Ponder Anew Blog

new beginnings

September 1, 2022

August 31, 2022Good 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 are in […]

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 […]

UBI CARITAS

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 […]

The politics of the gospel

July 9, 2022

July 8, 2022Good afternoon, ,”Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”  John 19:10-11 Then the LORD said […]

question everything

July 7, 2022

July 6, 2022Good afternoon, Jesus asks 307 questions in the New Testament. He is asked 183 questions and he answers only three questions. I did not research these numbers,  but I assume they are close to correct. There is an assumption by Jesus, I think, to work out our own faith. Jesus keeps his enemies and his […]

We are in good places

June 30, 2022

June 29, 2022Good afternoon, TOP Ten Liveable Cities in the World:Criteria  Stability   Healthcare  Culture and environment   Education  Infrastructure 4)  Calgary5)  Vancouver10) Toronto Canada has three cities in the top ten in the world. We live in one of the best places in the world. And yet we complain about our health care, our sidewalks and […]

a privilaged life

June 28, 2022

June 27, 2022 Good afternoon, .” He called out with a mighty voice,     `Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!   It has become a dwelling place of demons,      a haunt of every foul Spirit,      a haunt of every foul bird,      a haunt of every foul and hateful beast.’    Revelation 18:2 […]