211. The Rock of Revelation

One is allowed back in church again.  If there are some restrictions regarding the virus, there is at least hope that it will end soon.  Things feel a bit more normal.  We have been plucked out of our normality in a cruel and extreme way.  In the beginning of virus-politics and virus-regulations  one often heard about a “new normal”.  I wonder…

206. The Scale of Scarcity

As children we often played with ants.  They are fascinating little creatures.  They walk in long rows, mostly single file.  We were astonished at how persistent they would march to some or other destination.  We  used to put all sorts of obstacles in their way to see how they react – a heap of sand, a stone, a stick or…

193. Keep calm and carry on

We know the drill, don’t we?  As soon as there are widespread unrest, violence, disasters and political upheaval, the voices announcing the end of the world become louder.  Some of them sound like an old-fashioned doom prophet speaking a lament over our world in a cocksure tone of voice.  These days they have many soundtracks, crying out on…

190. But you…what about you?

We live in community – there is no doubt about that.  Many things decided within a community impact our lives even though we might not agree with it.  Sometimes unconditional obedience is demanded from us, as we have all experienced during Covid regulations. The words of Jesus to his disciples often served to set them…

122. Seeking a saviour.

[John12] Do we really know what darkness is? When there is no hope of intervention or outcome in any way. I wonder whether our modern western world, in which Christianity and the doctrine of an almighty God is such an integral part of our culture that it is “to be had” even if a person…

67. It is finished.

[Revelation – Conclusion] Over the past months we have studied the book of Revelation, chapter by chapter. Just last week we rejoiced in the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in the last chapter. It brings this study to an end. I would like to repeat a few salient points. The study runs from Pebbles…

66. A city, I’ve been told.

[Revelation 22] Oh Pebble pals, we have talked about the heavenly host. Just think of the most sought after invitation you have ever had or yearn for, to the feast that would put all other celebrations in second place by far. The ultimate gala that you could dream up in your Holy Spirit inspired imagination…

65. Old words, new meaning.

[Revelation 21] All of us know the emotions of change. There is always a double-sided feeling of a divided soul. Even when the change is good, flowing from our good decisions, some elements of the old haunt us and might even come to bite our heels. Soul changes are the hardest, getting rid of bad…

64. Where do you write a naught?

[Revelation 20] What is a lifetime these days? What is there in our lifetime that lasts throughout? Change comes so quickly. Looking back over just the last five years of any life, so many things have changed. It is hard to keep track of the transformation of many aspects of our circumstances, people in our…

63. I’d like to teach the world to sing Halleluja!

[Revelation 19] Let’s face it – the languages of the world are quite something. I am fascinated by it and especially the history thereof. There are so many; so complicated and there are people so talented to conquer cultures, one word at a time. A language is the eye of insight into a nation, the…