The art reflected on is worth studying

The writer and the artist are names that can be used interchangeably, in terms of function– the purpose is to create using kinds of media and materials–and in style–to ‘stylize’ and place, for an effect, which can include journalism, in terms of how elements of art are embedded in journalism, such as flow. Both can change style in a period of their vocation/career, but this can be normal to writers and artists who can naturally be spontaneous, experimental and adventurous.

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Hybrids are not only cars

Styles can cross over into a hybrid style. It’s not only science that has hybrids. It’s languages as well. In my case, the English language, as a writer of English. I have lamented about some elements of my “Later style” and celebrated the style of the “Early” days, but when coming to the present day style, I’ve noticed it’s really a hybrid style. I’m recapturing again the early style, but the “Later style” has left traces as well. It’s about consciously applying the early style, but I still instinctively paint in the “Later style” as that is what I have been doing for about twenty years.

Where one stands

There’s nothing like an older article one has done to clarify where one stands on the topic at hand. One might find that one doesn’t hold that point of view anymore. It may be a memory of a distant past. This means one can go through life and come to a view that was different yesteryear. For me, I had taken a moderate view between two values, but one of those, eventually, had to give way.

Long ago, but still resonates

It’s great to read an old article of mine. What somebody said in it are quite simply words of wisdom and even encourage me today. I think that anyone who enjoys reading, will find that the stories and articles that they look back on, can still resonate, years later. It’s like those pleasant surprises one finds in the attic and the basement; a long lost card or report that surprises one and causes a most pleasant feeling to emerge in you.

Reflective mood

It’s a reflective ‘exercise’ looking back at my older articles. It still conjures up a vague, cloud-like impression of the past, but still with the concrete markers or posts of yesteryear, like why I wrote something, where I was, what I was doing. Perhaps its cathartic, in that it washes away a past memory, but a good one.

The media’s influence on moon landing conspiracies, and other human foibles

The new documentary Apollo 11 is hardly going to cause another moon landing conspiracy to be floated. By the review of Apollo 11 I read, it’s as a straightforward account of the moon landing as you’ll get. However, conspiracy theorists have screeds of counter claims backed up by the so-called evidence so won’t be worried. 

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Jesus: known or obscure?

In a brilliant film, Van Gogh, in At Eternity’s Gate (2018), says Jesus became known thirty years after his death. Before then Jesus was obscure, he says. I have a problem with this.

The gospels says about Jesus is that he was well-known to the people during his lifetime, and known soon after his lifetime, as Jesus’ message and Spirit spread immediately after his death and resurrection.

One of things that get overlooked at times, is that the gospel narratives and the story of the early church in Acts are reliable.

It may sound like one of those disagreements Van Gogh and Gaugin had in this movie–but this is me, a viewer, disagreeing with what Van Gogh says. Sounds strange, but it’s the point of view here I’m pointing to that’s a problem, not the movie itself.

Forgiveness is wonderful

Carrying on from last post, the cross is also powerful to forgive. This is God’s way to forgive the sin in our lives. Our sin or tendency to dark, selfish acts in whatever form is what displeases God, but God’s way to forgive us is the power of the cross.

God’s forgiveness when it is felt is liberating. The burden of sin is lifted off one’s life. Only God can forgive in this kind of way, that goes to the very heart of a person and sets one free.

God’s forgiveness is wonderful. It is so wonderful that God’s forgiveness can enable us to forgive those who have offended us, if we can truly appreciate how God has forgiven our own sins. One who loves much, has been forgiven much.

The message of the cross

Carrying on from the previous post, what is the message of the cross that it is so powerful? Even more powerful than people’s power? Here are my thoughts:

Jesus hanging on the cross looks like defeat, but there’s a hidden power behind the cross. The power of the cross is like a whirlwind, a storm of supernatural origin that one can’t see, but is something that operates in the spiritual realm. This power is power over sin and death that can help a human being overcome one’s powerlessness over death and sin. God’s power suffices instead of human power, to overcome the problems of death and sin in individual lives.

Power of men, power of God

Who is more powerful? Men or God? Jesus said about himself, “The Son of Man is going to be handed over to the power of men.” (Luke 9:44, Good News Bible). But only for a while would man seem to win…God was going to use the handing over of Jesus to the power to men. God let Jesus die crucified on a cross to show the world a greater glory: the power of God. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18, NIV). God is more powerful. It’s food for thought.