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December 2007 Archives

A Strange Christmas

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This has been a strange Christmas for me and my family. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that we moved from California to Texas a few months ago. I left Irvine Presbyterian Church after sixteen […]

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Inspiration from the Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 Click here to read all of John 13:34-35 Prayer O Lord, today I’m impressed to pray for Your church. Thank […]

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Christianity Today’s out of Ur Top Ten for 2007

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One of my “must read” websites is Christianity Today’s out of Ur. If you’re unfamiliar with this website, or if you haven’t been keeping up, check out their “Top 10 Posts of 2007.” I agree that their first entry, “Willow […]

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California Memories

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My family and I are in California for the holidays, seeing family and friends, hanging out at old haunts, etc. The other day I took a walk along one of the lakes in Irvine. (Yes, it is man-made.) Texas has […]

Favorite Holiday Songs (Section 2)

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Part 4 in the series: More Christmas Carol Surprises Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Three years ago I posted the list of the top 25 Christmas songs according to ASCAP (The American Society of Composers and […]

Favorite Holiday Songs (Section 1)

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Part 3 in the series: More Christmas Carol Surprises Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I can still remember the moment many years ago when my youth leader at church said, “You know, ‘Jingle Bells’ really isn’t […]

Eyewitness Testimony in Mark’s Gospel

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Be sure to check out my guest blogger, James Arlandson, whose latest post is entitled “Eyewitness Testimony in Mark’s Gospel.”

Favorite Christmas Carols

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Part 2 in the series: More Christmas Carol Surprises Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series What are your favorite Christmas carols? From one perspective this is an easy question. My guess is you already have some answers […]

Advent Calendar for December 25

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Merry Christmas!

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May God give you a blessed and joyful Christmas as you celebrate the Incarnation of the Word! BALDUNG GRIEN, Hans Nativity 1520 Oil on wood, 105,5 x 70,4 cm Alte Pinakothek, Munich Image c/o Web Gallery of Art What a […]

Christmas Resources

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I’m putting up links to several Christmas and related resources. I’m doing this, in part, for listeners of the Hugh Hewitt radio show. Today Hugh and I will be talking about Christmas together, and the resources to which I’m linking […]

Advent Calendar for December 24

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Christmas Devotion: The Lighting of the Christ Candle

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Christmas Eve or Christmas Day [Re-light the three purple candles and the pink candle] We Celebrate the Birth of Christ In the season of Advent we have used the Advent wreath and its candles to help us get ready for […]

Advent Calendar for December 23

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Advent Devotion: The Lighting of the Fourth Candle

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The Lighting of the Fourth Candle: Waiting for the Son For the Fourth Sunday of Advent (or thereabouts) [Re-light two purple candles and the pink candle.] We Remember the Meaning of Advent Advent is a word that means “coming” or […]

Advent Calendar for December 22

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More Christmas Carol Surprises

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Part 1 in the series: More Christmas Carol Surprises Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Three years ago I did a blog series called Christmas Carol Surprises. As we draw near to Christmas, I thought it might […]

Advent Calendar for December 21

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Birthday Tribute

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Today I’m celebrating the birthday of one of the finest people I know . . . my son, Nathan. I don’t always blog about my children’s birthdays, but Nathan is turning 15 today, and it seems right to honor him. […]

A Great Christmas Post and A Dream Cruise

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A Great Christmas Post Marcus Goodyear, my colleague in the H.E. Butt Foundation, has become one of my favorite bloggers. Marcus has lots of fascinating things to say about all sorts of topics, but I love his commentary on family […]

Advent Calendar for December 20

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Advent Calendar for December 19

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A Review of Simply Christian by N.T. Wright (Section 4)

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In the series: Considering N.T. Wright Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In Part One of Simply Christian, N.T. Wright discusses four “echoes of a voice” that incline our hearts in God’s direction. These echoes are: the […]

A Couple of Helpful Links

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Eyewitness Testimony in Mark’s Gospel My guest blogger, Dr. James Arlandson, has put up the next post in his excellent series on the Gospels. Here’s everything you wanted to know about Mark and the reliability of this particular Gospel. Thanks, […]

Advent Calendar for December 18

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A Review of Simply Christian by N.T. Wright (Section 3)

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In the series: Considering N.T. Wright Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series I gave a short overview of N.T. Wright’s synopsis of the grand Christian story in his book Simply […]

Advent Calendar for December 17

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Sad News . . . Surprising News

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Many of my readers will have heard the sad news of Dan Fogelberg’s death on Sunday. He died after a three-and-a-half year battle with prostate cancer. If you’re under 30, you may never have heard of Dan Fogelberg. And, I’m […]

Advent Calendar for December 16

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Advent Devotion: The Lighting of the Third Candle

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This is an excerpt from my Advent Devotional Guide that uses the Advent wreath. If you have a real wreath, you can use it, either alone, or with others. If you don’t have a wreath, follow this guide, and you […]

Advent Calendar for December 15

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Christmas at the Riverwalk in San Antonio

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This past week the choir from Boerne Middle School North and South sang at the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Since my kids are in the choir, we went to watch. They caroled from a barge that made a lap of […]

Advent Calendar for December 14

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A Review of Simply Christian by N.T. Wright (Section 2)

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In the series: Considering N.T. Wright Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I began to review N.T. Wright’s book, Simply Christian. I explained how we starts by examining four echoes of a voice: […]

Advent Calendar for December 13

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A Review of Simply Christian by N.T. Wright (Section 1)

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In the series: Considering N.T. Wright Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, when N.T. Wright was at Laity Lodge, he based his teaching on his book Simply Christian, with […]

More on the Gospels by James Arlandson

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Check out the latest entry in his excellent series on the Gospels, this time on Matthew. Thanks, James.

A Coffee Lover’s Dream for Christmas

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Can’t quite figure out a Christmas gift for a coffee lover? I’ve got a great suggestion. Give Aloha Island Coffee. It is, truly, the best coffee I have ever tasted: rich, smooth, delightful. Check out the Aloha Coffee website for […]

Advent Calendar for December 12

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N.T. Wright and the â??New Perspective on Paulâ?

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Part 12 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series N.T. Wright is part of a movement among scholars that is sometimes called the “New Perspective on Paul.” In this movement you’ll find a […]

Advent Calendar for December 11

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My Response to N.T. Wright at Laity Lodge (cont)

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Part 11 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series At the pastors and leaders retreat at Laity Lodge, Bishop N.T. Wright gave five talks. We had asked him to speak from the platform […]

Advent Calendar for December 10

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My Response to N.T. Wright at Laity Lodge

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Part 10 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series I reported on the recent visit of N.T. Wright to Laity Lodge and shared my introduction of […]

Advent Calendar for December 9

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Advent Devotion: The Lighting of the Second Candle

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This is an excerpt from my Advent Devotional Guide that uses the Advent wreath. If you have a real wreath, you can use it, either alone, or with others. If you don’t have a wreath, follow this guide, and you […]

Advent Calendar for December 8

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An Unusual Holiday Mixture

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Check out this scene from Marble Falls, Texas. You’ve got Christmas angels trumpeting in the direction of a Good Friday cross. And in the background, a menorah, hat-tipping to Hannukah. No lack of religious symbolism in this public park. Check […]

Advent Calendar for December 7

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Introducing N.T. Wright at Laity Lodge

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Part 9 of series: Sharing Laity Lodge Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A few days ago we were blessed to host a retreat for pastors and other leaders with N.T. Wright as speaker. Bishop Tom, as […]

Advent Calendar for December 6

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The Barna Update: Four â??Mega-Themesâ? Examined (Section 2)

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Part 2 of series: The Barna Update: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A couple of posts ago I began commenting on the latest Barna Update. As you may recall, it highlights four […]

Advent Calendar for December 5

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Christmas Lights in Johnson City, Texas

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Johnson City in the Hill Country of Texas outside of Austin is famous, not only as the birthplace of President Lyndon B. Johnson, but also for its extraordinary “Lights Spectacular” during December. Here’s one scene from the downtown area of […]

Advent Calendar for December 4

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The Barna Update: Four â??Mega-Themesâ? Examined

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Part 1 of series: The Barna Update: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series The latest Barna Update is out. It highlights four “mega-themes” in our culture. They are: â?¢ Americansâ?? unconditional self-love â?¢ […]

Advent Calendar for December 3

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My Greatest Advent Discovery Revisited and Retooled

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series On Saturday evening I attended a Christmas parade in my new hometown of Boerne, Texas. Actually, it was a Weihnachts Parade. The German word for Christmas is Weihnachten (literally, “holy nights”). […]

Advent Calendar for December 2

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Good News for Adventophiles Everywhere . . . Advent Begins

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Today is the first day of Advent. Yes, I know most popular Advent calendars begin with December 1, including my online version. But today is the first Sunday in Advent, which is the first official day of the Christian season. […]

My Online Advent Calendar is Up!

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Only in Texas . . . I Mean Texmas

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You don’t see this is California . . . From a display in a public park in Marble Falls, Texas! Yee-haw!

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