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Saturday, December 25, 2004

Collects for the Nativity of our Lord: Christmas Day
Tonight, at our 5 p.m. Family & Children's Vigil Eucharist, we prayed
O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Contemporary I)
And, at our Traditional "Midnight" Choral Eucharist, we prayed
O God, who hast caused this holy night to shine with the illumination of the true Light: Grant us, we beseech thee, that as we have known the mystery of that Light upon earth, so may we also perfectly enjoy him in heaven; where with thee and the Holy Spirit he liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. (Traditional II)
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

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Monday, December 20, 2004

Quotes of the Month
I have nothing original to say here these days. Don't get me wrong, I still say all sorts of original, heretical things, but I prefer to say them in different settings (e.g. among fellow Balaam's asses). So, for now, I'll just post things others have said.

People who claim to have a special love for the Reformed faith confuse me—the same goes for people who say they have a special love for the Catholic faith, the Baptist faith, and so forth. Saying "I love the Reformed faith. It's so rich and full of meaning" seems about the same as saying, "I just love my hand. My hand is great. The rest of me is okay, but my hand is just awesome. Let me tell you about the history of my hand, and about what great things my hand did when I was twelve—when the rest of my body had gotten stupid and ugly." I have no love for the Reformed faith, but that's because I don't think there is such a thing. My foot and my eye and my hand and my tongue all have the same mind and same spirit—the Joshua Gibbs mind and spirit. Lutherans, Methodists, Pentecostals, whoever writes for Credenda anymore, Willow Creek—all these have the same mind, the mind of Christ. The Reformed church today is at odds with this. We lack great love.

The way that we speak of our Body needs to reflect the Body itself—the world will judge us by the way that we love one another. We need to speak of ourselves as being one, think of ourselves as being one, treat ourselves corporately the way that we treat ourselves personally. In that the majority of the people that look at this website call themselves Reformed, and because people who call themselves Reformed generally have a bigger problem with ego than people who call themselves anything else—I'm putting forth a general invitation to, in this coming year, give up being Reformed. Try not thinking about the fact that you're the hand, try thinking about the fact that you're the body. Try to not speak of the history of the hand, the glory of the hand or how the hand saved civilization. Don't try to discern the hand in fellow saints, discern the body. Realize that your goal in life is not to make the foot or the eye into the hand. Your goal in life is not to make the hand huge and the ass small. Your goal in life is to bring glory to the Head.
Joshua Gibbs
Earlier in this post, Josh wrote that "We should not publish mockeries of these people and display them to the rest of the church, let alone allowing the world to see our 'unpresentable members' (and our lack of regard for them)." Which reminds me of another quote, from an article I read last night in Touchstone:
But humor doesn't have to hurt. You can poke fun at people, even satirize and parody them, without adding the unmistakable element that takes delight in kicking another person down. What a Christian must not do is present raw ridicule—humor primarily designed to scratch our itch to hurt another person. We use wit to defeat, employ cleverness to demolish, and bask in showers of applause after partnering with murder. The outraged, and perhaps sputtering and inarticulate, target rightly recognizes that your wish for him is destruction. No wonder is it, then, when he responds in kind.

Sarcasm just breeds more of the same—self-defending sarcasm, bitterness and retaliation. But good humor, even satire, protects the target's dignity and invites him to laugh along. Well-done humor stimulates reflection and reconsideration. The best-honed humor, deft and well-targeted, can nudge a change in the course of the world.
Frederica Mathewes-Green
Amen, amen.

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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Xmas Shopping
My Christmas shopping is nearly finished. Jon says I act like it's a full-time job. Well, maybe it is. I need to go back to my old method of shopping throughout the year. It sure makes things simpler...digging through a closet for gifts vs circling the mall parking lot for 30 minutes looking for an empty spot then dragging two little kids into the mob looking for the perfect gift. But then again, who's looking for the perfect gift anymore? I'm settling for "suitable". Speaking of suitable, Jon, what the heck do you want for Christmas? You're the only one left on my list, mister.

Helpful note: Walmart is a nightmare so don't even think about going in there.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Quote of the Day
"I'm starting to be of the opinion that theologians who don't read works of fiction on a pretty regular basis just aren't good theologians." —Tim Enloe

(via Josh McInnis)

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Blog Announcements
For any readers who don't already know, Remy is blogging again. Welcome back, friend! [/Dale Gribble voice]

In other news, Hollie has been keeping a photoblog of our boys. I linked it a while back on the right, but never called attention to it until now.

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Sunday, December 5, 2004

Emerging Pastor/Priest on Ordination
I thought this was noteworthy.

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Friday, December 3, 2004

This looks like a cool site. (Here's the publisher's faculty page.)

Note to self: Try to find a copy of Read Mercer Schuchardt's article, "Small World(view): How Walt Disney's Neurosis Became Our Reality" (Re:generation Quarterly, Spring 2003), per Garver.

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