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Marveling at God's Grand Design: A Humble Reflection on Human Size in the Cosmos

Marveling at God’s Grand Design: A Humble Reflection on Human Size in the Cosmos

February 4, 2024 |

Our celebration of love, usually draws our attention to matters of the heart. In a similar vein, contemplating the vastness of the cosmos can lead us to appreciate the grandeur of God’s Grand Design and His boundless love for us. As we explore the relative size of human beings compared to heavenly bodies, we’ll be guided by the inspiring words of Psalms 8:3-6 and other scriptures. The Marvel of Proportions – God’s Grand Design Psalms 8:3-6 (ESV) declares, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” This sentiment echoes as we consider the sheer vastness of the cosmos. Graphical Representation – God’s Grand Design To aid our understanding, See below, a captivating video by Global Data, showcasing…    read more 

Flowers in The Bible: Their Beauty and Symbolism

Flowers in The Bible: Their Beauty and Symbolism

December 29, 2023 |

Welcome to a journey through the lush gardens of the Bible, where flowers in the bible bloom with profound symbolism and offer us glimpses of God’s awe-inspiring creation. Each petal whispers a story, each bloom a testament to the divine artistry that surrounds us. Join me as we explore the bounty and beauty of God’s garden. 1. Lily (Lilium): In the Song of Solomon, we encounter the Lily, symbolizing purity and beauty. “I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys” (Song of Solomon 2:1). Like the Lily, may our lives bloom with the fragrance of righteousness. 2. Rose (Rosa): Isaiah paints a poetic picture of the wilderness rejoicing and blossoming. “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom” (Isaiah 35:1-2). The Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the valleys, symbols of Christ’s beauty and love, grace these verses….    read more 

Wash My Feet and Heart

Wash My Feet and Heart

December 27, 2023 |

In the Gospel of John, we encounter a profound moment that speaks volumes about humility, servanthood, and the transformative power of love. In John 13:3-15 (ESV), we witness Jesus, the Son of God, taking on the role of a humble servant as he washes the feet of his disciples. This act not only serves as a practical demonstration of cleansing but also holds deep spiritual significance. Understanding the Cultural Context To fully appreciate the weight of this gesture, it’s crucial to consider the cultural context of Jesus’ time. In ancient Israel, the climate and terrain often left feet dusty and soiled. It was customary for individuals, upon entering a home, to remove their sandals and have their feet washed. In wealthier households, this task was typically assigned to servants. The act of footwashing was not only a practical necessity but also a symbol of hospitality and respect. The Power of…    read more 

Do Not Worry: Trusting in God's Providence"

Do Not Worry: Trusting in God’s Providence”

December 26, 2023 |

In a world filled with uncertainty and challenges, the commandment to “not worry” may seem easier said than done. Yet, as Christians, we are called to trust in the Lord’s providence and find solace in His promises. Matthew 6:26 (ESV) serves as a powerful reminder of God’s care for His creation: “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Fluffy Pastel Bird Images were created on NightCafe Trusting in God’s Provision: This verse encourages us to reflect on the simple yet profound truth that God, as our heavenly Father, cares for His creation. The imagery of birds, which do not toil for their sustenance but are still provided for by God, reminds us that we, as children of God, are of much greater value to Him. This…    read more 

Cinematic Brilliance and Cosmic Reflections

Cinematic Brilliance and Cosmic Reflections: Unpacking ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and Life’s Wonders

December 25, 2023 |

The blog post by Bible Box Office, titled “What Can A Beautiful Mind Teach Us About Life?” invites readers on a captivating journey through the cosmic wonders inspired by the movie “A Beautiful Mind.” The introduction seamlessly integrates personal experiences, the movie clip featuring John Nash, and a profound exploration of the night sky. The author skillfully connects the beauty of nature with a broader philosophical and theological reflection, pondering the vastness of the universe and the age-old question of existence. By incorporating scientific facts about stars and galaxies, the post not only captures the reader’s imagination but also prompts contemplation about the source of creation, skillfully tying scientific wonder to spiritual awe. The engaging narrative style, coupled with the infusion of relevant biblical verses, sets the stage for a thought-provoking exploration of life’s mysteries and the awe-inspiring nature of the Creator. “Bible Box Office’s blog post, ‘What Can A…    read more 

How to tell the truth

How To Tell The Truth

August 9, 2023 |

“How To Tell The Truth: A Lesson From Meet The Parents” by Prince Omar, offers a thoughtful exploration of the delicate balance between honesty and compassion. Drawing inspiration from the comedic movie “Meet the Parents“, the post dives into the relatable scenarios where truth-telling can lead to uncomfortable situations. The writer effectively weaves personal anecdotes, biblical references, and cinematic humor to emphasize the importance of delivering the truth with love and tact. By sharing relatable instances of difficult conversations, like addressing bad breath or providing feedback on cooking skills, the author grounds the narrative in everyday experiences. The post’s integration of scriptural passages from Ephesians and Colossians adds depth to the message, highlighting the significance of love and grace when communicating truth. By intertwining entertainment and spiritual insights, Prince Omar successfully imparts the wisdom that speaking the truth is an art that demands sensitivity and consideration of others’ feelings. –…    read more 

Looking Beyond the Surface: Shrek and God's Perspective

Looking Beyond the Surface: A Reflection on Shrek and God’s Perspective

July 3, 2023 |

Discover the profound wisdom hidden within a section of the beloved “Shrek” movie in Prince Omar’s latest blog post. Join Prince Omar on a captivating journey alongside Shrek and Donkey as they delve into the inherent tendency to judge others based on appearances and the far-reaching impact of such judgments on individuals and society. Through the lens of this iconic film and biblical teachings, uncover timeless lessons that challenge us to see beyond the surface and recognize the true worth that resides within each soul. As we break free from the confines of superficial judgments, let us embrace the beauty of inner character and the transformative power of looking at people from God’s perspective. The blog, “What Can Shrek Teach Us About Life?“, explores how our brains instinctively make rapid judgments as a means of survival. However, this snap decision-making can perpetuate negative stereotypes and prejudices, leading to harmful consequences….    read more 

He Did What?

He Did What?

March 18, 2023 |

Part One. Not so random thoughts on Ephesians 4:7-8 Can I just say that the message of the Bible is not tame? It is wilder and more wonderful than most of us dare to imagine. Meek and mild men are always seeking to soften it. Case in point? The multilayered message of Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus. One might begin to tease apart the manifold layers of timeless truth by employing prepositions: What I mean to do by drawing attention to “God for you” is to highlight the ultimate plan/cosmic warfare aspect of the epistle. Paul strives to do much more than create a cozy little life for the Ephesian believers; He means to draw them into the eternal plan and overarching purpose of God. That purpose and plan are playing out right now as a hyper-galactic spiritual battle that stretches from one corner of creation to the other—but finds its focus on the earth.

Living by Faith book Rev Dr Gerry Gallimore

Living by Faith

December 13, 2020 |

Living by Faith book by Rev. Dr. Gerry Gallimore – 168 pages of unbelievable experiences, explained only by the fact that Rev. Dr. Gerry Gallimore lived by faith. Born in the backwoods of Jamaica, and born out of wedlock, Gerry Gallimore had limited schooling. He gave his life to the Lord at an early age and this Living by Faith book recounts the globe-trotting and sometimes daring journey God took him on, including visits to the White House. God’s miraculous hand in the life, times, and journey of Gerry Gallimore. “Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me.” – Psalm 66:16 In 1968 Gerry Gallimore left a well-paying job in the pharmaceutical industry, one that allowed him to purchase a new home and Mercedes Benz as a young adult – to accept the call of God and moved into full-time…    read more 

Knowledge vs Belief

The Knowledge Vs Belief Confusion

Gist: Clarifying a very popular view about the topic Article 13 (from my latest book, A Controversial Clergyman) It is too widespread a confusion for me to leave it unchallenged. I am talking about the claim that belief is inferior to knowledge (without more, as lawyers would say).  Michael Abrahams’ column in the Gleaner yesterday (July 9, 2018) betrayed this confusion and I had to deal with it in passing in a public forum at UTECH in 2001 involving Dr. Leahcim Semaj and Mutabaruka.  Every statement purporting to be fact or true is a belief. Indeed, if you call to mind the basic moods in English language sentences, then if it is not a question (interrogative mood), a command (imperative mood), a wish (subjunctive mood), then it is in the indicative mood (an assertion, claiming something). Every such assertion or claim qualifies as a belief, but since some beliefs are quite…    read more 

Controversial Clergyman by Clinton Chisholm

A Controversial Clergyman

November 8, 2019 |

Check out the new book, A Controversial Clergyman, by Rev. Dr. Clinton Chisholm. Now available on Amazon.com. A Controversial Clergyman showcases, provocative Newspaper Articles to Foster Critical Thinking on Social, Societal, Legal, Church and Public Speaking Matters. Promoting Critical Thinking Everywhere In the Caribbean, no commentator or journalist arrives at the level of sophistication represented by Clinton Chisholm. His evaluations of things theological, political and cultural, stand leagues above average fare. Those outside the Caribbean would learn much reading him. His new book is simply “must” reading for anyone who wishes to think seriously about contemporary issues in light of classical values. John Warwick Montgomery, Ph.D., D.Th©ol., LL.D. Professor Emeritus of Law and Humanities, University of Bedfordshire, England Gain experience in critical thinking from the Caribbean’s finest apologist, Rev. Dr. Clinton A. Chisholm. who is at his provocative best in A Controversial Clergyman. This book has 33 of his best…    read more 

Virgin Birth

Virgin Birth Parallels

The more popular claims of borrowing or influence between Christianity and the mysteries pertain to the birth/death/resurrection of Jesus Christ. What were the mystery religions? The mystery religions (contrary to George James’ book Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy) were really Hellenistic religions, called ‘mystery’ because they involved secret ceremonies that were thought to bring their initiates some special benefits. They were more or less based on the annual vegetation cycle of life (spring) and death (fall). Each religion originated from different areas. From Mesopotamia—Tammuz or Dumuzi (the Sumerian version); from Egypt—the cult of Isis and Osiris (later called Serapis); from Greece—the cults of Demeter and Dionysus which later developed into the Eleusinian and Orphic mystery religions; from Phrygia in Asia Minor—the cult of Cybele and Attis; from Syria/Palestine—the cult of Adonis and from Persia (modern Iran)—the cult of Mithra (twin brother of the Zoroastrian god Ahura Mazda). Before responding…    read more 

Stimulus

Stimulus & Response Revisited

Stimulus & Response Revisited – It seems that a few who read my letter to the editor about the Yellow Pages issue thought, like Mr. Robert Dalley, that I was dismissing the power of stimuli. On the contrary, I just wanted to focus on response because it is too often neglected perhaps because it broaches the awkward notion of responsibility for whom I am and for what I do. I had no clue then as a 17-year old boy about the practical difference between admiring and lusting I am too old to be unaware of the stimulating power of a good looking female body, even dressed normally, whether live, in a movie or in a photo. In fact I still recall the pangs of remorse I felt when, as a Christian for only a few months (in 1967) I lusted at a prostitute while on my way to a Convention at Jarrett Park in…    read more 

burdens

Bear one another’s burdens

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. - Galatians 6:2 See others humbly. Your response to another’s fall reveals your own walk, whether it is spiritual or not. Pride will make it impossible for you to help the fallen, but humility will bring blessing to you and to them. – W. W. Wiersbe

singing and making melody

Singing and Making Melody to the Lord

addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,  giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, – Ephesians 5:19-20 Verses 15 – 18 speaks about what we should not do as followers of Christ who should be growing in his way and in the Spirit. Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, – Ephesians 5:15-18 Then we follow Him (Jesus) to the banqueting hall and learn to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26) and be joyful, thankful, and submissive to one another. – W. W. Weirsbe Lessons for New Converts and…    read more 

Jamaican yellow pages

Jamaican Yellow Pages Controversy… Storm in a Thimble

If you have a problem with the front cover of your copy of the current Jamaican yellow pages directory (dance hall scene) why not just flip it over to the back cover (ska/rocksteady scene) or better still just tear off the front cover. This is a simple solution to a simple problem in my view. The cover is almost literally a flat (two-dimensional) cardboard photo and that disturbs or turns on some of us? Give me a break. Now, though I am trained in music and philosophy and have been a Christian for 49 years I would not venture to do any kind of research at a live dance hall session because I personally could not “plead the blood of Jesus” fervently enough to keep all sections of my anatomy calm. Even then my possible response to the visual stimuli in that setting would be essentially saying much more about…    read more 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

Beginning of Wisdom

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.- Proverbs 9:10-11 Wisdom multiplies days (Proverbs 9:11) Those who abuse their bodies with sin usually cut their lives short, but when you follow wisdom, you can add years to your life – and life to your years! God gives a fullness of experience to those who obey Him. – W.W. Weirsbe

bible

Misreading the Bible

The Bible is probably the only ancient text that any Mike, Mary or Marcia waxes warm about despite stark ignorance of the book’s actual texts and historical contexts (plural). The lay critic may be very educated but (s)he and even most Christians need to understand how to read an ancient text from a different linguistic and cultural milieu than ours. I illustrate the need with the issue of slavery in the Bible, an issue I had to deal with in a Barbados newspaper years ago in response to a learned critic there. Said critic charged that “Slavery is justified in both principle and practice throughout the Old and New Testament.” Most of us learned in English literature class the basic point that a text must be read in light of its context. What contextual cues do we need to bear in mind to read the Bible responsibly? Well for starters we need to…    read more 

This One Thing

This One Thing

January 13, 2017 |

This One Thing TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: “…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” Philippians 3:13, NLT TODAY’S WORD: Are you focused on forgetting the past? Many people don’t fully understand what that means. They wonder, “How can I forget something that’s happened to me?” But one definition of the word forget is to “disregard intentionally or to overlook.” What this verse is saying is that you have to choose to disregard your past so that it doesn’t keep you from moving forward. That means the good and the bad. Even our past victories can sometimes keep us from rising higher. If we don’t let go of the old, we’ll never be able to embrace the new. It doesn’t matter what’s happened in your history, it’s time to forget what lies behind. Make the choice today to look forward. Trust that God has…    read more 

Scientific Problems for Atheists

Scientific Problems for Atheists

Scientific Problems for Atheists ‘Village atheists’ and the more educated ones need to read and properly digest the contents of Antony Flew’s last book. The late world renowned British Philosopher and ‘most notorious atheist’ Antony Flew in his last book gave details of the thinking that led him to abandon atheism. The book published in 2008 was titled There is a God. One of the three cardinal issues that made Flew abandon atheism was a critical event which he said could not at all be explained from a naturalistic or materialistic base but which made sense if you invoke God. Drawing on the work of fellow philosopher David Conway, Flew raises the first of three challenges to Darwinian naturalism. He says, “The first challenge is to produce a materialistic explanation for ‘the very first emergence of living matter from non-living matter. In being alive, living matter possesses a teleological [purpose-driven]…    read more 

silent grief

Silent Grief

The shocking death by suicide of comedic actor Robin William has catalyzed some thoughts I am still musing about, the unexpressed grief that some people go through. We all need to be more sensitive, discerning even, but even then we would miss some still. Can you wrap your brain around the level of grief Williams was experiencing that would prompt him to take his own life? Imagine the trauma of losing a pregnancy or several pregnancies through miscarriage when none of your friends even know that you are or were ever pregnant. Compound this, in a Church you are a single woman but become pregnant after ‘tiefing a likkle piece’ (=engaging in premarital sex) and suffer a similar fate. Who could you dare ask for prayer support let alone empathy? Silent grief. Then consider having been raped or seduced by someone whom you trust and respect and whose reputation would…    read more 

GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS

God Answers Prayers Faithfully and Lovingly

March 3, 2014 |

This evening I was driving home from work and listening to the Joy 1250 radio station. There was a Christian program hosting Joni Eareckson Tada, a Christian lady who in 1967–at the age of 17 years old–became quadriplegic due to a diving accident. She said something that encouraged me to share with you my experience of God’s faithfulness in answering prayers. She said that prior to the accident she prayed that God would deepen her relationship with Him, but that she did not expect it to happen this way—she wasn’t thinking ‘paralysis’! But God used her paralysis to answer her prayer and she is so much closer to Him today than she ever could. Ten years ago I prayed a simple sincere prayer. I asked God, “Lord, I want to experience the love You have for mankind. I don’t want to only experience Your love for me but I also…    read more 

DEBUNKING CHANCE

Debunking Chance

Any statement about causation or origin which uses the word chance is worthless, philosophically. The academic credentials or prestige of the person making such a statement is unimportant, the statement is still worthless. Take for example the basic belief held by most Astronomers and atheists prior to Vesto Slipher’s expanding universe discovery in 1913,   “the Universe simply exploded into being, by chance, at the big bang and thus there’s no need for any God.” Or ponder the words of the Nobel scientist Jacques Monod in his book Chance and Necessity, “…chance alone is at the source of every innovation, of all creation in the biosphere. Pure chance, absolutely free but blind, at the very root of the stupendous edifice of evolution…” (page 112) Let me alert you to the fact that though we tend to use the word ‘chance’ loosely, chance is not a substance or entity that can…    read more 

OBJECTIVE TRUTH: NATURE AND NECESSITY

Objective Truth: Nature and Necessity

A popular view among many people today is that all truth is relative; no truth is objective. By objective is meant true by means independent of the person asserting any truth-claim. For example, if someone says, “Fish is my favorite meat” that statement would be true relative to the experience of the speaker. In contrast, if someone should say, “All living things have encoded biological information in their DNA” that statement would not be relative to the speaker’s perception for it would be true regardless of who made the statement. Objective truth then, is truth beyond mere opinion. It is truth verifiable and undeniable as fact by rational beings other than the one making the claim. Strangely then, despite so much talk about living in an Age of Science & Technology that is remarkable, the belief is so common that ‘all truth is relative’. Indeed, this notion prevails not only…    read more 

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