Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

Sea. What kind of emotions does the sea or ocean make you feel? Do you remember the first time you went in the water? Had a wave crash on you? Felt the sand burn your feet? Do you feel more peaceful around water? Do you hate the beach? What’s the most interesting thing about the sea for you?

Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean

When I think of the sea or ocean, I am reminded of God creating them, and God’s Spirit [the Hebrew word can also refer to God’s wind or breath] “swept over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2) So I think of God’s immense, creative powers to fill these huge bodies of water with mystery and a beautiful array of life-forms. I also think of the vastness of these seas and oceans, and that reminds me of infinity, and eternity, life without end, life transcending time, which again is a gift from God and alludes to God’s creativity and love. When I think of the sea or ocean, I also think of two amazing works of Western literature: Mock Dick by the 19th century writer, Herman Melville, and his Captain Ahab, who was obsessed with chasing old Moby Dick, a huge sperm whale. The tale introduces a lot of themes, including interfaith relations, the meaning of life or life-quest for meaning, good and evil, God and humankind, and humankind’s place in the universe, etc.  The second work, of course, is Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” which again addresses themes such as high adventure on the sea, and humankind’s place in creation, as well as the beauty of creation, which the Mariner finally realises and the curses of his dead sailors are lifted, and the albatross falls off from around his neck into the water. My favourite lines in the poem are: “Water, water, every where,/And all the boards did shrink;/Water, water, every where,/Nor any drop to drink.”

Sea Shell

Sea Shell

Another Sea Shell

Another Sea Shell

These sea shells were photographed on Vancouver Island, one of our favourite places to vacation in Canada, with many wonderful sandy beaches. They remind me not only of the beauty of God’s creation, but also of the fun child’s word game: “She sells sea shells by the sea shore.” Don’t you remember trying to compete with other family or friends by seeing who could speak these words the fastest, without making a mistake? 🙂  Thanks for visiting, and please visit the other entries here.

CBC Man Alive Host Roy Bonisteel dead at 83



Former CBC television host and journalist Roy Bonisteel has died at the age of 83. Bonisteel hosted the current affairs program Man Alive from 1967 to 1989 and became a public speaker, writer and citizenship judge. You can read the Winnipeg Free Press news item here.

Man Alive was definitely my favourite T.V. program for several years! The show’s name was based on second century church leader Iraneus’ quotation: “The glory of God is in man [sic] fully alive.”

Roy Bonisteel was a most gracious, kind, and thought-provoking host. Over the years he interviewed a wide array of some of the most interesting saints and sinners. Too bad CBC could not find a successor to continue with the program on a permanent basis.

Roy’s book, although published in 1980, In Search of Man Alive is well worth reading. In it you can read Roy’s conversations with such people as: Malcolm Muggeridge, Elie Wiesel, the Berrigan brothers, Claude Ryan, Sondra Diamond, Gordon Sinclair and George Johnston, Barbara Ward, Robert McLure, Mother Teresa, Viktor Frankl, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Germaine Greer, and others.

My favourite chapter is “The Witness,” Roy’s conversation with Holocaust survivor and author, Elie Wiesel. Each chapter begins with a quote, here’s the opening one from Elie Wiesel: “Silence to me is the soul of the world. It is what cannot be said that is important.” (p. 49) Yet, ironically, Wiesel believes himself to be a witness, to speak of the unspeakable tragedy of the Holocaust. His closing words summarise it well: “I really see myself as a witness,” he told me. “I bear witness to the past through tales and story telling. I try to reach out, especially to the young and say ‘look what happened. Listen.’ It’s not that awful. It’s not to be sad about. It’s a privilege and a curse at the same time. To live today is to remember. So listen to my tales and spread them.” (pp. 55-56) True to Wiesel’s word in this conversation, I highly recommend his books, and encourage readers to visit his website here.

Thanks to the contributions of people like Roy Bonisteel, the church and the world is more liveable and sane. God grant Roy Bonisteel eternal peace.

Sermon 14 Pentecost Yr C

You can read my sermon for August 25, 2013 here: 14 Pentecost Yr C

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Focus. This week’s challenge is inspired by Matthew George’s post on focus, in which he introduced us to the basics of depth of field and aperture. He explained what an image with a shallow depth of field looks like (or conversely, a photo with a greater depth of field), and how the aperture setting on your camera affects it.

For this challenge, get out there and take a picture demonstrating the concept of focus. Depending on your skill level or type of camera, tinker with the manual settings, use the auto focus feature, or play around with an app.

Blur shot of tree

Blur shot of tree

Same tree, more distant shot

Same tree, more distant shot

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
-Martin Luther                                                                                                                 
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. -Abraham Lincoln
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. -William Blake                       Check out the other entries here.


Sermon 13 Pentecost Yr C

Read my sermon for August 18, 2013 here: 13 Pentecost Yr C

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

Summer memories make everything feel magical to me — carefree and untroubled.

Even on the trips where everything went wrong, I look back and smile at the narrow escapes, or the long walks on a beach while I sorted out and righted the world.

Whether a good memory was made in years past, yesterday, or only moments ago, I love letting the nostalgia wrap me up — like a borrowed sweater on a cold summer night. Even more, I love making new memories: a carefree summer at the lake, a stroll through the park, dancing in the rain… then all I need to do is remember, and the same carefree feeling washes over me.

BC Ferry Ride

BC Ferry Ride

“Summertime and the livin is easy…” This photo was taken while on the ferry from Vancouver to Nanaimo, which we’ve travelled on several times over the years to visit family and friends.  Check out the other entries here.

How many books do you read?


Where do you fit into this picture? I wouldn’t say that I’m “an international expert” and I’ve definitely read for more than 7 years in my field!