Understanding the Trinity

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The Trinity is a basic foundation of Christianity. But for a lot of people, it’s one of the most difficult things to understand. I’ve heard a number of explanations, including the one about how God is like water — the same thing in three different forms. But that’s not how I understand the Trinity at all.

The Trinity is not three separate persons. The simplest way to understand this is to look at yourself first. As God is a Trinity, so are each and every one of us. The Bible says that we were made in God’s Image, Likeness and Form — three things that when united form a trinity. Continue reading

Auditioning the Addamses

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I really like it when I stumble upon something cool right out of the blue. I said that about this interesting 1974 interview with Christopher Lee, and now I’ve found something else that was just too good not to share.

I certainly never intended to write another Addams Family post so soon after the last one. In fact, I didn’t think there’d be an occasion to write about them ever again. But one of the best received features of my previous Addams Family post was the behind the scenes images of the actresses other than Carolyn Jones who auditioned for the role of Morticia.

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You don’t recognize this photo from the other post? That’s because it’s a new shot. One of many wonderful unpublished images (from LIFE Magazine’s archives) that I found today. All are obviously from 1964 — the year “The Addams Family” hit the airwaves. Continue reading

Be My Valentine… In the Twilight Zone

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Roses are red, Kanamits are scary, I’ve often wondered if Venusians are hairy.

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Do you remember exchanging Valentines in public school? Every kid likes February 14th when they’re that young (well, unless you’re Charlie Brown!) because it means two things: 1) No real school work, and 2) Arts, crafts, and candy!
Peanuts Valentine's DayI never cared about the candy/chocolate (I’ve never liked chocolate!), or the fun Valentine’s Day-themed word puzzles and colouring pages. No, I was more anxious to get my hands on that little brown paper bag, the red and pink construction paper, and the glitter. Because few things were more satisfying than taping that fancy little arted-up Valentine “mailbox” to the side of my desk. Continue reading

Words From the Wise

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I just love when the month begins on a Sunday. I’m not sure why, but I really do. It feels like today is a good time for some words of wisdom. So here are a few of my favourite Proverbs. Wishing you all a wonderful February. God bless!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

~ Proverbs 1:7 Continue reading

Northern Exposure

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January 5, 2015: At 10:00AM, it was -30ºC. For my friends south of the border, that’s -22ºF. For everyone else — it was COLD. Very, very cold.

But, I’ve chosen to live up here in the middle of nowhere. Well, “chosen” isn’t entirely accurate. I was born and raised here, and I guess I’ve become acclimatized to the harsh and extraordinarily long winter season. This year it started bright and early. On the first of November.

As I said on my About Wendy page though, the three months of summer are pure paradise. In Northern Ontario, we can reach up to +30ºC (+35º in an extreme heat wave at the tail end of June, early July), but for the most part, June, July and August average a very comfortable 20ºC. Which suits me just fine. T-shirts are great, but I really do enjoy sporting a stylish jacket and knee-high boots whenever I can. Continue reading

Holy Serling Double-Crossers, Batman!

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I make no apologies for my unbridled adoration of the 1966 “Batman” series starring Adam West as the lovable (albeit laughable) Caped Crusader. Give me the fun, silly, bumbling antics of “Fatman and Boy Blunder” over the dark, angsty, depressing storm cloud that plagues all other incarnations of this unlikely comic book hero.

Last November saw the long awaited release of the ’66 Batman series on DVD and Blu-ray. One thing I really like about the show is that it was always about Batman and Robin together. Fighting crime, righting wrongs, spouting clever alliterations and exclamations and … well, never mind. The fact is, my own partner in crime (or crime-fighting if the situation suits us) Paul is here today, and THIS dynamic duo of The Seeker of Truth and Mr. Twilight Zone are going to BIFF! BANG! POW! our way into Rod Serling’s Fifth Dimension. Continue reading

The Resurrection of the Dead

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“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received, I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all He appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. Continue reading

The Perfect Christmas Film: “A Christmas Carol” (1938)

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A Christmas Carol 1938 intro

I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

I love Christmas.

To anyone who knows me, that’s probably the understatement of 2014. But I do. First and foremost, it’s a celebration of my Lord Jesus. And I like the pretty decorations and friendly attitude that most people are willing to adopt this time of year. People can yap off about consumerism and the like, but if your disdain for early décor, gifts and spirit make you enjoy Christmas less? Then I think maybe you’re just a Scrooge who doesn’t understand why Christmas is special. Time to stop letting other people rain on your parade. Take the good, leave the bad. End of story.

A lot of people have a Christmas tradition. Mine is watching “A Christmas Carol” on Christmas Eve. Now, I don’t always manage to see it on December 24th, but give or take a couple of days in either direction and I’m satisfied.

Charles Dickens’s holiday masterpiece was first published on December 19, 1843. It’s a beautiful tale of love, kindness and redemption. I’ll admit, it took me a long time to finally read this book. In fact, I picked it up for the very first time only about 5 years ago. Like most people, I’ve seen a number of film incarnations, and I was surprised by the length of the original story. Not long by Dickens’s standards, to be sure! Still, a 90-minute film can’t illustrate the entire book. But it’s a beautiful narration on life, no matter how you’re exposed to it. Continue reading

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