These bits and pieces are what happens: - when a Lutheran Pastor retires in Adelaide, close to the 'headquarters' of his church; - when he needs a break from gardening; - when he has some time between wood-carving projects; - when it's too hot or too cold to muck around in the shed; - when he has 'misplaced' his wife's list of jobs to be done; - when he has overlooked the requests made by his grandkids to go to places and do things; - when he needs more than cryptic crossword puzzles to keep his brain active; - when . ah! I've forgotten what I want to say!! So . . . the lesson you might take from this page is NEVER RETIRE! or RETIRE NOW! I AM HOPING THAT WHAT I HAVE INCLUDED ON THIS SITE MAY BE OF INTEREST TO YOU. **** ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE SOMETIMES-TRICKY TOPIC OF UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE? If you select that menu option you will be able to meet my long-time and it-took-me-a-while-to-really-get-to-know friend, Hermen. He opened my eyes to some basic considerations that need to be taken into account when looking at any part of the Bible.
You will be able to accompany me on fact-finding junket (to use today’s terms) to ancient Egypt to see what can be gathered there about the writing of the Creation account in Genesis 1. And then to accompany me on a follow-up visit to Palestine (the village of Bethany to be precise) for a second documentary about the writing of the History before Abraham (as recorded in Genesis 2:4–11:23).
**** ARE YOU INTERESTED IN RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP? If you select that menu option you will be able to spend some time with me in preparing for worship each Sunday. No, not so you can lead worship (though I don’t rule that out at all). But just for going along to take part. I have tried to listen to the readings for the Sundays of the Church Year so I can come up with a Good-News theme for worship for each Sunday. Knowing something about what’s coming up in worship helps me to take part more fully. Nothing would make me happier than to help you in a similar way. I get pretty cheesed off sometimes when I take part in the antiphonal readings of the Psalms in worship. They are so old fashioned, so full of weird words. Some, I reckon, are even inappropriate for Christian worship. So I’ve taken the bull by the horns and reworked all the psalms used in worship, trying to make them a little more up-to-date. Of course, you may regard my efforts as a complete waste of time. And that’s fine – because the bull gave me one of the rides of my life! AND WHAT ABOUT PRIVATE WORSHIP?
Psalms serve good purposes quite apart from worship. So I’ve also adapted the psalms so they can be used better for personal meditation and prayer. There is also an order for Prayer at the end of the day, called COMPLINE, and used in monasteries. I have found this of benefit as before-bed prayers. So I have adapted Compline for personal use.
**** ARE YOU INTERESTED IN NEWSPAPERS FROM BIBLICAL TIMES? If you select that menu option you may be amazed at what it may have been like to live in a town when Jesus walked in the streets. As a result of careful imaginative research, l am able to reveal something about life in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. And in Capernaum during the ministry of Jesus. Then, going back earlier in history, there is the newspaper from the time of the Children of Israel's sojourn in Goshen. There is also material from the time of the Children of Israel's Exodus Journey into the Promised Land. And there are papers from the time of Joshua's taking possession of the Promised Land.
**** ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE PARABLES JESUS TOLD? BUT THEY ARE ABOUT LIFE IN JESUS' TIME. WHAT IF JESUS VISITED OUR WORLD AND USED WHAT HAPPENS TODAY TO TELL THE SAME PARABLES? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PARABLES TRANSPOSED? If you select that menu option you may wonder what stopped Jesus from contacting me before he told some of his but-it-doesn’t-happen-like-that-today stories. You may also realize why he didn’t – and why it didn’t even cross his mind.
**** ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CROSSWORD PUZZLES? WHAT ABOUT CRYPTIC PUZZLES? If you select that menu option you may (come on, it is a possibility!) join me in enjoying these challenging and enjoyable puzzles. Or you may make a firm decision to forget about them forever. Either way, you will find out why I enjoy them.