To the Millions of Readers…

…living in my imagination, and to the few who actually read what I post here: Apologies for not posting for a while. Things have been pretty hectic these past few weeks, and they’ll get more hectic in the next few weeks, what with Christmas coming up and all that.

 

One thing that’s kept me busy was the repair of my fish tank. I found out several weeks ago that my tank had sprung a leak. It wasn’t serious – just a few drops that left the aquarium stand and the floor below it constantly damp. To my friends who keep fishes in aquariums, you know what a hassle it is to repair a tank. I had to drain out all the water, remove the gravel, clean everything up, and then (the hardest part of all) wait for the repair guy. Meanwhile, my two fish, Dialectix and Homiletix, were transferred to a pet shop run by a friend of mine.

DialectixThey’ve grown considerably when I last saw them, probably because the shop owner’s been feeding them tubifex worms. I’ve been feeding them flakes and pellets which, contrary to what’s written on the labels, don’t seem to work in making fish to grow. Or maybe I’m doing the feeding wrong? Anyway, once they’re back in my tank (in about another two weeks, since I have to wait for the tank to “mature”) it’s back to frozen peas for them. Pictured is Dialectix, my Calico ranchu.

 

Time to diet, my little friends.

Revelation, Not RevelaTIONS!

Part of my personal devotions lately is listening to the sermon series on the Book of Revelation by Arturo Azurdia III. I appreciate that he starts his series, not with Revelation 1:1, but with 1 Corinthians 13. (For those who don’t know, that’s the chapter on love that seems ubiquitous during weddings.)

Why start with Corinthians when preaching on Revelation? One thing we Reformed people seem to forget is that a little extra knowledge puffs up. That’s just a little knowledge; can you imagine what a huge amount can do?

Somebody has to pull a lot of us down and remind us to be humble and loving in our dealing with people. Let’s remember that without love, we are merely clanging cymbals. A very hard lesson for most of us (me included), is to remember to practice love as you continue to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Here’s the link to the sermon series. There are over eighty sermons in total.

Enjoy His word.

“Finitum non capax infinitum.”

Wind in the Willows

 

(Many, many thanks to Rev. Dennis Yam for purchasing the DVD set in my behalf.)

 

Some of my spare time these days are spent watching a DVD adaptation of one of my favorite books, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. I agree with those who say that this adaptation, made by Cosgrove Hall, is one of the best. It captures very well the magic of the world created by Grahame, as well as the attributes of each of the main characters.

If you want to listen to the theme song from the series, here’s a link to Ralph Mctell’s website – Wind in the Willows song.

 

 

 

 

“Finitum non capax infinitum.”

 

PS. No, you may not borrow my DVD set to make your bootlegged copy. Buy your own. Or go to Youtube. Or better yet, go to National Bookstore (”The total bookstore, where the only thing less is the price.”) or Powerbooks and buy your own copy. ’nuff said.

Update: Pictured on the left is the cover for the Season 1 DVD. The main characters (from L-R): Badger, Mole, Rat, and Toad of Toad Hall. Cosgrove Hall did an adaptation of the book, and followed with a series, which ran for four seasons.

Just Across the Street and Around the Corner…

I’ve added some new links to my blogroll. These are the sites I enjoy visiting over and over again. There are a couple of new articles to be read/appreciated/digested almost every week (Triablogue seems to add several new things every day). Below are descriptions of some of these links, and brief explanations why I find them enjoyable. Drop by their place and see if our tastes match. Even if they don’t, I doubt you’ll come away from visiting these sites empty-handed.

First, there’s the website of Dr. James White, Alpha and Omega Ministries. This is, in my opinion, probably one of the world’s best Christian debaters. Visit his site and you’ll see articles and audio files tackling everything from Islam to KJV-Onlyists, to Jehovah’s Witnesses, to… well just about everybody. Dr. White is currently on a ministry cruise (you can see details on his website), but his colleagues are doing a fine job manning the fort.

Second, the Narrow Mind is the podcast of Pastor Gene Cook Jr. He and his friends provide different show types every day. There’s Eschatology Tuesday, wherein they discuss end times in general and (currently) the book of Revelation in particular. There’s also Atheistic Wednesday, where atheists are invited to interact with the hosts. A warning though: Some of the music Gene chooses for his show can be a bit loud for some people. (The link I provide here takes you to Unchained Radio. To download and listen to their programs click on the image of the eye peeking through the keyhole, found on the right sidebar.)

Last (for now) is Triagblogue, a website run by about seven guys. I have to hand it to these guys – they can write, and write long. You won’t believe the effort these guys put in when responding to atheists and theological kooks. (Do these ever sleep?) Be ready to press the Page Down button several many times as you read. One complaint though: I wish they’d fix the layout of their articles. Sometimes you can’t tell where their arguments end and where the other side begins.

Blessings as you read!

“Finitum non capax infinitum.”

Animals, Animals, Animals

I’m sure not everyone will agree, but tarantulas make very fine and interesting pets. They don’t require much care, unlike dogs, cats, or perhaps even hamsters. I can state several reasons why I like tarantulas as pets:

  • They are good conversation pieces. Really.
  • Unlike with paintings and other works of art, one doesn’t have to pretend to like the spider to make the owner feel happy. I own a spider and I certainly don’t mind if people get freaked out. (Try that with a painting. Remark to the owner that he has an ugly painting on his wall and you’ll have war on your hands.)

  • Apropos to the points above: You don’t have to know much about spiders. Hey, we tarantula lovers would love to sit down with you over a cup of coffee and explain away the beauty of God’s creation in the form of a web-weaving, insect-eating little wonder.

Pictured is my little (relatively) harmless Green Bottle Blue Tarantula (chromatopelma cyaneopubescens) named, Suffix. (Click on the thumbnail to get a clearer view.) I used to have two spiders, but Prefix, my phlogeillus baeri, managed to escape from his container and is now hiding domiciled somewhere in some obscure corner of my room.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, all my pets have an -ix ending to their names. I’ll tell you why in another post.

Why The Weird Blog Name?

As those little characters below “in favilla et cinere” say, this is NOT just another WordPress blog. I’m not exactly sure what it is yet, since I’m just starting out (belatedly, I know) with blogging, and I have absolutely no idea where this little adventure will take me. I do intend to make my blog stand out, which is easier said than done.

But For those interested to know what this little blog is about: The title is part of a line Job says in response to God’s revealing himself near the end of the book of Job. Job says, “I repent in dust and ashes.” In favilla et cinere is just “dust and ashes” in Latin.

Why did I choose that? First, Latin adds a little mystery of sorts. Not until you read what I’ve written in the preceding paragraph will you understand what the title means. I wanted to use Sanskrit, but I don’t think other systems all carry the font.

Second, I believe that repenting in dust and ashes is where we all start in our Christian life. It isn’t exactly when “I have decided to follow Jesus;” but when God picks us up out of the mire of our misery and graciously gives us life in the Son. It’s a good little reminder of how we started.

Finally, I believe in favilla et cinere is a whole lot better than my earlier choices: Sympathomimetix (don’t ask), Ohsanisms (not bad, but…), and Over A Cup Of Coffee. The last one has a relaxing and welcoming ring to it, but I’d still have second thoughts about using something which might cause people to confuse me with the late Teodoro Valencia. (Remember him?)

Still A Work In Progress…

For those of you who just dropped by: This blog is still a work in progress. I plan to have it up and running (God willing) within a week or so. Right now I’m still doing some tweaking here and there (like, I can’t seem to make the links appear, when I know I already linked to several sites. Oh well, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Thanks for stopping by, and hope to interact with you all soon.

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What's for dinner?

Pilgrim Shepherd

Thoughts & Reflections of Bj L Villanueva

John Nery | Newsstand

A Journalist in the Philippines

Starstation Computer Art

2D Graphics & 3D Meshwork

Emnidy@Wordpress

What's for dinner?