Monthly Archives: December 2013

Won’t Watch the Ball Drop

[I am pleased to have a special New Year’s Eve guest post from Ellen Mandeville, whose tweets are always worth your while. Please help me welcome her to the train wreck for her first blog post!] *** Sometimes what we … Continue reading

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The Goodness of the Law – an answer to legalistic doctrine

Regular readers might have noticed that I’ve written many times on law and legalism. I think a few readers might have wondered if I’d gone off the antinomian deep end. I have not. The Place of the Law Jesus said: … Continue reading

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Sunday Funnies – Suggestive Sermon Prep

Every once in a while I am asked to preach a sermon. This is how my wife helps me prepare: ***

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Why’d they leave out Joseph?! (The Christmas story retold by kids)

This is from Flood, the church our daughter attends in San Diego. It’s stinkin’ cute! My favorite part: “They weighed him in a manger.” Yours? ***

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Saturday Quotable – JRR Tolkien on the Meaning of Life

It may be said that the chief purpose of life, for any one of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to be moved by it to praise … Continue reading

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A Husband’s Christmas Memories

[From the archives.] The Bible tells us it is better to give than receive (Acts 20:35), and I have a treat for you below that exemplifies this in memorable fashion. But first I thought I’d tell you of one of … Continue reading

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Tales of the Magi

“So, you have made it home safely,” said the king. “Yes, Sire. It was a longer journey than we expected, but a journey I would not have missed for my very life,” said one of the king’s counselors. “Nor I,” … Continue reading

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Immanuel, God with Us

A happy and blessed Christmas to you all, Tim *** Isaiah 9:6-7 (ASV) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called … Continue reading

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Christmas and Death – God’s blessed plan

In the months leading up to the birth of Jesus, angels paid relatively quiet visits to Zechariah, Mary and Joseph. On the night of Jesus’ birth, though, they could not contain themselves. The shepherds in the fields got an earful: … Continue reading

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Christmas Doom and Joy: the Holiday with Mixed Messages

Luke 2 is full of wonder, telling the story of Jesus’ birth, God himself being born as a baby in a simple manger. This was news worth telling as the angel demonstrated by announcing it to  shepherds, people who knew … Continue reading

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