Archive for September, 2008


Wild Donkeys

September 29, 2008

10.02 am – Thursday 29 May 2008

The world is full of amazing creatures. Just read the Bible – Job 39 – for a sense of their wonder. This was inspired by Job 39:5-8. I’m drawing from memory. There’s many species and subspecies of wild ass, onager, donkey, etc., each unique and with incredible endurance and swiftness of foot… or hoof.

Random extra information: on this passage of Scripture!


Job 39

5 “Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes? 6 I gave it the wasteland as its home, the salt flats as its habitat. 7 It laughs at the commotion in the town; it does not hear a driver’s shout. 8 It ranges the hills for its pasture and searches for any green thing. (Today’s New International Version, from


From ICR’s Online Study Bible reference to Strong’s Concordance:

arp , peh’-reh: or pereh (Jeremiah 2:24) {peh’-reh}; from 06500 in the secondary sense of running wild; the onager:–wild (ass).

Job 39:5
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?


Wikipedia on wild asses…


10,000 Visitors!! Thank You!!

September 26, 2008

Another statistics post.

Thank you very much to all my visitors. In the last 24 hours The Amalgamation reached the 10,000 hits mark!

Christmas Devotionals And Feeds

Coming up soon I’m planning on writing some pre-Christmas, Advent-themed, non-denominational personal devotionals on the message of Christmas in the Bible. If that interests you, stay posted, I expect them to begin around November 24. Make sure you check in regularly, or subscribe to the feed. The feed URL is On my browser (I use Firefox) it makes subscribing to a feed really simple. Just click on the little RSS logo box in the bit where the web address goes, it’ll bring up the feed with the most recent posts, and ask you if you want to subscribe. Then it’ll let you know when I update the Blog. My email programme also allows me to subscribe to feeds, which then appear in my email inbox.


A big thank you to all who have visited, and especially for the thoughtul, friendly, encouraging and constructive comments that some of you have left.

Roughly a month ago (28 August 08 to be exact), the statistics were:

Top Posts

196. Red Horse, 507 views

The Amalgamation Home, 431 views

218. Pretty And Girly Giraffe, 430 views

Most Active

249. Stallion Sketch, 33 views

218. Pretty And Girly Giraffe, 29 views

Pentecostal Priorities?, 26 views

At last count, there have been 7,097 hits since the blog started in February 2008.

Now, late September, there’s been a big leap.

Here’s the current stats:

Flag Counter tells me that, since I added it maybe 3 or 4 months ago, the countries of origin of blog visitors have been:

USA – 2749 hits

GB – 666 hits (no mark of the beast jokes, please!)

Australia – 559 hits

Canada -338 hits

India – 174 hits

Blog Stats

Total views: 10,090

Busiest day: 164 — Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Views today: 10


Posts: 231

Comments: 230

Categories: 14

Tags: 632


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202. Sable Antelope

Top 3 Posts
196. Red Horse, 699 views
218. Pretty And Girly Giraffe, 643 views
The Amalgamation Home, 488 views
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196. Red Horse, 36 views
249. Stallion Sketch, 30 views

293. Colourful Heart Thing

September 26, 2008

Coloured beeswax crayon on lined notepaper, August 2008.

Umm another abstract rambling in beeswax crayon! It doesn’t necessarily have some deep meaning, it just is what it is!



September 25, 2008

I know I’ve mentioned Project 86 perhaps more than once on here. Ok, maybe lots. Probably because, when I’m on the computer there’s usually a Project 86 CD playing somewhere in the background. If not them, then perhaps it’s something along the lines of Kutless, Disciple, P.O.D. or, Hillsong United (when I want something more mellow) and, if I really want to confuse the neighbours, it’s ‘Kashmir’ and ‘No Quarter’ by Led Zeppelin pumping at full volume… Anyway, where was I? Oh, in case that didn’t make sense, the neighbours are undoubtedly confused because roughly 90% of the time what’s blaring from my stereo is music by artists who happen to be Christians. And Led Zeppelin is known to be controversial among Christian circles. I still argue that you don’t need to play ‘Stairway to Heaven’ backwards to get pagan ideas, the New Age connotations are really quite obvious playing it in its normal direction. Oh but how awesome is that guitar riff, and I can’t help but start yelling, “and as we wind on down the roooooaaaaaaaaddddddddd….”!?!

Roughly on that topic, I’ve just been reading some of the writings at Andrew Schwab’s website. I am pretty much in tears with laughter. It’s been a long time since I’ve been that amused. Go check them out.



September 25, 2008

If there’s one band whose lyrics have been speaking to me lately, it’s this one. Here’s an excerpt from one of the albums that’s been getting the most action on my CD player (yes, I buy CDs!!)…

It’s so poetic, I find it really inspiring.

So take me in these fleeting moments of solitude in you

Remove this sordid fascination with shadow

And remove this shattered self of preservation

All that you forgave and give all you promised to…

Can you see this shadow lifting?

Drifting home again

“A Shadow on Me” by Project 86, from the album Songs to Burn Your Bridges By.

Excerpt from

Project 86 info at and


Interesting Website For Apologetics

September 24, 2008

Just came across a website I hadn’t noticed before, it’s for people interested in Christian apologetics that focusses on science and faith. It’s at and looks surprisingly similar to Wikipedia. I haven’t had much of a chance to look around but if it’s your kind of topic you may want to check it out.


292. Cutesy Horse In Pencil

September 24, 2008

Graphite pencil on paper, March 2008.

I think it’s cute, if I may say so myself!

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