Archive for December, 2007

And the Word became flesh…

December 23rd, 2007 5 comments

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.

Merry Christmas to everyone! I am going to be unoriginal and point to some of my previous posts for your Christmas reading pleasure!:

  • “I Celebrate The Day” by Relient K:
    And I, I celebrate the day
    That You were born to die
    So I could one day pray for You to save my life

  • Dickens speaks Truth: Wise words from Charles Dickens.
  • Get the X out of X-mas!: A look at why Christians shouldn’t be offended by “XMas.”
  • Always Winter but never Christmas: On living in the “Now, but not yet.”
  • Happy Festivus!: Today is Festivus, come celebrate!
  • No Christmas For You!: On why church should be open when Christmas falls on a Sunday.
  • Christmas a pagan holiday?: A look at the pagan roots of Christmas and why Christians shouldn’t have a problem with it.
  • God bless and have a wonderful celebration of our savior’s birth!

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    A Rocha - The Rock

    December 10th, 2007 4 comments

    Jesus called Peter the rock on which he will build his church. Well I am pretty sure that Jesus would have been on board with this rock as well: A Rocha (which means “the rock” in Portuguese).

    The first A Rocha project began in Portugal in 1983. A field study centre and bird observatory was established near the Alvor estuary and it has now been visited by thousands of people from many parts of the world.

    All over the world Christians are realising that important habitats and their wildlife urgently need protection and so, since 1994, new A Rocha projects have started in other parts of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. The international cross-cultural strength of the Christian community has been making a unique contribution, not least as communities struggle to reconcile the need to protect biodiversity with their hopes for sustainable development.

    A Rocha projects have a community emphasis, bringing together people from widely differing backgrounds to work towards common goals.

    Two of my favorite people are back living in Canada: Andy is back at Regent preparing to join the Anglican ranks and Katie is working for A Rocha Canada.

    Based in British Columbia’s lower mainland, A Rocha Canada is a national conservation organization working to show God’s love for all of creation. We work out our commitment to environmental action through community-based conservation projects, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation, and environmental education.

    Andy has been very impressed by how A Rocha is trying to make a real impact in God’s creation. Not only that, but they are trying to find a realistic balance between living green and being aware of economic concerns. Katie is looking to raise support for this year and if any of you out there think A Rocha is a worthy cause (and it is), I invite you over to find out more about Katie’s role at A Rocha and ask her about supporting her. Christians need to be making an impact in the World that God has given us and this is a great, practical way that this can happen. Check it out! And here is a brief video introducing A Rocha:

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    “I Celebrate The Day” by Relient K

    December 4th, 2007 5 comments

    I should be grading/writing/reading/sleeping/etc. right now, but I thought I would post this quick because I think it is an amazing song and a great addition to the season of Advent (and I haven’t posted in a while… as per usual).

    For a group of guys who wrote some crazy and bizarre songs, they sure know how to write some amazing theology that can make me cry. They are very similar to Five Iron Frenzy in this way I think, especially as compared to the song On Distant Shores, one of my personal favorites. Ponder these words as you enjoy your season of Advent. (Emphasis mine.)

    I Celebrate The Day by Relient K

    And with this Christmas wish is missed
    The point I could convey
    If only I could find the words to say to let You know how much You’ve touched my life
    Because here is where You’re finding me, in the exact same place as New Year’s eve
    And from a lack of my persistency
    We’re less than half as close as I want to be

    And the first time
    That You opened Your eyes did You realize that You would be my Savior
    And the first breath that left Your lips
    Did You know that it would change this world forever

    And so this Christmas I’ll compare the things I felt in prior years
    To what this midnight made so clear
    That You have come to meet me here

    To look back and think that
    This baby would one day save me
    In the hope that what You did
    That you were born so I might live
    To look back and think that
    This baby would one day save me

    And I, I celebrate the day
    That You were born to die
    So I could one day pray for You to save my life

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