RockwellThanks.jpgNow is the time to give thanks.

O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: 

Make us always thankful for your loving providence; 

and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; 

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

We turn toward Advent now, and Christine Sine’s video is always worth a look.

Excellent article by Sarah Pulliam Bailey on charismatic/Pentecostal problems.

WD.jpgMichael Emerson wonders why we remain Protest-ants today. (Would that it were this simple.)
John Frye wonders how personal our gospel is.

Buechner Fan? (HT: JM)

What did you think of the Manhattan Declaration? John Stackhouse posts his view. While I’m pro-life and pro-marriage etc, I can’t figure out either “why?” this statement needed to made (anything new, different?) and “what will happen next?”

Ted Gossard’s blog disappeared at Blogspot, so he’s moved over to WordPress. (If anyone can help Ted, I’d appreciate it.)

Derek Leman reports on an SBL session; good report Derek.
Andy Rowell records an important SBL session.

LL Barkat reflects on blog traffic.

Did Jesus ever go to England?
Meandering in the News
1. The RC priest’s decision to ban a Kennedy from the sacrament has one major problem: the lack of consistency on this one in the RCC. Here’s a public forum.
2. Medical marijuana developments.
3. Thomas Friedman‘s advice: “Never cede a century to a country that censors Google.”

ObamaFlag.jpg4. Maureen Dowd criticizing Obama: “Like Reagan, Obama is a detached loner with a strong, savvy wife. But unlike Reagan, he doesn’t have the acting skills to project concern about what’s happening to people. Obama showed a flair for the theatrical during his campaign, and a talent for narrative in his memoir, but he has yet to translate those skills to governing.”
6. A 4-page interview with Michael Horton — about the gospel-driven life. Not sure if you have seen this, but John Frame has taken issue with central themes in Horton’s recent proposals. I will be reviewing Michael’s book about the gospel in December.
7. Bad news on mortgages.
9. I am unconvinced sending more troops into Afghanistan will stabilize that country or aid in bringing peace to the Middle East. 
Meandering in Sports
The Bears … well, they weren’t awful last week against Philadelphia. Maybe a sign? I believe Cutler is talented and young and mistake-prone, but I also think he’ll be a very good NFL QB. He reminds me of the young Favre.
My pick for the Super Bowl Champs? The Vikings.
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