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Archive for December, 2008

A Prayer

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of
your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our
hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Weekly Meanderings

Here’s some stuff I came across this week…

1. The most famous Christmas eve since the original
2. Bad times draw bigger crowds to churches
3. A short history of Bible passages used at Presidential inaugurations
4. Obama continues to do a good job preparing for his presidency
5. Will the new administration legalize marijuana?
6. Christmas is the peak season for mating in US
7. Leonard Cohen’s surprise Christmas hit
8. Disney dumps “Voyage of the Dawn Treader
9. Taking the time to care for other people.
10. A lesson to all parents: let your children enjoy the game
11. If gas prices are back down why are SUV sales still dead?
12. Top ten quotes of 2008
13. Most popular repurposing posts of 2008 (I like the keyboard thumbtacks)
14. 10 best political songs (a surprisingly good list)
15. Make your own Jackson Pollock online
16. “All Things Are Better in Koine” the music video (“Bill Mounce gonna make ya bounce”)

Have a great week.

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A Christmas Prayer

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the
brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known
the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him
perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he
lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

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Update on Blog

Hi all,

I’ve been a little slow on new posts during the Christmas season.  The blog will be revamped and is scheduled to open up again full time the first of January.  The changes will include:

  • A facelift of the blog layout with seasonal decor
  • The resumption of Chapter a day Bible posts on weekdays
  • A Koine Greek Word of the Day podcast on weekdays
  • The resumption of articles, poems, literature, prayers, and other stuff posted 3 days a week

We will of course be keeping the weekly meanderings, otherwise what would I do with all the random stuff I come across over the course of the week.  There will also be a section added regarding speaking opportunities if you need a guest speaker for a Sunday morning or a conference.

If you would like to see anything else on the blog please let me know.

Thanks,

Matt

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Weekly Meanderings

Every week I doubt I’m going to have very much to post and then by the time I compile the emails I sent myself and the notes I saved in my Meanderings file I wind up having to delete a few…anyway, here’s some stuff I came across this week…

1. Penn Gillette’s view on evangelism
2. Thoughts on conversion
3. Does science help us understand the Bible?
4. In regard to the Obama-Warren dust up…both the extreme right and the extreme left need to get a grip on reality. Anyway, here’s my version of fair and balanced coverage:
Ben Witherington
Tony Jones
5. Woman Says Church Threatening To Make Sins Public
6. The best thing Chuck Colson has written in years
7. top 10 Emergent/Missional/Post-Evangelical blog posts of 2008
8. Favorite Books of 2008
9. Jesus Creed books of the year
10. Anne Rice on writing exclusively for God
11. Mangerology
12. When is it cost-effective to use money as toilet paper
13. 40 inspirational speeches in 2 minutes
14. ‘I’m not qualified to land plane,’ pilot tells passengers

Happy Holidays…er…Merry X-mas…uh…have a great weekend! (That was close I almost got the Christians mad at me!)

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Weekly Meanderings

Here’s some stuff I came across this week (it was a busy week)…

1. Dong Yun Yoon: the man who lost his family in the San Diego jet crash
2. Herod: the Hitler of Christmas
3. Darkness and Light
4. Brent Bill reminds that the first Christmas affected real people who had to make real choices
5. Ben Witherington takes a look at the virginal conception
6. Mexican Playboy apologizes for Virgin of Guadalupe cover
7. Bible marketing
8. Bob Hyatt writes an excellent article on same-sex marriage (you have to subscribe to the newsletter to read the whole thing)
9. Cizik asked to resign from NAE after voicing moderate support for civil unions
10. PBS showing documentary on Thomas Merton this weekend
11. Avery Cardinal Dulles passes at age 90
12. A review of “Origins: A Reformed Look at Creation, Design, and Evolution” a Sunday school resource
13. Thoughts on Washington’s assisted suicide vote
14. Dumb police ticket
15. Deer hunts man in Missouri
16. Where have all the acorns gone?
17. Tony Jones’ quote of the week (WARNING: there is a vulgarity)

Have a great weekend!

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Weekly Meanderings

Here’s some stuff I came across this week…

1. Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? (be sure to read the footnote at the very end)
2. Julie Clawson’s entry in the Missional conversation
3. 3:12:120
4. Bob Jones University makes statement on racial policies
5. Christmas and idolatry
6. Christmas book recommendations from Scot McKnight
7. A review of “The Holy Spirit” by LeRon Shults and Andrea Hollingsworth (I was in two classes LeRon taught at Bethel before he left for Norway and he is easily the most brilliant thinker I was ever instructed under; but he is far more readable when he works with a cowriter.)
8. A review of “Nineteen Minutes” by Judi Picoult and thoughts on systemic sin
9. Breaking Christian chain letters/emails
10. Listen to your life
11. Genetic test to determine children’s athletic proficiencies
12. Dark matter?
13. Old school tech support

Have a great weekend!

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