New Year’s Revolution


Different persons have different views of change, and of course New Year's Resolutions are all about change and improvement. One of the fundamental assumptions behind New Year's Resolutions is of course that people can change all by themselves. I would call this mostly a myth. If there is one thing you learn from studying conversion narratives, and breaking of addiction narratives, it is that people mostly are unable to change themselves without outside help. And if we are talking about a … [Read more...]

What Christians Live and Die For


THE FOLLOWING IS A FINE POST BY MY FRIEND TIMOTHY GEORGE, DEAN AT BEESON DIVINITY ABOVE SEE A PICTURE OF PASTOR SCHNEIDER WITH HIS BELOVED WIFE GRETELPaul Robert Schneider (1897-1939) was the first Protestant pastor to die in a concentration camp at the hands of the Nazis. His story is one of unmitigated courage, self-sacrifice, and martyrdom. Only in recent years has he begun to receive some of the recognition he deserves.Schneider was not a theologian of first rank like Karl Barth … [Read more...]

They Say its my Birthday— When I’m 62


Also---- who is that cat in the hat below?Muhammad Ali--- "A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life."Kitty Collins--- "Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life."George Harrison--- "All the world is a birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much."Unknown-- "Artificial intelligence is a wonderful thing. I told my computer that today is my birthday, and it said that I need an … [Read more...]

Mr. Mitty and Mr. Banks— Two Films worth Seeing


Sometimes familiarity breeds contempt. Sometimes boredom is just a clear sign of a person's lack of imagination. Sometimes movie critics fall prey to both of these malaises. Something like this has happened when it comes to two films well worth seeing which have emerged during this holiday season. I am referring to Saving Mr. Banks and the Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Here are two films you can actually take your family to see (though neither one of them are kids movies), and they could … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day– Charles Spurgeon


‚ÄúThere are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and d … [Read more...]

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Reflections on a Year of Surprises


The older you get, the more you become surprised that you are able to be surprised by anything. You figure you have been around the block too many times and seen too many things for there to be many surprises. And sadly, sometimes, older folk lose their sense of wonder, their ability to be amazed, altogether. This year has however been different. I don't suppose there will ever be a 'new normal' after Christy died prematurely almost two years ago now, but perhaps there will be a new routine. … [Read more...]

The Psalms Go– For more than a Song

The Bay Psalm Book, set for auction on November 26, 2013. Courtesy Sotheby's.

Suppose you were asked--- what is the most valuable book in America? I doubt anyone without prior knowledge would say--- The Book of Psalms, but that would be the correct answer. About a month ago, one of eleven extant copies of the original Bay Psalm Book produced by the Puritans in 1640 sold at auction for--- wait for it $14.5 million dollars. This copy was one of two which belonged to the Old South Church in Boston, who sold it to support the mission of that church. Good for them. Here … [Read more...]

Boxing Day– A Christmas Tradition We Ought to Adopt


While Americans are busily treating Dec. 26th as 'exchange day' when they take unwanted Christmas presents back to the stores and exchange them for something they like better, the British, and other nations in the British Commonwealth (and other European nations) are busily celebrating Boxing Day. Here is the Wiki summary of what it is..."Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their bosses or employers, known as a … [Read more...]