A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

cartoon20n-3-webIn an instructional talk given to the Syracuse Advertising Men’s Club, in March 1911, newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane coined the phrase “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” Contemporary idiomatic use may have modified the phrase ever so slightly, yet Brisbane’s axiom remains universally agreed upon and frequently employed. A little research would suggest that Brisbane’s phrase was ever so slightly derivative and perhaps numerically understated even. For example, a character within Ivan S. Turgenev’s 1862 novel, ‘Father and Sons’, opines “[This] drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book”. Unless, each page of Turgenev’s hypothetical book contained pages of no more than one hundred words, it seems that an element of textual deflation of several degrees had occurred between the scribings of Turgenev and Brisbane. If, in spite of numerical differences, both these learned gentlemen are correct in principle, then the typographically reductive nature of modern day social media, best depicted by the one hundred and forty characters of Twitter, was perhaps therefore inevitable. There seems to be an inverse relationship between the advancement of image technology and the reduction in the number of words needed. Think of Instagram as a perfect almost wordless example of this seemingly immutable law of inverse picture/word relationship. Continue reading

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A Torah Centred Life??

The Old Testament priest/scribe Ezra was a man of God. His lifestyle provided a model of practical godly leadership to a people in desperate need of hearing God’s word and seeing God’s will lived out practically.

In the ancient Hebrew language, the infinite construct with the preposition לֽ (pronounced ‘le’) often complements the main verb by expressing the purpose, goal or result to which the main verb points. In Ezra 7:10, there are three infinite construct forms that are used in this way in a verse which highlights Ezra’s personal commitments.
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Health Care On High Places??

Job has in recent months been re-reading his Old Testament. Lately this has been the historical books of Kings & Chronicles. Job has been struck time and again by the influence and persistence of idolatry found in these books. Any superficial reading will discover a variation of the following pattern being repeated time and time again: idolatry, warning, social decline/military defeat, repentance, removal of some idols, renewal, backsliding and back to idolatry. Often even after a time of national repentance and turning to the Lord, we are told that the idols on the high places remained. It seems that an extra degree of ruthless dedication was required to totally deal with the idolatry issue, and even then its influence would easily creep back as soon as a reforming king was followed by a wicked and godless successor. Continue reading

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A Pack of Dogs & A Herd of Swine

Here is a beauty. Job is unsure whether to cry with grief or boil with rage. He shall probably do both. Within the Gallery of Modern Art at Glasgow Museum a group comprising of the Metropolitan Community Church, Quest, Al Jannah Muslim Group and individuals from a range of faiths together with a couple of chaps by the names of Anthony Schrag and David Malone have put together an exhibition entitled ‘Made in God’s image’. Continue reading

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A Crack In The Clouds ??

How time flies eh? Job’s last post was on May 27th. Has he become lazy? Has he become disillusioned with blogging? Has he nothing to say. Nay, no nein, nac ydw. The truth of the matter is that the summer sun has been shining in Job’s little corner of the world, and Job, just like every other man and his blog have headed for the beach and the countryside to take advantage of and to celebrate the first appearance of the summer sun for approximately 3 years. No doubt, the sun may well be shining but it shall prove to be little more than a crack in the clouds. Continue reading

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A Small Black Cloud On The Horizon – Pt 2

As a small boy, Job was regularly sent to the local Sunday School. The church in question was of a small, independent evangelical flavour. There were no ‘charismatic gifts’. There were no ‘words from God’ and there was certainly no laughing or drunkenness ‘in the spirit’. There was however a very good series of bible classes, divided by age, all of which focused on teaching the basics of bible knowledge and understanding. There were no quirky doctrines, esoteric interpretations or whacky theologies in sight. The majority of the teaching was based on the many narratives within the Bible for children love ‘a good story’ – Adam & Eve, Noah, the Patriarchs, Moses & The Exodus, The Judges and The Monarchy and of course the narratives of the life of Christ. Job experienced approx 10 years of these bible classes, and is consequently of the belief that there is much to be said for such an uncomplicated teaching of scripture to children. Continue reading

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A Small Black Cloud On The Horizon

In the hot summer of 1984, historic York Minster was engulfed by flames causing massive devastation to large parts of the building  causing an estimated £1m damage. The fire was concentrated in the 13th Century South Transept and left its roof destroyed. Whilst the cause of the fire was initially unclear, explanations ranged from UFOs to divine retribution, North Yorkshire Fire Brigade’s report to the Home Office finally confirmed that lightning was the most likely cause. Continue reading

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