Christmas Kick-off

Christmas has officially begun at our house.  My wife has one rule–not a sprig of holly, a whiff of fir, or a snatch of caroling until after Thanksgiving.  Today being the day after Thanksgiving, we will hearken unto herald angels, deck the aural halls, and dream of a white Christmas until we sleep in the…

The Gospel According to Genesis

Created by Trey Hill \\ squarerootofnine.com Now, on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, the earth was formless and empty, darkness was on the face of the deep, and Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. Then God said, “LET…

Another Scary Verse from Hebrews

http://vimeo.com/9654814 “For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries” (Heb. 10:26-27). This is one of those passages that most of us would like to wish away.  Until…

Self-Denial and Cross-Bearing (Part 4)

Image from the film, “The Passion of the Christ” (Mel Gibson, 2004) This series is excerpted from a piece written by an author at Christaslife.com.  The author wished to remain anonymous. *** Not Watering Down the Cross In case we might want to make the act of taking up the Cross into something less than what…

Self-Denial and Cross-Bearing (Part 3)

This series is excerpted from a piece written by an author at Christaslife.com.  The author wished to remain anonymous. *** Rest for Your Souls “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly…

Self-Denial and Cross-Bearing (Part 2)

“Christ of St. John of the Cross” by Salvador Dali This series is excerpted from a piece written by an author at Christaslife.com.  The author wished to remain anonymous. *** How Do We Identify the Followers of Christ? Jesus’ words in Luke 9 have already given us the basic answer as to how we might identify…

Self-Denial and Cross-Bearing (Part 1)

Sketch by Patrick Murphy: http://inspiredsketch.blogspot.com/ This series is excerpted from a piece written by an author at Christaslife.com.  The author wished to remain anonymous. *** Jesus was the most self-giving person who walked this earth.  His mission was to sacrifice Himself so that we might have new life.  It is surprising to me then, that He would…

This Is What Is Written (Part 2)

Picture taken at Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum Please read Part 1 before continuing…. We have been saying that the full meaning of scripture is found in Christ.  Yet this doesn’t abolish historical or literal meanings.  For example: Isaiah saw the Lord “seated on a throne,” and prophesied that the Israelites would be “ever hearing,…

This Is What Is Written (Part 1)

Interpreting the scriptures is central to Christian belief.  After all, the way someone interprets the Bible determines how they understand and live out their faith.  These days, many methods of biblical interpretation have been advanced.  Some favor a literal interpretation, some a wholly symbolic one.  Others believe that no book of the Bible can be…