Ponder Anew Blog

Death and Life

April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021Good morning/afternoonIt is 9:00 am, and I’m waiting for my mother-in-law’s funeral to begin. It is set to start at 10. If not for COVID, I would be there. Shirley left for Pennsylvania last Saturday. I feel bad for not being there for Shirley. But it was not possible for me to go. […]

Faith, Politics and Life

April 16, 2021

April 15, 2021Good afternoon,” I would rather have my politics than yours ( the church’s ) politics.”      quote from a former Liberal politician who was a Christian “As a local municipal politician, I think about this statement a lot. It was said to a peace committee that I was a part of in the mid 1990’s.  […]

“For We Too Are his offspring” Acts 17

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021Good afternoon, Happy New Year in Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.Mubarak Ramadan in the Muslim world. It starts today at sunrise, and continues for a month. As our world gets bigger, or smaller, we encounter new cultures, new languages and different peoples of faith. We can learn new diets, new insights and new worldviews from others. […]

How Can We Survive ?

April 13, 2021

Good afternoon,” I have much to write to you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink.  I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name. ”   3rd John 13-14 I write to you, Poole […]


April 13, 2021

April 7, 2021 Good afternoon, ” Why do you complain, Jacob?     Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord;     my cause is disregarded by my God”?  Do you not know?     Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not […]

THE Pandemic of GUNS

April 13, 2021

April 10, 2021 Good afternoon  ” Mass shootings are a uniquely American problem.’           Juliette Kayyam 2021 Juliette is a security analyst. She is often on CNN, and she has her own show on National Public Radio. And she cannot figure out why there are so many mass shootings in America every year. She is a […]

Jesus is the head cook

April 7, 2021

April 6, 2021 Good afternoon, ” Jesus said to them, ‘ Bring some of the fish you have just caught’ …  Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.  Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with […]


April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021 CARVAGGIO (1571-1610 )   ‘ THE KISS’This painting is about the event in the Garden. The disciples just had an intimate meal together. They went out to the garden to pray to God. Then, the soldiers showed up to arrest Jesus, but waited for Judas to kiss the man whom they were to arrest. […]


April 1, 2021

Good afternoon,This painting is by the Swiss painter Antonio Ciseri ( 1821-1891). He painted this piece about Jesus, the crowd and Pilate in 1871. Listen to the crowd, not in the painting,  shout so that Jesus and Pilate can hear them. Prayer       Force us O God, to stand up for Jesus,       Help […]


March 30, 2021

March 30, 2021Good afternoon, This is a traditional painting of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus was a little darker skinned that this painter gave to him. In the Garden, Jesus is very human. He does not want to suffer, just like we do not want pain in our lives. But if life takes us into tougher […]