Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 Book List – Part Two

Pressing on in the annual book list, here’s the second installment… Getting the Message (Daniel Doriani) – My son and I read this together over the summer.  The author was one of my professors in seminary and does an admirable … Continue reading

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2012 Book List – Part One

Ah, the places I’ve been this year.  That is to say, the books I’ve had the pleasure of reading.  Around this time of year, I find it helpful to survey the list – both for the sake of reflection as … Continue reading

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“The Hobbit” – A Movie Review

Before I go any further in this review, let me say at the start that I went into the theater wanting to like this movie.  To those who have expressed concern about this one book being translated into three films, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Newtown – Part 5

I began this series with some wisdom from C. S. Lewis.  Let me end with that.  Lewis once said in his book, The Problem of Pain, “In prosperity God whispers to us, but in adversity he shouts at us.”  That … Continue reading

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Reflections on Newtown – Part 4

But there’s one last thing we lose sight of that feeds this sense of surprise and shock when such things occur as we’ve seen last week – the very real depravity of man. And it is a depravity, not a … Continue reading

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Reflections on Newtown – Part 3

Back to what surprises and stuns us.  Certainly the reality of the Fall.  But also the fragility of life.  Crazy as it sounds, somehow we are caught off guard here as well. Despite the fact we have no certainty of … Continue reading

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Reflections on Newtown – Part 2

One of the reasons we should not be so surprised, so stunned, when such things happen – on whatever scale they may occur – is the reality of the Fall.  It was an historical event. What we read in Genesis … Continue reading

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Reflections on Newtown – Part 1

Friday, December 14, 2012 will be a day seared into our nation’s memory.  Across this land there is an aching for Newtown, CT and Sandy Hook Elementary School – for lives cut so short, for survivors in their desperate confusion … Continue reading

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Learning to Forget – The Problem of a Good Memory

It was during a meal on one of our mission trips to Cherokee, NC that the realization hit me.  I was sitting with a few of the administrators of the camp and was reflecting on something I’d observed earlier that … Continue reading

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The Best Holiday Mints for Our Spiritual Halitosis

Halitosis (also known as “bad breath”) is an oral health condition characterized by consistently malodorous breath.  Simple steps of prevention would include flossing, sweeping the tongue, and brushing with mouthwash.  As in many afflictions, identifying the cause is the first … Continue reading

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Walking Amidst the Nasca Lines

The Nasca Lines are a series of ancient geolyphs located in the Nasca Desert in southern Peru.  Scholars believe the shapes were created by the peoples of the area between 400 and 650 A.D.  The hundreds of individual figures range … Continue reading

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