My firiend, Ward Tanneberg, President of CASA Network (that’s not the child advocacy group) is my guest blogger this week. He shares some thoughts about Advent that stand in stark contrast to the prominent secular worldview we see around us today. Ward uses his own recent experience with his daughter doing a movie marathon together. What does a movie marathon have to do with Advent. Well, read on and see for yourself. Then ask yourself what Advent means in your home.
Advent is a WOW word!
It comes from the Latin adventus, a translation of the Greek word parousia. It is a word commonly used when speaking of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. What a great idea. A time for followers of Jesus to share together the ancient longing for Messiah’s first appearing, and to anticipate his Second Coming.
Last Saturday, Michele and I did one of our infamous “movie marathons.” It goes like this. Continue reading
Is it possible we have become too dependent upon technology? That is the question Trace Embry asks in his blog post, Teens and the Trades in America. I was intrigued by Trace’s concern that we may have a major problem in America should the power ever be shut down and our technology, upon which we are so dependent, is no longer functioning. Are there enough people still around with the skills to fix stuff and survive a world without power?
If you are part of the generations over 50 today, you probably learned basic skills for fixing a bike, changing the oil and plugs in your car, or repairing a broken mower. Trace contends that many of the 30 and younger crowd have not been taught to do basic repairs around the house. Continue reading
So what is the point of Thanksgiving in our modern culture?
When this nation was established, the Continental Congress and succeeding sitting Presidents issued several Thanksgiving proclamations for the nation, the first in 1782:
It being the indispensable duty of all nations, not only to offer up their supplications to Almighty God, the giver of all good, for His gracious assistance in a time of distress, but also in a solemn and public manner, to give Him praise for His goodness in general, Continue reading
Gal. 5:6 : “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
We’ve all heard the adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Unfortunately, some of you grew up in, or may now be in, a church where your worth and spiritual condition were measured by outside appearances according to rules established by men. Relatively little attention is given to the inside—the heart or character. The inside is judge based upon outside perceptions.
While rules matter in life, they are not the main thing. The only thing that counts, Continue reading
Is it possible, as one writer has suggested, that we have “lost the soul of America?” In the UK, any former semblance of a once Christian worldview and the freedom to express that worldview in the public square has, for all practical purposes, disappeared. Is the same thing happening in the US today? Continue reading