A useful post to illustrate how common (mis)conceptions easily end up leading a life on their own.
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.
3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ” 16From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only,who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
What shall I say? Perhaps it is best to be quiet an sit back in awe about this beautiful caption of the Old and the New Testament in a few sentences. For those that ever doubted whether or not the Old Testament was still valid or useful: here’s your answer from the Apostle John.
It is a clear indication of how the Old and New Testament are all part of the one story of the world and that we need both the Old and the New Testament to get a good grasp of the bigger picture of man and its place in creation.
Some time ago we felt like some time on the beach and for a change went to Taylor’s Mistake, sort of around the corner of Sumner Beach in Christchurch. Taylor’s Mistake is a little bay and a surfer hangout. It also offers the option of a nice walk on the cliffs. Tom and I, both armed with a camera went out for a walk and had a blast of a time walking and shooting pictures while the rest was enjoying the beach below.
Tom, adamant that he will become an artists when he’s grown up, loves to draw an shoot pictures. I remember well how my high school arts and arts history classes opened me up for a better understanding of things like angles, lines and composition. And even though I am not a photographer, using these notions have helped me in making better pictures or make not so great pictures look better. (Or, better yet, I like to think that.) so that is what I do when I am out with Tom an the camera, an I am amazed how well he is developing an eye or a good picture.And then again I might just be a proud father. But considering his age (not even six) I was pretty amazed to find the following pictures on his camera:
As you can imagine hopefully, I am proud of my five year old, not only for the walk over the steep cliffs but also because of his incredible pictures.
As the day went on the sun got lower quickly leaving some amazing colors on the water.
All in all it turned into an another amazing family day on one of the many little chunks of paradise around Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.