Category Archives: Photography

What winter means to me….

The Winter has a way of bringing us to a place of deep reflection. Curious inquisitiveness and a longing for home; the home our hearts desire past our mortal years. That’s what Winter does to me. It is my favorite time of year in all it’s coldness and warm celebrations of incarnation. Winter has a way...

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My sons

One idea I have for the resurrected Toward Hope blog is to use this as a place to write general letters to my children about life. From time to time, I will address them with thoughts they can perhaps read one day and know me better as a result. These are my sons. My boys...

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Uploaded Vacation Pics

OK, I know I have been blog silent for some time…I still feel like I have little to say. But I thought I’d point you to the complete flickr set of all our vacation photos.

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Rome Day 3 – Colosseum, Palentine Hill, & The Forum

Yesterday we spent the day being overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the Colosseum. This architectural masterpiece is nothing less than amazing and even it’s ruined state did well to inform us of just how vast and large the Roman Empire was. We learned that not many (if any) Christians died there; they were executed...

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Rome Day 2 – The Vatican

On our second day in Rome we visited the Vatican. The ornate texture of the place is grand in it’s vastness and caused sensory overload. The art work contained therein can vault one back in time to feel like a part of the history that produced it. As I said yesterday, pictures hardly do this...

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Day One in Rome

Here we are! Freshly jet-lagged as a result 15 hours of flying, we managed to meander into the city for some pizza at the oldest pizzaria in Rome. After dinner we wandered through the Quirinal area that is host to the magnificent Trevi Fountain. I can’t begin to tell you how surreal the intersection of...

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OK, I am on Flickr now…

I finally registered for a Flickr Pro account and will be updating pictures often. I rather like the site’s capabilities and it gives me a creative outlet to share my pictures with family and friends. I am still familiarizing myself with all the features of the site and am impressed so far. You’ll notice to...

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A Glimpse of Wonder

This morning on our way out to Langley to see our financial planner, we were stunned by the beauty of Mt Baker as the sun cast rays onto it and the wind blew snow off the peak. Because of the lighting and such, this mountain seemed closer to us today than ever before. Luckily I...

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dabbling in photography

At Christmas we got a Cannon Rebel XT D-SLR kit for an insane deal and since then I have started dabbling in a little photography. It’s taken some time and practice learning how to make the camera work like I want it to, but I think I am picking up on the lingo and functionality...

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The day the Lord spoke…

Today sure feels like one of those. I was impacted by numerous things in my daily tasks. This post will take the shape of a bit f reflection, some blog links, a picture and some quotes, as those are all the things that have stirred something in my heart today. I am not sure whether...

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Artistic imagination as subversive prophetic engagement

I had to stop and look more closely at Chris Jordan’s art collection that I posted a link to yesterday. In the world of the web, things are often glanced over and little attention is given to the detail that comprises the message in an image or artistic piece. In many ways, this skimming "web...

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Some worthwhile link thingies to click on and read…

Will Willimon tees up a Dr King quote that is just as prophetic and piercing today as it was in his context…it’s about how the church should be a thermostat rather than thermometer. Julie Clawson at Onehandclapping points to Chris Jordan’s Photography collection called Running the numbers. It looks at contemporary American culture through the...

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What glitters is not always….

Have you ever been to a church service and wondered what you just experienced? For some, the thought of coming to see a show, or being counseled ministered to is the expected norm. Some come and buy right into the “meet my individual needs” gospel that pervades the West. The over-the-top jungle gyms for kids,...

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