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Mark D. Roberts

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What Did I Do That Really Mattered?

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This last Sunday I was able to worship at Irvine Presbyterian Church. As most of you know, I was the Senior Pastor there for sixteen years, from June 1991 through September 2007. This was only the third time I worshiped […]

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My Comments on My Commenters

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When I first began blogging over five years ago, I didn’t have an effective commenting feature on my blog. This was a result of my peculiar way of blogging. Unlike the vast majority of small people, I did not use […]

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The Inevitable, Ironic Pandemonium in Christmas Eve Worship

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This year my family and I joined a Christmas Eve worship service at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Burbank, California. My sister-in-law and her family are part of this church, so we joined them on Christmas Eve. The service was quite […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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God’s Perplexing Permission READ Isaiah 63:1-19  LORD, why have you allowed us to turn from your path? Why have you given us stubborn hearts so we no longer fear you? Return and help us, for we are your servants, the […]

A Few More Christmas Images

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Adults like Christmas, but children love Christmas. During my family’s Christmas celebration, I had fun watching my youngest nephew, Brody. He’s two years old, and a lover of Christmas, naturally. Brody examines his new bus closely. Brody tries to destroy, […]

Some Christmas Images

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Just for fun, here are some photos of Christmas celebrations. Fireworks mark the conclusion of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Santa shows up at my father-in-law’s house on Christmas Eve. We all loved it. Too bad my son, Nathan, […]

Happy Birthday to Jesus? The Date of Christmas

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Tomorrow is Christmas Day, the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. But is December 25th really Jesus’ birthday? Many people, including faithful Christians, skeptics, and scholars, answer this question in the negative. In fact, there are quite a few […]

Happy Birthday to . . . Still Not Jesus . . . But My Blog

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My blog just celebrated its fifth birthday. My very first blog post appeared on December 22, 2003, at 3:42 p.m. It was called: “Review: The Da Vinci Code is Truly Fictional” and contained 483 words. There’s a bit of irony […]

Happy Birthday to . . . Not Yet Jesus . . But Nathan!

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Yesterday was a watershed day in the Roberts family. My son, Nathan, turned sixteen! Yes, sixteen! Wow! It’s hard to believe. On December 21, 1992, Nathan was born at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California. That was one of […]

My Favorite Christmas Tree

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I’m a Christmas tree fanatic. I admit it. I love Christmas trees . . . their look, their feel, and their heavenly smell. So, as you can imagine, I’m not much into artificial trees, though I don’t criticize my friends […]

Just to Bug My Friends in California

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Here’s the next addition to my unusual bumper stickers series. This one is sure to bug my friends in California, who tend to think that Texas has too big an ego. (It’s ironic, really, because many of my anti-Texas friends […]

Vote the Bible?

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Yesterday I put up a photo of a curious bumper sticker: I noted that many people in America share this sentiment. I know people on both right and left of the political spectrum who really do want to “Vote the […]

If Only It Were That Clear

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Here’s the next installment in my unusual bumper sticker series. This one expresses a sentiment felt by many Americans. . . . I’d say Amen to that, except, as a Presbyterian, I don’t say Amen to things. But I do […]

A Bumper Sticker You Don’t See Every Day

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I’ve been noting some unusual bumper stickers recently. These are the sort you don’t see every day, not even in Texas. And you never see things like this in California, at least not in my experience. So I thought I’d […]

Police Blotter Update

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It’s been a while since I posted excerpts from the Boerne Star police blotter. Here are some of the highlights from the last few months: July 25 30000 block of Fairway Vista, 8:05 p.m., Several residents reported two salesmen being […]

Snow in Boerne

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One night this last week it snowed in Boerne. Now if you’re from places like Minnesota or New England, you’ll probably find it odd that I’m excited about a half-inch of snow. But even a dusting of snow is a […]

Bill Maher, Jay Leno, and the State of Moral Reasoning in America, Part 3

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In my last two posts I’ve been examining some recent statements by Bill Maher on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His comments about the estate tax, though admittedly laced with humor, reflect a distressing though relatively common shallowness in […]

Bill Maher, Jay Leno, and the State of Moral Reasoning in America, Part 2

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Yesterday I began examining a statement by comedian and commentator Bill Maher. He made this statement on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, in a context of discussing what the Republicans need to do to become a viable party. According […]

Bill Maher, Jay Leno, and the State of Moral Reasoning in America, Part 1

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A couple of weeks ago I tuned in to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. (One of the happy benefits of living in the Central Time Zone is that most television programs come on an hour earlier than on the […]

Advent Conspiracy

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Thanks to my sister, I recently learned of a fascinating new approach to Christmas and Advent. Started by five pastors in 2006, Advent Conspiracy encourages us to: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All. Check out this short […]

Zombie Shoppers

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Are shoppers turning into zombies? Yes, they are, ccording to John Morris, a Wachovia retailing analyst. “You walk the mall, and consumers look like zombies. They’re there in person, but not in spirit.” Why zombie shopping? Because of the nation’s […]

It Isn’t Advent, But It’s a Great Pre-Christmas Tradition

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For the past few days I’ve been weighing in on Advent, explaining it and recommending it for those who are seeking a closer relationship with God and a deeper experience of Christmas. Today I want to change gears and recommend […]

Is Advent Biblical?

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Part 6 of series: Introduction to Advent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Earlier in this series I mentioned the fact that many Protestant Christians reject Advent because they consider it to be a Roman Catholic practice. […]

Sharing My Greatest Advent Discovery

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Part 5 of series: Introduction to Advent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Earlier in this series I spoke of discovering Advent. Of course I didn’t discover it in the way an explorer discovers a place no […]

Growing Closer to God in Advent: Some Practical Suggestions

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Part 4 of series: Introduction to Advent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series Iâ??ve explained what Advent is and why I have found it helpful to observe Advent. If youâ??re at all […]

Why Advent?

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Part 3 of series: Introduction to Advent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post, I told the story of my Advent beginnings. When I started out as pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in 1991, […]

Advent Beginnings

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Part 2 of series: Introduction to Advent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series, I explained the timing and purpose of Advent, as well as its unexpected color scheme. I closed […]

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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy ...

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with ...

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