Category Religion

Reminder for Tough Times

A friend posted this on Facebook, and I though it worth passing on. This has been a rough year for so many people in so many ways. It isn’t always easy to keep a positive attitude. It reminded me of a passage from The Bible, from the fourth chapter of Philippians: Do not be anxious […]

Thanksgiving Day

Given that it is a holiday in Canada I thought it was a good time for some reflections on the day. This is an edited version of my first Thanksgiving post from 2014. Following a Canadian tradition that goes back to English explorer Martin Frobisher in 1578, Canadians today are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. The […]

Getting It Wrong

I was amused when I saw the snake. Even more amused when I saw the apple beside it. It was a half hour wait between trains, so we wandered down Offenburg’s main Street. We saw enough to mentally mark it down as a place for a Saturday excursion. At first I thought the snake was […]

What’s Best For Lydia?

I was going to make considerable comments on this situation, then decided to leave it with what was published on the website. Does this situation seem right to you? Iranian Christian converts Sam Khosravi and Maryam Falahi request prayer, after the appeal court in Bushehr upheld a decision to deny them custody of their daughter […]

Castle Chapel

I’m not sure if the castle in the spa town of Bad Wurzach has guided tours or is even open to the public. But its chapel is. Having a few minutes before my bus, I dropped by. Today the building houses a school, some apartments and a religious order. In the early 1940s it was […]

You and God

I’m supposed to be at the beach today, but the border was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m thinking of sand though. Which brought this poem to mind, a modern classic about humans and our relationship with our Creator. I must admit I’ve always felt it was a little simplistic, even if I agree […]

The Weeping Christ of Münstertal

I noticed this statue as we were leaving the grounds of St. Trudpert’s Cathedral in Münstertal for the walk back to Staufen. Somehow I missed it on the way in. Every child in Sunday School who has had to memorize Scripture can tell you that the shortest verse in the English-language Bible is “Jesus wept” […]

Sunday Morning In Turkey

Did you ever have a day when nothing seemed to go right? Of course you did.  It hasn’t quite been that bad for me today, but my computer has been less than cooperative, which means today’s post didn’t get finished. Instead I give you this post from February 2015.  Enjoy your Sunday! Anything free when […]

The Great Turkish Forgery

A Turkish court has confirmed the government can convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. Not an unexpected decision given Turkey’s political climate. I’m sure the folks at UNESCO are not happy, given that they weren’t consulted on this change to a world heritage site. It really is Turkey’s decision tough, but… […]

Turkish Politics and You

With the world concentrating on COVID-19, you may have missed Turkish President  Tayyip Erdogan’s latest not so subtle move to reshape his country. He wants to turn a museum into a mosque. Not just any museum though, but a UNESCO world heritage building, the Hagia Sophia. This is a popular move in a country where […]