pencil drawing; done as an example for my drawing students
Zinnias we grew from seed (currently 4 feet tall) - this photo inspired by Val's beautiful photography
"NT Wright suggests that Jesus’ response to the Pharisees’ complaint about his disciples “harvesting” on the Sabbath puts them in the role of Doeg the Edomite, who watched David get showbread from the priests at Nob (end of Mark 2). A student points out that the Edomite theme is still there in the Sabbath incident in Mark 3:1-6: After all the Pharisees go out from the synagogue to plot against Jesus with the Herodians, supporters of the Idumean/Edomite Herod Antipas."
Christian education – obeying Deuteronomy 6:4-7
Sermon text: Hebrews 8
Labels: Communion Exhortation
Text: Nehemiah 8:1-12
Labels: Communion Exhortation
Scripture teaches the headship and leadership of husbands and fathers in families. Some derisively call this patriarchal - This word is a hot button today, so let’s defuse it with a definition. It is from Greek and simply means father rule. If father decides something regarding the family, that decision should be respected and carried out. This is not derived from Ozzie and Harriet, but from Scripture.
"I understand, to return to an earlier example, why people would come to the point where they would be willing to drop five bucks on a cup of coffee. Okay, I think. It's a free country and you obviously have a lot of money. And if you don't have a lot of money, or you haven't bought into the aesthetic coffee imperative, I understand staying with the older drop coffee. Great. Still a free country. But what I don't get is the idea of someone spending five dollars on a cup of coffee as a way of expressing solidarity with peasants the world over. Look, you're rich. Come to terms with it."
I finally got around to organizing and filing away LAST YEAR'S school work and projects. While digging through the piles of paper, I discovered this game I created. My children loved learning about sea creatures last school year, and they really got into the whole life cycle of sea turtles. Who could blame them - rooting for those cute little hatchlings as they race for the sea while hovering gulls and lurking fiddler crabs enjoy the buffet on flippers will get anyone's adrenaline pumping. So I made up this game to reinforce all the aspects of a sea turtle's life. Hope it inspires your own family!
I'm listening to Solzhenitsyn's famous speech at Harvard in 1975. It is really something, though hard to get it all as he speaks in Russian and the translation was simultaneous. The following quotes are not exact, but the gist. You can listen here.
Just finished this tonight - quite good. Wright is controversial when it comes to justification, but fairly tame on the resurrection. His main point: the future hope that Scripture emphasizes is not life after death in heaven; it is life on earth, after life after death in heaven. The intermediate state when our souls are with Jesus are not the end goal, but a rest stop on the way to a renewed heaven and earth. Our present labor is not in vain, because it will be renewed on the new earth.
Found this over at leithart.com just now:
The "Yarnhooligans" rocked the dishrag world yesterday by coming in first place with a record time of 5 days to knit 4 dishrags!
Our congregation is participating in the Olympic spirit of competition by holding a Dish Rag Tag relay. We're knitting (or crocheting) dish rags then sending them to the next team member, "tagging" them to knit another dish rag as fast as possible. Four people per team spread out from Ivor to Williamsburg, VA.
...of marriage to my wife, today.
Listened to Ligon Duncan's presentation at the PCA General Assembly, telling us all the things the sacraments don't do. I was all set to write a little rant here about it, but that's all you're going to get, because moments later a pastoral situation injected some healthy balance into my theological wonkish life.
I searched the net for a peach peel jelly recipe that didn't require 4 quarts of peels. That would require a bushel of peaches, something that wasn't going to find it's way into our home anytime soon. So I improvised and came up with this lovely dark pink jelly instead. The flavor is delicious, like a peach Jolly Rancher! Wish I had a digital camera to show you how it sparkles.
PCA General Assembly colloquium on the efficacy of the sacraments
I was wondering how to respond to the latest World cover article. At first, I was just confused at World's impartial covering of the casual, emergent worship trend. Then George Grant pointed me to this article. Please read it, and tell me if you think the author is right on, or just whining. (I switched from the former to the latter about 80% of the way through.)
This is a GREAT book. It is balanced, and grounded in the character of God, as the following quotes show.