ETCetera is a blog written by Rev. Edward (Ted) Cowen. He focuses on many subjects and ideas concerning present times. While many topics may not be of popular opinion, He approaches the matter with strong Biblical support. He hopes you will find these writings a blessing.

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    July 11, 2020 by

    Having lived in New Jersey for a number of years, it was my privilege to have in the congregation numerous individuals involved in multiplied areas of research.  They were brilliant individuals in their fields.  They were also solid in their convictions as relating to the Word of God, admirably so!  There is so much difference… Read more


    July 10, 2020 by

    It is seldom in that we are not experiencing some type of a problem.  It may appear to be major or minor, depending on which side of the fence we are on.  It then becomes apparent to us that the other person should jump the fence and come over to our side, and that would… Read more


    July 9, 2020 by

    It has to be an opportunity to present the Gospel when a preacher gets behind the pulpit.  I sometimes sensed that the congregation might have felt that it was a monologue rather than a sermon; hopefully that was not the case, realizing that circumstances might have brought you together at an inopportune moment.  Who knows?… Read more


    July 8, 2020 by

    “Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God… Read more


    July 7, 2020 by

    Enjoying the beautiful weather that is ours this time of the year, just prior to the burning summer that will follow, we sat on our patio enjoying dinner.  As usual, the birds arrived to enjoy their meal also. You will recall how I have been frustrated on occasion watching their actions while endeavoring to gorge… Read more


    July 6, 2020 by

    As a child, I recall a certain fascination in standing on the first floor of the Gibbs Hill lighthouse in Bermuda and looking at the huge crack in the brick created by a hurricane in the late 1920s.  The lighthouse was constructed of cast-iron; however, the base and the first floor have seven feet of… Read more


    July 5, 2020 by

    In the process of fulfilling my responsibilities, quite frequently I pass a home with a most interesting display in the front yard.  There is this old wagon from another era sitting on the corner of the front yard. As you travel through our area of the country, you run into this scene quite frequently.  Perhaps… Read more


    July 4, 2020 by

    Lying on the table in the surgical room, an assistant to the surgical doctor introduced herself.  I do not recall all that was said, I was half out of it from medication. However, I do remember these words: “I am the harvester.  It describes my responsibilities.  My job is to harvest some veins for Dr.… Read more

  • “H”

    June 30, 2020 by

    That big blue “H” seems to be everywhere as we drive the highways.  It is readily recognizable as an indicator of where one should be headed if in need of immediate medical attention. From where we see it, the “H” indicates the shortest route to a hospital.  When one lives in an area for a… Read more


    June 29, 2020 by

    A friend of ours of Hawaiian descent was the recipient of a telephone call, informing her that a sister had just suffered a major heart attack, and it was questionable concerning her survival. If you have experienced such an encounter, you can well imagine the mental turmoil of those succeeding hours.  You are in Arizona… Read more


    June 28, 2020 by

    Traffic was at a “crawl”; “the good old days” of driving up Grand Avenue with one lane in each direction, without much by way of interruption, has long gone. This snail pace because of development all around us has become a gigantic problem that worsens each day.  Since boredom set in, I began reading all… Read more


    June 27, 2020 by

    The fact that a hypnotist would be performing and we would have opportunity to observe him in action got my attention.  Patsy and I agreed that we could use the hour advantageously in some fashion later. I had read books on the subject of hypnosis, so it was not without a little knowledge that we… Read more


    June 26, 2020 by

    “Basil Cell Carcinoma”; if you have to have cancer, it is the best type to have.”  That was the way my doctor described it.  If your doctor is your friend, and it is aggressive, you are blessed in yet another way.  The specialist said: “Let’s shoot for 99% effective versus 85% effective.”  The surgeon said:… Read more


    June 25, 2020 by

    As one reviews the Gospels, we are made aware of a few times when our Lord went up onto the mountain to find solitude.  As one reviews the Gospels, we are made aware of a few times when our Lord went up onto the mountain to find solitude.  He was exhausted from the heaviness of… Read more


    June 24, 2020 by

    One of our returns to my homeland, the Island of Bermuda, produced much by way of reflection.  As the plane began its descent, the Captain announced the arrival time in Bermuda to be in approximately thirty minutes.  As the minutes slipped by, we were aware of the color changes in the ocean.  We viewed the… Read more


    June 23, 2020 by

    I have many dear friends in Bermuda, my place of birth a few years back.  Among them have been Joel and Jane Madeiros.  Their home has been our home whenever we return.  Jane went “home” to be with the Lord, and I returned for her funeral. At the funeral I mentioned how Jane always prepared… Read more


    June 22, 2020 by

    We cannot help but notice people who carry massive numbers of keys hanging from their belt.  I sometimes think how amazing it is that they are not bent to one side with the weight.  I know that often the one key I need is the one that I do not possess or it has been… Read more


    June 21, 2020 by

    I shared with my wife how the snowstorm, fog, and ice had left my hunting pal and I stranded on a lake thirty miles from the highway in Alaska’s interior; how when we left, we took off from the lake going in a circle on one pontoon breaking a thin layer of ice.   Her immediate… Read more


    June 20, 2020 by

    Traveling the highway north and preparing for a visit with folk that I had not seen for several months, I came suddenly upon a large mark in the highway, immediately identifiable as a place where a large animal, probably a deer or steer, had been hit by a vehicle.  My mind was reflecting on the… Read more


    June 19, 2020 by

    Now and again you hear a story that seems too perfect to believe.   However, the element of truth springs forward in your thinking like an athlete on a trampoline. This one came from a group of guys, sitting around a fire, eating their lunch.  “Last night my son and I were in a heated discussion. … Read more


    June 18, 2020 by

    Recently I had my ire aroused by what I consider statements on the fringe of Idolatry; and perhaps, actual idolatry. While helping a friend with a problem, a visitor who says he too is a Christian, arrived on the scene.  We were introduced and my friend made it a point to share with the visitor… Read more


    June 17, 2020 by

    Some time back, the ladies of the family… my wife, daughter, and two of my granddaughters, went on a shopping trip at a group of outlet stores.  When they arrived home that evening, everyone had to show off their wares.  At the close of the session, our older granddaughter, with eyes wide and a look… Read more

  • HAIL

    June 16, 2020 by

    A relaxing evening seemed ideal.  It had been hot and humid and the forecast was for monsoon weather and thunderstorms across the valley.  As I stood on the patio, it was obvious that this was not going to be “run of the mill” dust storm. It was picking up momentum rapidly; the wind was increasing,… Read more


    June 15, 2020 by

    The other evening I was stretched out on my bed reading The Book of Numbers.   One begins reading, and immediately encounters that statement:  “Then the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first of the second month, in the second year after they had come out… Read more


    June 14, 2020 by

    Those words “jumped out” of the 14th verse of Romans 1; at least that is how they appeared to me during my reading of that chapter of the Word of God.   The Lord Jesus had said that the Holy Spirit would be sent, and that His disciples would experience a whole new relationship to God… Read more


    June 13, 2020 by

    There has to be something meaningful in this Corona-virus contagion!  That was my thinking in the middle of the night.  Gradually, it began to unfold one step at a time. With all of the churches having to close their doors to the general public, no matter their size, popularity, or extensive outreach, they became the… Read more


    June 12, 2020 by

    In our modern society it is called “music”, and for that reason I find little reason to enjoy what comes over the airwaves.  I gave up listening to it about the time Elvis was singing “You ain’t nothing but a hound-dog”. My wife, who was a extraordinary musician, had said so often: “I am glad… Read more


    June 11, 2020 by

    It is not without the providence of God that this subject follows upon the “two or three” message from Christ.  In fact, it all turns into one unfolding message! Jesus had spoken in the 15th and verses that follow concerning forgiveness.  Failure to deal with a matter means very simply that it will be dealt… Read more


    June 10, 2020 by

    I watch the morning news as they pour over the “events” of the previous night and the morning traffic.  Without the advertising of the lawyers they would probably have been off the air a long time ago.  In this modern society, where would we be without the lawyers? There is a recorded encounter of Jesus… Read more


    June 8, 2020 by

    Anyone can probably recognize that as a nation, we are divided!  Yet, we continue to follow a course of ultimate destruction with no obvious intent to “mend our ways!”  Unless we apply the brakes, like other nations that have preceded us, we will experience a catastrophe that is unequaled in History!  Reading the account of… Read more


    June 7, 2020 by

    Over the years I have been tempted, like so many others, (you included) to quit that in which I was engaged.  I have heard the oft repeated phrase from the old devil, Satan or his associates, “Is it worth it?” Two things usually are dumped in my lap for consideration.  The first is a poem… Read more


    June 6, 2020 by

    I think often of how much evil possibilities boils in the hearts of men and gradually materializes into action.  We understand the reason behind it when we read: “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)  If for one moment we are akin to believing… Read more


    June 5, 2020 by

    A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Stop) The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spells folly. (Stop) The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good. (Stop) A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but… Read more


    May 24, 2020 by

    It’s the way my brain works.  I see something small, and it might well be something of insignificance, but it “latches on” and turns into pondering.  Ultimately, it will relate itself to some thought from the Scriptures that behind it has multiplied thoughts from other portions of the Word of God, the Bible. I was… Read more


    May 23, 2020 by

    A friend wrote recently, and quoted those words from Amazing Grace. (John Newton)  In comparison, I would like to believe that I never measured anything close to him by a fouled up life.  However, in our tendency to grade sin as bad, worse, or even so categorically as beyond the imagination, we would like to… Read more


    May 22, 2020 by

    Over the years I have been called some interesting names, but let’s face it, I remain the same person that my parents named me.  That name Edward could have come from a great grand-father who was gored to death by a bull, or possibly an uncle who fell on the job, gained gangrene in his… Read more


    May 21, 2020 by

    Perhaps, at least let us hope, that the current crises has seen a few Bibles taken off the shelves, dusted off and read.  Many probably had a hard time finding the Easter Story, mainly because God and His Word have been relegated to “Emergency” situations only.  With the churches closed, at least the pastors did… Read more


    May 18, 2020 by

    We have oft read the story of Jesus visiting the home of Mary and Martha!  You will find it in Luke 10, beginning at verse 38 and continuing through verse 42. Reading through the Scriptures you become aware of the fact that numerous women often followed and supported the Lord Jesus as He ministered here… Read more


    May 17, 2020 by

    I have never been a poet, yet my efforts were satisfying to my need.  I often jotted down notes on a multiplicity of subjects for fun, sometimes for spiritual truths, frequently for the love of my life, Patsy.  I seldom purchased a card, but so enjoyed writing to her and about her. The poem today… Read more


    May 16, 2020 by

    Reading through Genesis we garner truths concerning parents showing partiality to one child above another.  In particular we refer to Isaac who had married Rebekah. Genesis 25:19 and following!  She had twins, Esau and Jacob.  Isaac favored Esau, and Rebekah favored Jacob. (You need to read the entire story.) On an occasion when Esau came… Read more


    May 15, 2020 by

    Undoubtedly you have read of some of the findings of archeologists, things they “dig up” from the most unexpected places.  I visited and viewed the Dead Sea scrolls, and came away knowing little more than when I arrived.  Admittedly, I was not totally ignorant of what to expect prior to that visit, yet, I realized… Read more


    May 14, 2020 by

    Those words appear in John 6:68.  The context makes them stand out significantly, for Jesus had been attracting crowds who were listening to each word that He spoke, with many giving indication that they were so captivated that it was their intention of becoming one of His disciples. We are accustomed to people giving a… Read more


    May 10, 2020 by

    We are not always able to determine demonic oppression in an individual.  In our modern society we would probably desire an individual be sent to a Psychologist, or Psychiatrist, prior to acknowledging that the possibility exists that they may very well be experiencing demonic oppression, or even possession.  We have come a long way, but… Read more


    May 9, 2020 by

    One reads the news, or listens to it, and discovers suddenly that here is a person mentioned that I never knew before.  At the conclusion, I either feel as though I would appreciate knowing more about the individual, or I find a certain disdain toward them.  However, I am supposed to conclude that the individual… Read more


    May 9, 2020 by

    Has it ever occurred to you that someday you may receive a letter from a deceased individual?  Well, when that happened to me about thirty five years ago, initially I was shocked, but then I began to give it a lot thought. My first thought was, “I am certain that there are few pastors who… Read more


    May 7, 2020 by

    The Book of Exodus is just as the name suggests with the story of the Israelites being sent a man, Moses, to lead them from slavery to freedom.  From the very outset you gather the “incidents” that culminate in his leadership.  He has a couple of assistants in the likes of Aaron the Levite, and… Read more


    May 6, 2020 by

    Imagine for a moment that you are a part of the congregation of this newly established religious group that is called “Christian”.  You have listened closely to the message it has presented concerning Christ, and as a new found believer, you are made an “usher” in the church.  You are excited about your assignment, especially… Read more


    May 5, 2020 by

    In the work of the Lord we are constantly pursuing in our thinking “ways” to improve the effectiveness of our ministry; and I am not alone in this area.  I would be remiss if I did not admit to ending my thinking in the trash can far more often than continuing to pursue the idea… Read more


    May 1, 2020 by

    As a pastor over these many years, the number of funerals conducted has been extensive, and each one has some type of uniqueness to it.  I remember many of them, and recall what people wanted or did not want included.  The hardest was probably those of children; that does not surprise me, because I notice… Read more

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