Monthly Archives: December 2007

Merry Christmas!!!

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Christmas Break

Note: this is one of those diary-esque posts, feel free to travel on to more interesting blog posts elsewhere…

Well, I finished giving exams on Monday… then I graded the essays… ugh… But interspersed with essay reading while at Greenberry’s*, I had many great opportunities to hang out there and at the Tavern and Bodo’s with friends who were home from college. I also bought and began reading unChristian. He is affirming what a bunch of us who work with this generation have been saying for a while…

This afternoon, I get to visit with a group of friends from 1997’s class at their 10 year reunion. Then on Monday night sweet Anna and I head east across the pond (dodging Santa and the sleigh – you did know that he begins in Asia and moves westward, didn’t you?).

If I post (I’m planning to take the HP) in the next week, there will be a picture of the Eiffel Tower… (yes, that is the same guy who designed Nyugati Station in Budapest (just to clarify, it is by far his most momentous design… Nyugati, not the tower)… yes, we are headed for Paris, what AM I thinking? Ok, stop, don’t get political…

that’s it and just in case this post is it for a while…

Merry Christmas

and


Happy New Year (under the Eiffel Tower? then the plane home)


* I remember being in Gby’s one evening grading papers when they were doing this photo shoot… it was about 830pm… one of the times when you don’t have to fight for a table.

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more tradition

Our school has had a live nativity for twenty years. Students and parents dress up and I read the Christmas story from Matthew and Luke. It is a great tradition.

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UnChristian

I pretty much stopped calling myself a Christian in most contexts a while back. It’s because of my experiences here in USA and in Europe that I began calling myself a “follower of Jesus.”

The whole issue of the testimony of the church is one that is near and dear to the hearts of some of my friends and me… a new book is out which addresses the issue…

I heard an interview last night driving from DC. Some of the author’s ideas are that Christianity is seen in America by unbelieving folks as:

1. Judgemental
2. Sheltered (not in the world)
3. Too Political (should we have national flags in churches??? or photos of presidents??? am I against Romney or Huckaby because they are so outspoken about ?)
4. Anti-Homosexual (I think they mean the people not the act)
5. There were more but i can’t remember them…

This is a link to a generous sample of the book, click here…

I think this is some important material for those of us who are followers of Jesus to be aware of… how can we possibly present Jesus to folks without understanding them???

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the love of God is like…

the love of God is like a giant oak tree whose roots go deep into the ground and is sturdy and dependable… whose branches grow wide and provide shelter to birds who travel through… it does not care what we look like, smell like, sound like, act like, it is there…. it provides places of nesting for the young, shade from the summer’s heat… comfort, provision and protection… this is something of what the love of God is like… faithful, unconditional

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pix of home for joanna





Joanna, We took advantage of an amazing afternoon to do some mulching, mom said you wanted to see some pix, so here you go! We love you! 16 days!!!!

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more pix for Joanna





there you go Jo! 16 days!!!!!! see you in Paris!

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