Archive: Dec 2009



To Do List: 2010

By Pete Peterson

In a few more days we’ll begin a new year and once again disappoint Arthur C. Clarke by failing to discover a mysterious black monolith in orbit around one of Jupiter’s moons (or Saturn’s depending on how you look at it).

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Two Seasons at Once

By Thomas McKenzie

Jesus said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” –John 14:27

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Advent: A Great Man and Two Humble Women

By S. D. Smith

I love Luke’s “orderly account” of what has been accomplished by Yahweh in the first advent of Christ.

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The problem, Mr. Cameron…

By Pete Peterson

Amazing. Staggering. Jaw-dropping. Groundbreaking. Revolutionary. These are all words that have been used to describe James Cameron’s new movie, Avatar. I’m a child of the Star Read More ›

A.B. Simpson: Are You a Faith-Slacker?

By Ron Block

“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you.” (Josh 1:3)

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Little Advents: Looking for the Christ Figure

By Travis Prinzi

In an interview, Robert Farrar Capon said:

You know what’s fun? When you watch a movie, try to identify the Christ figure. I mean the figure who makes the plot work.

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To the Limit, Storytellers, Forthwith

By S. D. Smith

What makes for great art? I won’t say I have no idea, but I am certainly on the shallow end of the pool, treading slowly and carefully deepward. One thing that does appear essential to me Read More ›

The Night Before Christmas at The Open Door Mission

By Curt McLey

It was a long, long time ago. We were all alone on Christmas Eve. Having read the second chapter of Luke and as the tree lights blinked slowly in the dark, my wife Debi, son Eric, and Read More ›

The Coming Thief

By Thomas McKenzie

Jesus said “But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have Read More ›

Lard-Buts and World-Think

By Ron Block

Much of the Christian life is confronting the difference between our programmed world-think and the Word of God. We’re to make a faith-choice on the side of the Word.

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What Makes Andy Gullahorn Super: A Conversation He’ll Probably Roll His Eyes At

By Russ Ramsey and Jason Gray

Russ Ramsey: On Andy Gullahorn’s previous release, “Reinventing the Wheel,” he sang, “I love the music that I grew up on, when the business was all about the song.” Jason, you have Read More ›

An Advent Prayer

By Thomas McKenzie

A “collect” (pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable) is a short form of Christian prayer. It is written to be used in public worship, and has several traditional elements. In the Read More ›