Weldon Turner

25 Flips | 1 Magazine | @WeldonTurne2015 | I'm a writer and songwriter. I like to explore Ideas, ideas on faith, values and the human condition through my music and writing.

The Origins of Christmas Carols

A Brief History<p>The First Carols<p>On a trip from Rome in 1223, St. Francis and his followers stopped at the small village of Grecia, near Assisi. At the …

Sojourner Truth Part 2: Woman of Influence

This is the second of a two-part article on Sojourner Truth, the 19th century preacher, orator, anti-slavery, and women’s rights activist. Born a …

Black History

Sojourner Truth Part 1: Isabella

Arguably three of the most influential African Americans of the 19th century are Harriet Tubman, the ‘Moses’ of her people; the abolitionist …

The Luxury of Atheism

While researching the life of the nineteenth century itinerant preacher and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, for an upcoming blog, it became extremely …

Faith

For A Higher Power: From Hacksaw Ridge to Muhammad Ali

What does it take for someone to stand for what they believe in? What does it take for someone to sacrifice for what they believe in? What does it …

Religion

To Heaven and Back II: Miracles from Heaven

The movie <i>Miracles from Heaven</i> is based on the true story of a young girl, Annabel Beam, who suffered for years with two digestive disorders. One day …

Alice In Wonderland

Reflections on C. S. Lewis' A Grief Observed

Clive Staples Lewis is one of the giants of twentieth century Christian apologetics. His reasoned and erudite defence of the Christian faith in …

Jesus

Handel: Messiah

Every Christmas the music of the Hallelujah Chorus fills our churches and concert halls, is streamed over the radio, television, and on Social Media. …

Flute

John Newton, Amazing Grace

As a young sailor John Newton was prone to drunkenness, profanity, and myriad forms of irresponsible behavior. He converted to Christianity in his …

Black History

Jesus Christ, Timeless Music Star

<i>Jesus Christ Supersta</i>r and <i>Godspell</i> are two of the most iconic theatre and film productions of the past fifty years that are based on the life and …

Theology

Spiritual Foundations of Non-violent Resistance

After the killings of two black men at the hands of white police officers in July, and the subsequent murders of several law enforcement officers, …

Non-violence

Ben-Hur et al

Movies based on Biblical stories and characters have been extremely successful in the past. However the 2016 motion picture treatment of <i>Ben-Hur</i>—a …

Film Industry

Ayana's Ride Parts II and III

II<p><i></i><i>I’ve got to get to the bottom of this. How could he have gotten that score?</i> As I approach the car, the engine automatically starts and the right …

Virtual Reality

Ayana's Ride Part I

I<p>My car pulls into the car-waiting area of the Regent Retirement Village and finds a spot about seventy metres from the front door, under a grove of …

Dining Rooms

Bob Dylan and the Gospel Songs

Amid a driving rain Air Force One touched down in Havana, Cuba on the afternoon of Sunday, March 20, 2016. The President and the First Family …

Aretha Franklin

Gandhi’s Experiments with Truth – Part II

Satyagraha in Action<p>Satyagraha in South Africa<p>The ‘Black Act’–1906-1914<p>In August of 1906 Mohandas Gandhi picked up one of the local newspapers and …

India

Gandhi's Experiments with Truth - Part I

The Birth of Satyagraha<p><i>Truth (Satya) implies love, and firmness (agraha) engenders and therefore serves as a synonym for force. I thus began to call</i> …

India

Monsenor Romero

<i>The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood, the violence that wills</i> …

Human Rights

Music Video - I Believe

‘I Believe’ is a music video on YouTube, based on one of my songs, that looks at the struggles people have faced for as long as we have been on this …

Music Videos

Dr. Ben Carson - Part II

The Making of a Candidate<p>Overview<p>Since announcing his bid to be the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States, Dr. Ben Carson has …

Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson - Part I

The Making of a World Renowned Neurosurgeon<p>On February 7, 2013, at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton in the U.S. capital, Dr. …

Ben Carson

The Screwtape Letters-Part II

In the first part of this article I looked at several basic character traits that Mr. Lewis present as potential obstacles to a successful Christian …

Faith

The Screwtape Letters

<i>The Screwtape Letters</i><br>By C.S. Lewis<p>Clive Staples Lewis was born on November 29, 1898, in what is now Northern Ireland and died on November 22, 2963, …

Faith

Weldon Turner

<b>Exploring faith, social justice and popular culture.</b><p>This month’s blog post: The Origins of Christmas Carols<p>“A good head and good heart are always a …

Christmas Eve