Ponder Anew Blog

Trial of the Century

September 21, 2022

September 20, 2022 Good afternoon, back to the trial… John 18:18-27” You are a King then? ” said Pilate.  Jesus answered, ” You are right in saying I am a King. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the  side of truth […]

diaster in pakistan

September 21, 2022

September 19, 2022 ( the funeral services for the Queen ) Good afternoon, Flooding in Pakistan Deaths  1508 Injured  12,758 Roads destroyed 12,718 kms Bridges destroyed 390 Houses destroyed 1,817,550 Livestock deaths  927,543 People affected 33 million These numbers are numbing. I cannot imagine what this kind of disaster looks like. It is beyond the numbers. Each of these houses wrecked are of […]

listen to your life

September 1, 2022

August 29, 2022 Good afternoon,” Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.”   Frederick Buechner David Brooks wrote about Frederick Buechner in the weekend edition of the New York Times. Last week I wrote in my blog about the influence that Buechner had on me as a person, and as a […]

THE Meal Goes on…

September 1, 2022

August 30, 2022Good afternoon, The meal goes on and on… in John 13-17 The NIV ( New International Version ) titles the rest of the meal as follows: Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit        14:15-31      The Vine and the Branches             15:1-17      The World Hates the Disciples  […]

new beginnings

September 1, 2022

August 31, 2022 Good afternoon,” Worship the Lord with gladness. ” The psalmist I was at Knollcrest today.  The staff brought the residents who wanted to come for the half hour worship service. The staff is amazing as they show care for each of the residents, and call them by their first name. Most of the residents […]

sabbath keeping

August 12, 2022

August 11, 2022 Good afternoon,” Sabbath is one of clearest signs of the gospel of grace. You intentionally accomplish nothing and God still loves you. ” Rich Villedos on Twitter” Remember the Sabbath, and keep it holy ” — the Fourth Commandment from Exodus 20When I grew up in the 1960’s , we had the […]

checking in

August 11, 2022

August 5, 2022Good evening,( sorry for the late blog, but the power was off this afternoon at Poole )In my 2021 report to the church for its annual meeting, I promised to put together a survey, to enter into a discussion of the present reality here at Poole. I was hoping that we would be closer to the end of […]

Pentecost music

July 15, 2022

for July 9, 2022 ( late into the evening ) Good morning,We were out late last evening to a concert at the Kultrun Festival. It was at the baseball diamond in St. Jacobs behind the Firehall. There were four bands, and  the last one was from South Korea. This is how the last band described themselves and their music: […]

Short texts Big ideas

July 15, 2022

July 12, 2022 ( eight more sleeps ) Good afternoon, There are some passages in the Bible that are all-defining for the faith of people:Genesis 1-2 ( creation and the beginning of the world…)Micah 6:6-8 ( love mercy, do justice … )I Corinthians 13 ( the love chapter )Ephesians 2 ( breaking down the wall of […]


July 15, 2022

July 11, 2022 Good afternoon, ” Ubi caritas et amor,       Ubi caritas deus ibi est . ”  Song from Taize ( VT 773 ) I appreciate many of the songs from Taize, but I think this is the one I sing the most. It is in Latin. I took four years of Latin in high school, and […]