Friday, December 24, 2010

That's Christmas

Here is a great short film that clearly defines the holiday we call Christmas.

To all readers of my blog, may God bless you and your family this year. Seek first the kingdom of God, and remember always...

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your path straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6


Alice E. (Lisa)Guinther
Boulder, CO

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"I Forgive..."

I forgive you,

But my spirit is crushed.



I forgive you,

But my soul is scarred.



I forgive you,

But I hardly can trust.



I forgive you,

But the pain never stops.



Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life—


Really?


Job set his daughters free,

Why am I still in chains?

Monday, December 20, 2010

"I Wonder as I Wander"




I wanted to share this with you all...a traditonal American carol, sung here by the Cambridge Singers.















The lyrics are as follows:

I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Saviour did come for to die,
For poor on'ry people like you and like I;

I wonder as I wander, out under the sky.

When Mary birthed Jesus 'twas in a cow's stall,
With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.

But high from God's heaven a star's light did fall
And the promise of ages it then did recall.

If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,
A star in the sky or a bird on the wing,
Or all of God's angels in heav'n for to sing,

He surely could have it, 'cause he was the King.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Neighbors

I was thinking about how in our Christian walk we try hard to be a good neighbor.

My neighbors are Mexican…they are a wonderful family with many relatives that come to visit them and share celebrations for birthdays and holidays…or just to have an impromptu meal. So at times there is a real fiesta right next door.

Now my Spanish language skills are basic, I do understand more than I can speak. But that is about it.

I have had the chance to help the little daughter get ready for kindergarten for she spoke almost no English, and interact with the nephews and nieces and various cousins and entertain them with dramatic readings of “If I ran the Zoo” to an appreciative audience.

But for birthdays and holidays I have learned to expect the knock on the door inviting me to come over for some food…and not much conversation.

Or there will be a knock on the door with the offer of a plate of wonderful homemade taquitos or carne-assada and a dish of red rice…and not too spicy either.

But this time, I was just wondering what to make for dinner, and I hear the timid knock on the door…and here is a young cousin with a foil rapped package of tamales…fresh and still hot! “My mother just made these” he said.

You know, I’m the neighbor that they share God’s love with.

And I am blessed.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Avery Dulles from "The Gospels as Confessional Documents"




Jesus Himself, as He lives in the pages of the New Testament, addresses Himself to men. As I read of Him conversing with Peter or Pilate, Mary or John, I become conscious that He is also speaking to me, demanding from me the unqualified surrender of faith. This is not a mere piece of dramatic artifice, but a dreadfully serious challenge. The Evangelists themselves, and the Church through them, solemnly guarantee the reality of Christ’s call. The Gospels, therefore, confront the reader with an existential choice. Either I must accept Jesus, with His sovereign demands upon me, or I must refuse what He asks. To look upon Him with mere interest, to remain deliberately uncommitted, is in effect to reject Him. “He who does not believe shall be condemned” (Mark 16:16) p.34

From: Apologetics and the Biblical Christ. Avery Dulles (1971) Paramus, NJ: Newman Press.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Book Review: "Is God A Moral Monster?"

Well, I may be starting a trend...another book review.



This time a new book by Paul Copan entitled; Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of The Old Testament God(2011) Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI.

This is an enlightening read, and is true of all Paul’s books, well crafted and researched.

What he has done with this book is to take his studies and research in biblical studies, philosophy of religion, Christian apologetics and compile it in a logical fashion to answer the critics of Christianity. Paul puts to rest the public perception that there is a difference between the “God of the Old Testament” and Jesus’ words of love in the New Testament, “…all men will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35); the seeming contradictions between the Old Testament and New that continue to plague Christianity today.

Chapter by chapter Paul addresses all the common fallacious understandings of the “New Atheists” that should have been shot down by most Christians a long time ago. Sad to say, most of these misunderstandings have been absorbed by atheists like Christopher Hitchens directly from sloppy teaching coming out of the church.

With outstanding apologetical verve, the chapters authoritatively address each of the common misunderstandings of the Old Testament…things like the “binding of Isaac”, to a more studied theological understanding of the “Kosher” food laws, to treatment of women and slaves, and finally a thorough, and to my mind, definitive look at the “massacre of the Canaanites”.

With sources like Richard Hess, Daniel Block and Mary Douglas to draw from, Paul has put to rest many of the errors of interpretation of the Old Testament still passed along today. All in all, this is a great book to strengthen any apologetics library and I recommend it for use in church classes and as supplemental textbook reading for understanding of the Old Testament.

So, you all need to order a copy! It should be avalible in stores soon, or order from Amazon, or direct from Baker Books.