Friday, December 28, 2007

Still Alive

We were just out of town for Christmas, but we're back now.

If someone wants to buy me this...I'd be grateful. :-)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Our mission is tied to his...

Something to think about during Advent...
From Isaiah 61..
61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
4 They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.

5 Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks;
foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;
6 but you shall be called the priests of the Lord;
they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;
you shall eat the wealth of the nations,
and in their glory you shall boast.
7 Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion;
instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot;
therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion;
they shall have everlasting joy.

8 For I the Lord love justice;
I hate robbery and wrong;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed.

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Break...

It’s nice to be done for the semester. I think I read 20 or so books and at least 70 journal articles. Next semester I’m going to take one less class, which should be good. I was so rushed this Fall that I honestly don’t remember much that happened.

I am glad it’s the Christmas season. I love celebrating the incarnation. Advent is great because it allows us to focus on the first coming while also celebrating the second coming. It does a good job holding the eschatological tension that characterizes the age between the first and second advents. Think about it: the one who was promised to crush the serpent’s head came as a baby, defeated death as a man and is coming back as the conquering king who will restore and renew everything. Wow.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Tim Keller Goodness

These are over a year old, but good.
A megachurch pastor talking about the importance of theology and doctrine.



On being salt and light.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Snow...

Weird. And since we live in a log cabin, beautiful.
Too bad we're driving to Atlanta tomorrow.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Buck Fever

I made it to a tree stand on the farm this past Saturday morning around 6:30ish. About 100+ yards to my right and below I heard crashing. I knew it was a buck since doe typically aren't that loud.


As daylight approached I heard more noise; this time coming up. The legal time to shoot was 6:50. At around 7, I looked to my right and about 100 yards, there was a buck. I ch
ecked him with my scope to make sure he met the antler restrictions for our county. He did.

Of course, I was shaking and excited by this time. He moved further up toward a path to my right. Still under my scope, he stopped right behind a tree. I waited. He
took two steps. I positioned my rifle and it made a slight noise. He turned and looked my direction. I waited it out and since a right shot is perfect for a left-handed shooter, I had the time and felt good. He turned and took one step forward. It was his last.

Another shot...

This is the distance from the deer to the stand. I am the orange blur...


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