Avatar

I have joined the masses and donned my 3D glasses. Last night, my wife and I watched Avatar on our 6th Day of Christmas Date. Several thoughts and observations: 1. The 3D is definitely fun. I had a strange sensation a number of times where I couldn’t quite remember the difference between seeing 2D and…

Christmas for the Dying

Here are some thoughts on Christmas, children, and dying over at the Credenda site.

Eucharist as Redemption of Vocation

“The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by the arm of His strength: “Surely I will no longer give your grain as food for your enemies; and the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored. But those who have gathered it shall eat it, and…

Incarnation, Ritual, and Parenting

We have rightly emphasized over the years that the incarnation is God’s embrace of creation and the human body, and this means that part of salvation is our learning to embrace creation and our bodies in right ways. This has meant for many of us growing into deep thankfulness for food and sex, symbols and…

On the First Day of Christmas…

Merry Christmas and Happy First Day of Christmas for those of you just getting started. One of my fondest memories of Christmas growing up is my dad sitting in a cozy, overstuffed chair in his pajamas. All day. While there’s such great blessing in having family nearby, we rarely did growing up, and so we’d…

Help Report

Well, I wanted to give a report on my recent request for music suggestions. My 15 credits ran out last Thursday sometime in the afternoon, and thus I made my choices before a few last suggestions came in (sorry, Jason and Bill). So here’s what I went with. Even though Bruce called a foul on…

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 7, Rom. 1, Matt. 1

IntroductionAs we look forward to our celebration of the birth of Jesus, this last Sunday of Advent celebrates the faithfulness and justice of God in coming to His people as the basis for our faith today. Immanuel: With or Without UsIsaiah 7 has several similarities to Isaiah 36-38. In this case Ahaz is the king…

Surpassing the Love of Women

A friend came by yesterday and pointed me to 2 Samuel 1:26 as a verse that recently caught his attention and caught him off guard a bit. He said it also made for some lively family conversation. David is lamenting the death of Saul and Jonathan, and he sings: “I am distressed for you, my…

John Frame

Here’s a helpful summary and review of the new festschrift in honor of John Frame (HT: Justin Taylor). And the book can be found here. My earliest memories of Church and worship are full of John Frame. From about six months to a little before my ninth birthday, we worshiped at New Life Presbyterian Church….

The Wisdom of Eating and Drinking with Sinners

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.” (Mt. 11:19) We have said before that in one sense Advent occurs every Lord’s Day. Every Lord’s Day the Lord comes to His people…