Some things just get better with age. “The Wayback Machine” posts occur at the end of every month and reference the best posts of that month in years past. My hope is to provide a good jumping on point for readers who have never been to Pursuing Glory.
I received an early copy of Primal, a book by National Community Church pastor Mark Batterson. This was a good read that took a look at loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Jesus raises up movements that sweep large numbers of souls into the Kingdom of God. In this post, I look at the nature of movements as unpacked by Mark Driscoll during an Acts 29 gathering. It’s good food for thought if you’ve never though of Christianity as a movement.
So I bought this new bible (Wide Margin ESV) and it inspired me to start a new feature where bloggers (in particular, me) talk about what we’re learning as we’re reading through the Bible. I’ve done a few more like it, and I would love to see others join me. If you’re interested, let me know.
I always love wishing someone a “Merry Christmas.” You really can’t do much better on a Christmas post than to challenge materialism, talk about the incarnation of Christ, and quote Dr. Seuss. This post may set the standard for my Christmas greetings in the future.
I was just a new blogger in 2006, but I also became a new dad! This was the only blog of December 2006, but it announces the birth of my first child. She’s just as special four years later as she was when I posted this.
Which is worse: Being able to almost fully recite the text of Dr. Seuss’ ABC’s or having your daughter correct you when you can’t quite get the words right?
Ah well…it might have something to do with the fact that I’ve covered this story somewhere before. (And yes, I know, the song doesn’t play. Maybe that’s a good thing.)
I just wanted to take a quick minute and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. For us, this is going to mark the end of a very busy month. We haven’t been super caught up in the holiday parties and stuff, but it will be nice to have all the shopping finished and just reflect on what Christmas is really about. If you’re a friend of mine on Facebook, hop on over and check out the new Christmas pictures of us and the kids. If you’re not a friend of mine on Facebook…well…introduce yourself and maybe you can take a look, too.
Here’s a quick thought I wanted to share. Tomorrow morning when we wake up, there will be a long, eventful day in front of us. That day, however, is not about gifts or about giving, it’s not about saving a troubled economy, or even about spending time with family and friends. Tomorrow will be the day that most of the Christian world commemorates Jesus laying aside His divine status as God and taking on the form of a human being in order to bring us into fellowship with God. Whether we get what we want or get anything at all, we have reason to be thankful. Take some time and express to God your thanks.
Finally, I leave you with a quote from perhaps the most famous Dr. Seuss book of all time, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” This quote comes as the Grinch has stolen all of Whoville’s things and is waiting to hear them weeping and wailing. He believes he has stolen Christmas by stealing their gifts. Instead he hears them joining together, despite losing all their Christmas “stuff,” to sing a song of thanks. And then the narrator says:
“And he puzzled and puzzled, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.”
May we all come to that conclusion tomorrow. Merry Christmas, everyone!