Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Holiday Rest

In addition to holiday rest over the kitchen stove, we've had time to watch some fun films ... Get Smart, The Italian Job, Mr. Holland's Opus, and Prince Caspian and I read a book I recently received: The Last Lecture. Fun movies and a wonderful book ... We're watching the last film on DVD tonight for New Year's Eve. Happy New Year and may all the gospel blessings that are ours in Christ be yours in 2009!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Project Christmas

This past Tuesday, in a Bible study Christmas party at his home, Curvin said, "Don't protect Christmas. Project Christmas." It is great advice for us whenever we become defensive of our celebration, the commercialization and the secularization of the season. The "culture wars" haven't been helpful to anyone, and our focus must be on the Christ we worship, not on any misguided attempts to dominate the direction of culture. At the same time, I take subversive pleasure in the knowledge that the symbol of Christmas commercialized - Santa Claus - is based on Saint Nicholas, a bishop who leveraged the wealth of the church to serve the poor. And I smile at "X-mas", knowing that the "X" is actually the Greek letter "chi" and the initial or monogram for "Christ". We don't have to worry about anyone taking Christ out of Christmas, we just need to focus on Christ ... and projecting Christmas will be the most natural thing in the world.

Christmas Eve in Candlelight

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Fray - You Found Me

Great song/music vid, exploring questions, doubt, dilemma of being found by God ... and the sensation that God has come too late to be of any help ... Check out my channel at

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rest in the Hustle

Today some welcome rest ... spent the afternoon cooking up a big pot of chili, baking drop biscuits and banana bread. After dinner, a short nap and then the final soccer game of the "winter 1" session. (Next session starts up in January). Hoping that you all have a chance to rest, to enjoy a few unhurried moments.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Santa Visits

Thanks to Santa for dropping by our church party on December 13, and to Josie and the kitchen crew for the fantastic banquet!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Shoe Fly

A couple biblical passages that offer cultural insight on the recent international incident . . . .

The Advent Scripture, John 1:26-27
Deuteronomy 25:5-10
Ruth 4

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Windows on Advent

One of the major themes of the second week is the promise of the Spirit: The Coming One will baptize with the Holy Spirit, not simply with the water of repentance. I took a photo tour of the church windows and found this symbol/icon among many ... the ancient Christians spoke of icons as "windows" to let in the light of eternity. John Wesley, the founding figure of Methodism, said that "every man wants a window in the breast to let in the light of eternity". And the word itself is a Greek term for "image" or "likeness", as in, being made in the "image" or "likeness of Christ".

The Bazaar

Thanks to all who helped out, to the Craft Guild for months of loving labor ... it was a lot of fun!

Happy Birthday Grandma!

90 years!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas invitations

Postcards are going out in the mail, and invitation cards are available for us all to invite our friends and neighbors to worship ... Sundays and Christmas Eve ... and to invite our friends and neighbors to download a free Christmas Guide "Low on Money, High on Meaning" from our website!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Advent - favorite quote

This is the irrational season,
when love blooms bright and wild;
if Mary had been filled with reason
there'd have been no room for the child.
- Madeleine L'Engle

Bring your favorite quotes, Scriptures, images from the season and put them up on the advent bulletin board at the church entry!