The last week has been crazy in the streets of South Africa as people celebrated our win at the Rugby World Cup in Japan
There is a basic belief in most societies that there is a spiritual world beyond this world. What does the Bible say?
Rock Art by Bushmen is found in many parts of Southern Africa. We visited the Eastern Cape Drakensberg Mountains near Mount Fletcher over the Heritage Day long weekend
Some really serious surprises are in store when Jesus returns. Some will be pleasantly surprised and others sadly dismayed!
The Old Testament has some important lessons for life. Ecclesiastes is an important book to read and think about.
Another National Arts Festival in the Eastern Cape - here is the diary of someone who spent four nights in Makhando to support the Arts and enjoy the experience
What sets African Game Parks aside is the possibility of seeing the so called "Big Five". Here we look at the Big Cats.
Some election posters near our house caught my eye and led me to ponder the coming elections.
Everyone has some kind of artistic ability. At the National Arts Festival in South Africa Art is celebrated
The Kruger National Park in South Africa is a great place to enjoy wildlife and so we travelled there two weeks ago.
A recent trip to the Klein Karoo on a fruit picking and buying trip highlighted this beautiful part of South Africa in our minds -worth a visit.
Marriage as we know it is in trouble. Perhaps due to the ideas of a modern thinking that believes there are no absolute rules about anything.
The Anglo-Boer War is another sad story of human greed and pride leading to untold suffering and loss of property and life. Rayne Kruger gives an excellent description of the whole scenario.
The problem of poverty is so big that we feel helpless. Look around and do something in your area.
Paul started the work in this area and now he writes two letters to encourage the church there and correct some misconceptions about the Second Coming of Jesus.
Every book in the New Testament is special but Philippians is specially so as it has been described as "the Letter of Joy".
The letter to the Ephesian Church by Paul is an important message for unity.
The Galatian letter by the Apostle Paul has been called the most important letter ever written as it lead Martin Luther to the Reformation.(Ramsay) Here is a one lesson study.
A one stop look at a book of the Bible can reveal the big picture presented in that book. 2 Corinthians is a book that we often neglect. Here is an overview.
As we look at Paul's letter to the Corinthian Church we can identify many problems that exist even today. Paul's advice is relevant to every age.
Sometimes we get caught up so much in the detail of the Bible that we miss the message. This brief overview looks at the book from the view of its main message and themes.
It took some time for the early followers of Jesus who were Jews to realize that the new movement, called "The Way", was for the Gentiles also. Luke describes this progress in thought and application.
The women in Acts make an interesting study. Luke often relates their activities,
Marriage is at best challenging. Does a perfect marriage exist?
Another snapshot from the Book of Acts as prayer is considered. How, and for what did the early Christians pray. What can we learn from their example?
The only record we have of the spread of Christianity in the first century is the Book of Acts recorded by Luke, a companion of the Apostle Paul. What does he record about conversion to Christianity?
As the Message of Jesus went out it was taken by messengers, both men and women. That is how God worked.
The history of the early Church is recorded in the book of Acts by Luke and in this second "snapshot" we look at the rapid growth of the Church.
The book of Acts gives us an important look into the early history of the Christian Church as Luke records in as a second volume to his Gospel account.
With his death and burial the story should have ended but the final and conclusive sign takes place when Jesus rises from the dead.
An event planned since the beginning of time was taking place-who was really in control?
David was a man "after God's own heart" and gives good advice about life, even for today
Tent camping is a serious option when visiting Kruger National Park. It is relatively inexpensive and well catered for in all Camps in Kruger.
The other Gospels all record that Jesus spent time in prayer. In John 17 the writer of the 4th Gospel records three of the prayers.
Music seems to be part of our mind, heart and soul. Here I look back a little so why don't you join me.
We live I the age of the Holy Spirit; God dwelling in us. So John Explains some important fact to his disciples and to us.
John reports on the parable/example Jesus uses about the Christian life and comparing it to a Vineyard, something people in Palestine knew about.
As Jesus faces his death on the cross he prepares his disciples for his departure. The Holy Spirit is going to be there to help them in this time of desperation.
As Jesus again returns to Jerusalem he now turns his attention to his disciples. His public ministry is coming to an end as he prepares for the glorification of his Father on the cross.
Seven claims Jesus made using the claim "I am". Here he claims to be the light of the world and this drives the religious leaders to distraction.
In a divided country we all need to listen to the many different voices that need to express their feelings. The NNI sets out to achieve this.
The National Art Festival in Grahamstown every July is an event really worth attending. Here is the diary of a "Festino" who went for three nights this year.
Every now and then I find a book that moves me and this story set in the First Anglo-Boer War did just that.
South Africa has many hidden places and this Eastern Cape gem is no exception. Lying on the Sundays River near Port Elizabeth it is a great place to spend some time. The Addo Elephant park is nearby
One of the great African Game Reserves re-visited in the fall of 2017-some unusual sightings
Some feel that Christianity no longer has a place in our modern world. The priciples and teachings of Jesus are actually still as important as when he lived.
400 years on Southern African History as described by a cross section of society. Covering 1490-1900 it is a great collection of letters, journals, reports and observations
It is easy to reject a belief in God, but what if you decide to believe? Here are three reasons to consider seriously before you make up your mind.
Recent books I have read made me think about the top ten books I would advise someone to read about South Africa-here is my suggestion. What would you add?
Who are these people living in shacks in most African Cities and how can they be helped?
Sometimes the best places to start birding are not out in the wilderness but right in the city. Your garden, parks and nature reserves provide a safe refuge for the birds of an area.
South Africa has a large variety of shells and collecting them makes an interesting hobby
Shells have fascinated people since earliest times and have an interesting history-the Cowrie is one type.
The New South Africa offers new challenges and new opportunities. As a modern Western culture meets an African Tribal culture there are certain to be interesting times.
Birding the Komga area near East London in South Africa we came across some great birds. Here are some of the raptors. Raptors in the field are really interesting to watch as they look for food.
The three big cats in Africa are the Lion, Cheetah and Leopard. Seeing them in the wild stirs the soul as nothing else does.
Africa is a continent of many countries and tribes and nations, full of contrasts, contradictions and challenges but here is why I love it!
Eagles and Hadedas do not compete for food and their build is different. Sometimes we also get confused as to who we as humans are and parents need to realize that every child is different and unique.
The variety and beauty of this country is the result of a combination of location, climate and geological history. The scenery is a wonder to be enjoyed again and again.
South Africa is indeed a "Rainbow Nation" made up of many different people with eleven official languages- here are just a few of these people.
Often beautiful places are quite close and so we need to take the time to enjoy them!
Love comes in different forms. Romantic Love is great but Relationship Love is what it is all about. Enjoying real love is a choice we can make but unfortunately few choose it.
Elephants are amazing animals but don't get too close!
Kite surfing is one of the options for holiday fun but for the fit and strong only.
Addo Elephant Park in Spring is a real delight, specially after the good rains this year. The young are out exploring their dangerous world while it is also mating time for some.
So many people in today's world are struggling to find happiness in their lives. This can lead to depression and poor relationships. The question is; who is responsible for your happiness?
Building a good relationship is difficult and looking at how one can work at it is the first step to sucess..
Art can be defined narrowly or broadly. Travelling in Africa many informal artists produce 'art' pieces to make a living. Here are a few examples from South Africa.
Careful planning is the secret to a great wedding, but who is in charge of the weather?
After the spring rain falls in Namaqualand on the SW Coast of South Africa in August and September the flowers come out to bloom creating one of the wonders of nature..
"Men will sometimes do strange things that even they do not know why" Jacque left his family for the diamond fields, now his daughter has found him.
Sprinting is perhaps the purist of all Olympic sport. A story that links natural talent with great opportunity. Is there a Zinzi out there? Who will look and find her?
Home again but now Susan and Gloria recieve an really unfxpected parcel.A big susprise that evokes a mixed response!
First in a series of best five photos of almost any possible topic including famous places, animals, etc. By an enthusiastic amateur photographer and his wife.
Strange things happen when the diamond diggers finally find a big rough. A story of a father who dissapeared. Will the daughter he left behind find him?
John is a gospel that challenges the unbeliever to believe and also the believer to a deeper understanding.Here Jesus calls for witnesses to the truth of his claim.
Birds are facinating to study and learn about. What an amazing question,how fast and far do they fly?
Sometimes change is frightening. Rather stay in my comfort zone. Jesus brings about change.
Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well and breaks almost every convention before unlikely things start to happen.
Hidden in cities are little nature gems that often even the locals do not know about and certainly don't use enough. Here in East London we have the Nahoon River with two great Nature Reserves!
Hearing the Bible message is the way to grow faith in Jesus: Rom 10:17 -That is God's plan. John's gospel is a good place to start ti find your faith if it is lost.
John's Gospel account differs from the other three accounts. What makes it different? Does it have a message for today?
Reading the Bible is something many feel they would like to do but somehow don't get around to it. Start with John's Gospel.
Every one dreams of a big road trip in the USA, we did. But then when we both retired from teaching we did it. We have been on the road for nearly two months and time is flying.
What is Christianity all about. Has it losts its purpose?
Why is this called the Wild Coast, perhaps these photos will explain.
Going back to the past is almost never a good experience. I return to Sodwana Bay in Northern Kwa-Zulu, South Africa after many years. This is rated as one of the top ten diving spots in the World.
Coming from the Easter Cape Nelson Mandela is a living legend. This rare flower, the Mandela Gold has been named after him and he deserves the honor. The flowers in our garden are blooming!
Is hubbing addictive? How does one know if you are an addict?
Jesus claimed to be the Son of God: truth or a sad delusion. Its your choice as to what you believe.Don't make a decision based on ignorance!
A Little bit of Birding, a little bit of golf and some History of this area. The so called "suicide of the Xhosa Nation".
Anyone who plays golf understands its joys and frustrations. Some tips from an occasional golfer that will certainly help your game and perhaps keep you sane.
One of the highlights of our road trip in the USA was to see the Manatees and then to see one underwater. As we drifted in the current I thought how priviledged I was. Wakulla State Park-Florida.
After over 16 000 miles and 35 States we found many places that are great birding venues. Where would we suggest someone visits in the USA if they only have a week or two?
For many of us poverty is something that other people experience and luckily it is not my problem.Susan is typical of many who are attempting to break the circle for their children.What can she do?
Sharks and people often share the same environment, that is we go into their habitat and are visitors there. East London, South Africa on the Indian Ocean is a great surfing destination. What do the sharks think of that?
Marriage presents a great opportunity but also many challenges. Think about it as painting a masterpiece together. A joint project!
H.D.Thoreau in Walden and Solomon in Ecclesiastes come to the question about what life is all about from very different perspectives. What can we learn?
Some suggestions about getting better photos for the owner of a digital camera, from someone who is learning every day!
Most people visit California for the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Our 6 month road trip took us north and what a surprise! The Redwoods alone made it worth while.
Favorite places are special and everyone should have at least one.Why Gubu Dam is one of mine is because of its beauty and seclusion.Join me as I try to explain.
Sometimes it is best to try and laugh at the problems of life. We all enjoy ups and downs (the ups more than the downs)and keeping a sense of humor helps. So smile!
It is easy to become negative about getting old, but think of the many good things that come with age. A look at the positive side of getting old, from a personal perspective.
We visit Kruger National Park and as always we meet interresting people. One is a young boy of about 3 who is travelling with his Grandfather and Dad. His name is Francious.
Birders speak a strange language and identificatiom is tricky.Here are some reflections on birding as a hobby. We also visit one of the USA top birding spots, Cheyenne Bottoms in Kansas.
Most people dream of a long road trip in the USA but we decided to do it. 16 000 miles and 35 states in 6 months. A retired couple, a tent and a 20 year old Ford Econoline on the road.