Mark D. Roberts
December 2008 Archives

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]