Rolled Off the Line

Trusty old beauty

Saw a lot of miles

Traversed many states

Caught the attention

Of surprised good folk.

But now a change

A stopping

In memorium

Graffiti will come

Will suggest

A more purposeful time

Remembered with thanks.

Note: I guess that this is my way of saying that I will post no more new material at this site. Neither will I be employing any other WordPress sites hereafter with the exception of one:

Doug Blair

Waterloo, Ontario

oh, and one more thing…

Revelation Taking Root


Sometimes words are said

But meaning comes up missing

Listeners scratch their heads

Or just move on apace.

Deeper truth is there

Than meets the understanding

Whether now to soft-sell

Or hold on firm in grace?

Spirit gave the words

And Teacher just relayed them

Precious puzzling package

Must wait a richer clay.

May we have the strength

To leave them there maturing

Taking root unseen

Until their blossoming day.




Wednesday, January 5, 2011The World’s Laughter (from Moments Mid-Stream)

I love to listen to Steve Brown and the Key Life radio broadcast. He
often pokes fun at religious pomposity in himself and in the church.

Yesterday he was giving anecdotes of new believers who were behaving
unreasonably in the eyes of their friends and neighbours. A new-found
faith had appeared to establish such certainty in the big issues of
life. The convert felt himself to be a valuable providence for others.
Such fanaticism. Such half-cooked reality! Such unapproachable
self-assurance. It deserved the world’s laughter.

He spoke of an old friend who with embarrassment told the following
story: She had just gotten saved. The Holy Spirit had turned on some
of the lights concerning Christ’s finished work of redemption. She
wanted to impact some of her neighbours. (She couldn’t bear to see
them go to Hell, or so she thought.) Written invitations were sent out
for a Bible study. She cleaned up the house. Scattered around open
Bibles. Put away all the secular magazines and novels. And baked
fish-shaped cookies! Fish-shaped, like the ancient secret symbol of
believers in the catacombs of Rome! Yeah team.

The scheduled evening came and not a single neighbour arrived. In the
silence of her “sanctified” living room she thought she could hear
laughter. The world’s laughter. Clearly this was not the way to get to
know strangers; to affirm them; to help them; to gain their trust; to
represent the riches of belief.

The remembered barb which came from that ill-conceived outreach stayed
with this woman throughout her Christian walk. In Brown’s words the
world’s laughter had been a “severe mercy”. It had been inevitable.

Steve Brown is often one to warn that the Christian does not have it
all together. The healthy church is honest about its short-comings.
The scriptures contain many mysteries and half-contradictions which
will only be half-understood this side of Glory. To represent a stiff
certainty and smugness in the face of all the world’s problems is to
render no service at all. Scripture delivered in such a spirit comes
across like snowballs packed with pebbles.

Blood and Water

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Aye, there was a death alright.

Sent me back to finish off

The three of them.

Clubbed, smashed legs

For the two rogues.

Breathing becomes impossible.

Third one looked already gone.

They told me He’d been different;

Calm, connecting with some Spirit.

Eyes closed, serene

Like a worker in a well-earned sleep.

He seemed out of place.

Nasty business for One

Who had taught peacefully in town.

So I’m told.

Feeling the ugliness of my job

I thrust with spear,

Bringing on a queer eruption

Of blood and water.

Happens sometimes.

Convulsive internal rupture

Confirming death.

We spared His legs.

Those who remained

Around the cross

Were all in tears.

As if something great had broken

Inside them too.

(1 John 5: 6-8)

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Not Even Blushing

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Pillowed Pulpits

Jeremiah 6:

13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.

Take a look at the churches today. Are they honestly addressing the hurt of the daughters and sons of their people? Or are they too much dedicated to keeping the merry-go-round of program going. All must be smiles and positive comment. The worldly pre-occupations of the people (covetousness) must be…

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The Book Ends


In my estimation Isaiah 61 is one of the most beautiful portions of
the Old Testament. It is so strongly prophetic of the earth ministry
of Jesus, from beginning to end.

It begins with a statement of the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon
the messenger of Good News, healing, comfort and liberation. It offers
an exchange of joy for sorrow through faith. It closes with a reminder
that one must accept freely the offer of the garments of salvation and
the robe of righteousness. One must come to the wedding. (Revelation

Jesus in an early address in his home town of Nazareth made use of the
early verses in describing his mission as Messiah:

Luke 4:

18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering
of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Then at the close of His ministry He is being questioned by the
religious leaders as to the authority for His speaking before the
people. He refers to a glorious wedding, and the invitation of a
Father figure, a King, the many who opted out for shallow reasons, and
the beggarly few who quickly responded to the call.

The parable of the wedding feast (Matthew 22) referred to in the
preceding post seems to echo the words of Isaiah:

10.I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my
God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath
covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh
himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her

Jesus is responding to the inquisition of the Pharisees and Sadducees
as a lamb being poked and prodded in examination before the holy
sacrifice. He highlights the tragic consequences of refusing the
wedding invitation upon its exact terms. He sees Jewish religion doing
that very thing. His woes in Matthew 23 speak to the hypocrisy of
religion by way of form. His prophecy in chapter 24 speaks to the
disastrous fall of Jerusalem for not having recognized her day of
visitation and invitation.