A Pine Tree / Spider Web – Nature Blogging

Right after filming my read-through of my eleventh chapter of Treasure on the Southern Moor (find out more information of this book in my bookstore), I saw an interesting looking web blowing in the breeze between the branches of a pine tree. The camera doesn’t pick it up too well, though you can still see where some of the dew or condensation of the morning was still on the web (it was a very foggy morning!). Enjoy the video!

Also, check out the final artwork for my upcoming book!

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Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

The Canons of Dort: Election

Recently, my brother, father, and I went to the Reformation Conference that was held in Grand Rapids this year. One of the pamphlets that I picked up for free was the Canons of Dort, a wonderful collection of doctrines that was compiled in the Synod of Dort. Under their The First Main Point of Doctrine: Divine Election and Reprobation, they give several articles outlining God’s election of the redeemed race. It is hard to single out any one article as they all build upon each other, but I thought I would focus this post around article 9.

Article 9: Election Not Based on Foreseen Faith
.     This election was not founded upon foreseen faith and the obedience of faith, holiness, or any other good quality or disposition in man, as the prerequisite, cause, or condition on which it depended; but men are chosen to faith and to the obedience of faith, holiness, etc. Therefore election is the fountain of every saving good, from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself, as its fruits and effects, according to the testimony of the apostle: he hath chosen us (not because we were, but) that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (Eph 1:4).

In other words, our faith was not our own, but it was given to us. God did not look through the annuls of time and decide to chose those who would come to Him. He decided, rather, who would have faith, and later puts that faith in our hearts.

 

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Watch Chapter 11 of Treasure on the Southern Moor – by Joshua Reynolds

Chapter 11, titled The Treasure Cove, brings the captain and eventually the loyal crew at long last to what they seek. Enter the dim forests and jungles of Africa as the captain stumbles upon a stream that leads him around to the hidden bay only foretold by his faithful friend Captain Horne. Watch to see what they find!

Here is the next video in my series of reading select chapters of my book Treasure on the Southern Moor. You can check out more details of where I am in production of this book here, and please also purchase my book The Williams House. Check out more information in my bookstore!

Back description:
.     The thrill of the sea – the song of the ocean winds – out sails and up anchor! – guided by the compass and stars – as a poet once said, “to the lonely sea and sky”. It is the eighteenth century, and the sailing vessel is the only way to travel the raging seas. The Southern Moor sets sails from England to Africa with a crew of forty-two persons, guided by a captain with his son and daughter, where those of the trusted crew hope to find treasure with only the guidance of a map an old friend of the captain’s had given him and a handful of the treasure itself, brought back from the African shoreline. With the smell of cooking from the galley, you may find them about on the weather decks reefing the sails or lashing down the ship’s boats, or listen to the captain play on his fipple flute with the accompaniment of the cello and violin. Hear the ocean waves lap against the bows, or have cataracts of sea water come flooding over the main deck in the midst of a raging storm.
.     In Plymouth, England, there are those few friends of the captain who wonder if he will ever return. Is the Southern Moor, newly finished vessel and never before tested in the ocean waters, strong enough to sail through storms and cannon fire to reach the warm lands of the African shoreline and make the same journey back? With all of its rectangular sails billowing in the wind, bowsprit brass tip of heather shining in the sunlight, and the polish of the wood shining without a fingerprint to be seen, the Southern Moor leaves the harbor of Sutton Pool to test itself in the ocean and plough the stormy seas. . .

Enjoy the video!

Final artwork for Treasure on the Southern Moor:

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Watch Chapter 10 of Treasure on the Southern Moor – by Joshua Reynolds

Chapter 10, titled What They Found There, brings the crew to a disappointing discovery in the shallows of a hidden harbor. Yet by the end of the chapter, their spirits are not dampened, and they decide to face the threats of the jungle the following day. . .

Here is the next video in my series of reading select chapters of my book Treasure on the Southern Moor. You can check out more details of where I am in production of this book here, and please also purchase my book The Williams House. Check out more information in my bookstore!

Also, one minor note, there was some trouble with the typesetting of Treasure on the Southern Moor, and so therefore it will be a few days past September 1st before this book is in print, yet I’m hoping to have it done very soon. Stay tuned!

Back description:
.     The thrill of the sea – the song of the ocean winds – out sails and up anchor! – guided by the compass and stars – as a poet once said, “to the lonely sea and sky”. It is the eighteenth century, and the sailing vessel is the only way to travel the raging seas. The Southern Moor sets sails from England to Africa with a crew of forty-two persons, guided by a captain with his son and daughter, where those of the trusted crew hope to find treasure with only the guidance of a map an old friend of the captain’s had given him and a handful of the treasure itself, brought back from the African shoreline. With the smell of cooking from the galley, you may find them about on the weather decks reefing the sails or lashing down the ship’s boats, or listen to the captain play on his fipple flute with the accompaniment of the cello and violin. Hear the ocean waves lap against the bows, or have cataracts of sea water come flooding over the main deck in the midst of a raging storm.
.     In Plymouth, England, there are those few friends of the captain who wonder if he will ever return. Is the Southern Moor, newly finished vessel and never before tested in the ocean waters, strong enough to sail through storms and cannon fire to reach the warm lands of the African shoreline and make the same journey back? With all of its rectangular sails billowing in the wind, bowsprit brass tip of heather shining in the sunlight, and the polish of the wood shining without a fingerprint to be seen, the Southern Moor leaves the harbor of Sutton Pool to test itself in the ocean and plough the stormy seas. . .

Enjoy the video!

Final artwork for Treasure on the Southern Moor:

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Watch Chapter 9 of Treasure on the Southern Moor – by Joshua Reynolds

Chapter 9, titled Smoother Sailing and Scouting, leads you around the African coast and down close to the crew’s destination, and the treasure they might find. The African forests hang limp and low with a stillness that the crew hesitates to penetrate. Eyes of wild cats and strange birds peer at them from within the woods. Listen to the quiet sound of the water softly splashing against brass telescope and mast as the captain searches the lands to find what they seek.

Here is the next video in my series of reading select chapters of my book Treasure on the Southern Moor. You can check out more details of where I am in production of this book here, and please also purchase my book The Williams House. Check out more information in my bookstore!

Back description:
.     The thrill of the sea – the song of the ocean winds – out sails and up anchor! – guided by the compass and stars – as a poet once said, “to the lonely sea and sky”. It is the eighteenth century, and the sailing vessel is the only way to travel the raging seas. The Southern Moor sets sails from England to Africa with a crew of forty-two persons, guided by a captain with his son and daughter, where those of the trusted crew hope to find treasure with only the guidance of a map an old friend of the captain’s had given him and a handful of the treasure itself, brought back from the African shoreline. With the smell of cooking from the galley, you may find them about on the weather decks reefing the sails or lashing down the ship’s boats, or listen to the captain play on his fipple flute with the accompaniment of the cello and violin. Hear the ocean waves lap against the bows, or have cataracts of sea water come flooding over the main deck in the midst of a raging storm.
.     In Plymouth, England, there are those few friends of the captain who wonder if he will ever return. Is the Southern Moor, newly finished vessel and never before tested in the ocean waters, strong enough to sail through storms and cannon fire to reach the warm lands of the African shoreline and make the same journey back? With all of its rectangular sails billowing in the wind, bowsprit brass tip of heather shining in the sunlight, and the polish of the wood shining without a fingerprint to be seen, the Southern Moor leaves the harbor of Sutton Pool to test itself in the ocean and plough the stormy seas. . .

Enjoy the video!

Final artwork for Treasure on the Southern Moor:

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Piping on my Irish Low D Whistle: Roslin Castle and Bo Mhin Na Toitean

Here is my next video in my series of playing my Irish low D whistle. These two songs were a little crummy, yet I still consider myself a novice of the instrument. I’m much better on a fife and will probably eventually record videos of my fife playing.

The Irish low D whistle has the same fingerings as the Irish tin whistle only plays in lower octaves. Enjoy!

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Authoring children’s books / family stories. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Children’s Hour – How do you spell Psammead?

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Five Children and It is a story about five children who live in the English countryside about a century ago in the Nineteen Aughts and have all sorts of interesting adventures. They find a Sand-fairy (it) that gives them wishes, yet their wishing always turns out bothersome and hard and they find themselves locked on top of church towers or in besieged castles or at police stations. The children write to their mother, yet none of them know how to spell the interesting word the Sand-fairy calls himself, a Psammead, which is Greek for Sand-fairy. . .

~Excerpt from Five Children and It by E. Nesbit:
Jane’s letter was the only one that went. She meant to tell her mother about the Psammead – in fact they had all meant to do this – but she spent so long thinking how to spell the word that there was no time to tell the story properly, and it is useless to tell a story unless you do tell it properly, so she had to be contented with this –

My dear Mother Dear,
.     We are all as good as we can, like you told us to, and the Lamb has a little cold, but Martha says it is nothing, only he upset the goldfish into himself yesterday morning. When we were up at the sand-pit the other day we went round by the safe way where carts go, and we found a –

Half an hour went by before Jane felt quite sure that they could none of them spell Psammead. And they could not find it in the dictionary either, though they looked. Then Jane hastily finished her letter.

.     We found a strange thing, but it is nearly post-time, so no more at present from your little girl,
.     Jane.
.     P.S. – If you could have a wish come true, what would you have?

Then the postman was heard blowing his horn, and Robert rushed out in the rain to stop his cart and give him the letter. And that was how it happened that, though all the children meant to tell their mother about the Sand-fairy, somehow or other she never got to know. There were other reasons why she never got to know, but these come later.

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Watch Chapter Five of Treasure on the Southern Moor – by Joshua Reynolds

Chapter 5, titled Cleaning the Southern Moor, leads you through the decks below ship. Explore this small city through the dim light of lamps and candles and sunlight filtering through open shutters above. Adrian and Adrianna have to clean the prow and the cargo hold, which is the bottom deck of the ship. Hear sea shanties, and listen to the waves lap against the sides of the ship from below the waterline.

Here is the next video in my series of reading select chapters of my book Treasure on the Southern Moor. You can check out more details of where I am in production of this book here, and please also purchase my book The Williams House. Check out more information in my bookstore!

The final artwork for my book has also been finalized! I have placed it in my home page and also uploaded it here. Enjoy the video.

Back description:
.     The thrill of the sea – the song of the ocean winds – out sails and up anchor! – guided by the compass and stars – as a poet once said, “to the lonely sea and sky”. It is the eighteenth century, and the sailing vessel is the only way to travel the raging seas. The Southern Moor sets sails from England to Africa with a crew of forty-two persons, guided by a captain with his son and daughter, where those of the trusted crew hope to find treasure with only the guidance of a map an old friend of the captain’s had given him and a handful of the treasure itself, brought back from the African shoreline. With the smell of cooking from the galley, you may find them about on the weather decks reefing the sails or lashing down the ship’s boats, or listen to the captain play on his fipple flute with the accompaniment of the cello and violin. Hear the ocean waves lap against the bows, or have cataracts of sea water come flooding over the main deck in the midst of a raging storm.
.     In Plymouth, England, there are those few friends of the captain who wonder if he will ever return. Is the Southern Moor, newly finished vessel and never before tested in the ocean waters, strong enough to sail through storms and cannon fire to reach the warm lands of the African shoreline and make the same journey back? With all of its rectangular sails billowing in the wind, bowsprit brass tip of heather shining in the sunlight, and the polish of the wood shining without a fingerprint to be seen, the Southern Moor leaves the harbor of Sutton Pool to test itself in the ocean and plough the stormy seas. . .

 

Check out what I am currently reading!

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Piping on My Low Whistle: A Narnian Lullaby and Jesus Lover of My Soul

Hello everyone!

I thought I would begin a musical series playing some of my musical instruments. This instrument is the Low D Irish Whistle. It has the same fingerings as the Irish tin whistle only plays in lower octaves. The two tunes played in this video are A Narnian Lullaby (from Disney’s The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe) and Jesus Lover of My Soul. Enjoy!

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

What I Believe in a Nutshell: Christian, Reformed, Post Millennial, Conservative

Hello everyone,

So I thought I would put a short video together detailing the sum of my worldview in a nutshell. This occurred to me because, as those who are following me know, I’ve been doing a series of videos reading select chapters of my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor. (You can find out more information about them in my bookstore!) As I’ve been uploading videos of me reading my books, I recently obtained my first YouTube subscriber. Then afterward, I made a video detailing what both books are generally about, and in that video I mentioned the two phrases “Christian Virtues” and “Family Values”. After I published that video, I lost my one subscriber.

Whether or not the above was a coincidence, I do not know. Yet, I thought it would be best if I state my principles and beliefs in this video so there will be no misunderstandings. I hope you enjoy! God bless you.

 

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!