Links! Uncategorized Add comments Dec 242013 Sarah on Advent… The Santa tracker… The “war on Christmas debate”… The violence of Christmas… A word from Naghmah Abedini… What evangelicals can learn from Francis… Keeping the Christmas in Christmas… Survival tips for the holidays… The parable of the carnival and the freak show… When merry is a million miles away… Does birth order matter? Derek’s blog… Consider the dogs… (love this one) Sharing my opinion is overrated… God getting human on Him… The war about the war on Christmas… Related 17 Responses to “Links!” Jim says: December 24, 2013 at 11:10 am Heavy for the Vintage nailed it. Dusty says: December 24, 2013 at 11:11 am Merry christmas big brother. Michael says: December 24, 2013 at 11:14 am Merry Christmas, Dusty! Much love and prayers to you, little sister of mine. Derek Thornton says: December 24, 2013 at 11:15 am Thanks for the shout out, Michael. If anyone wants to drop by their in a few hours, I am working on a watercolor pencil drawing of a squirrel. My wife and I have been watching the squirrels in the backyard and it made me want to draw one. ___________ That post on FB by Naghmeh Abedini was inspiring this morning. That woman is strong and faithful! Solomon Rodriguez says: December 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm Merry Christmas everyone here in The Wonderful Phoenix Preacher land! My present to all of you is that I have come to bring my Glad tidings. Martin Luther's Disciple says: December 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm I think the biggest thing to fight the ‘war on Christmas’ is to make sure that your church is open on Christmas day. If your pastor is not opening the church on Christmas morning, tell him he is the biggest ‘warrior’ against Christmas. pastors – if you are not at work Christmas morning, you can have no say in the so called ‘war on christmas.’ Xenia says: December 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm We will be celebrating the Feast of the Nativity in a few weeks (Jan 7) but I wish all you New Calendar folk 🙂 a Merry Christmas and a happy Holy Day. And if your church is open, go! Derek Thornton says: December 24, 2013 at 1:46 pm The dog article was good and brought up a lot of fond memories of pets past. Also, it brought a lot of sad memories of pets moving on through my life. It is always sort of sad that pets live such a short time. Life is a vapor to us, but to them it is even less than that. Solomon Rodriguez says: December 24, 2013 at 2:16 pm “I think the biggest thing to fight the ‘war on Christmas’ is to make sure that your church is open on Christmas day. If your pastor is not opening the church on Christmas morning, tell him he is the biggest ‘warrior’ against Christmas. pastors – if you are not at work Christmas morning, you can have no say in the so called ‘war on christmas.’” Open the Church on Christmas? You mean a pile of sticks on a pile of dirt is the Church? I thought the people were the Church, silly me! called out ones, not called out buildings! Xenia says: December 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm Here’s an article about Orthodox Christmas in January that some might find interesting: http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Keeping-Christ-in-Christmas-the-Russian-Way.aspx?p=1 Derek Thornton says: December 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm Free on Amazon right now. Not sure for how long. Jesus in the Present Tense: The I AM Statements of Christ [Kindle Edition] by Warren Wiersbe http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Present-Tense-Statements-Christ-ebook/dp/B005MTBJKE/ref=zg_bs_158327011_f_2 Martin Luther's Disciple says: December 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm SolRod, You are just like the CC pastors who just want to sleep in on Christmas morning, instead of gathering with God’s people. Merry zzzzzzzzz to you tomorrow. 🙂 stu says: December 25, 2013 at 8:29 am As a bible believing follower of Christ I think that anything built around the birth of Jesus is a human construct. If it was important for us to know the day God would’ve said so plainly. Jesus was probably born on a major Jewish feast day. Some say that if you could determine the time of John the baptizer’s father’s temple ministry you could deduce when Jesus was born. However, having said that, I love Christmas and most all the trappings. I love the gifts, the music, the food, the church programs, the movies, the cheer… I wish I could say I love the family gatherings but in my family that’s not possible. I believe Christmas to be more pagan than Christian but I can extract the good from it. My wife says I know how to celebrate. She loves Christmas with me. So merry Christmas to all and to all a good attitude! Ho Ho Ho boy, am I gonna get it!! 😉 😉 😉 Derek Thornton says: December 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm Just wanted to let people know, that today, Brian Broderson, Dan Phillips, Frank Turk and Douglas Wilson all gave a #freesaeed tweet. I myself have issues with a few on that list and others here may have grievances, but credit where credit is due, they gave a voice to Saeed Abedini. Also had a few people that are unknown on here, but have large twitter followings due to political views do some RT’ing that left my phone bothering me. I would never have considered these people for some reason due to their very radical loud views on the President, but the Lord used them and they were very helpful in getting a little bit of more awareness out. Praise the Lord that more people are aware today. Solomon Rodriguez says: December 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm Merry Christmas MLD! I just woke up Derek Thornton says: December 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm To borrow from another post: Broken is what A&E is feeling right now. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/a-e-welcomes-phil-robertson-667647 Derek Thornton says: December 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm LOL! I thought of Xenia when I saw this tweet by Russell Moore. “Is it just me or is media use of “patriarch” as a descriptor limited to Eastern Orthodox and Duck Dynasty?” https://twitter.com/drmoore/status/416708371585056769 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> Name (required) E-mail (required) URI Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.