simply, Christian

Thoughts on the War in Iraq...

I have deliberately kept this blog apolitical in the past, and I'm not intending to make this a political arena now, but there is something I noticed in the debates last week that all the presidential candidates on both sides of the fence fail to understand:

The war in Iraq is fact, all war is politics.

In . . .

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January 08, 2008

"An American's Prayer for the New Year"--Ben Witherington

Just posted on Ben Witherington's excellent in its entirety because it is too pointedly good to edit:

Lord God:


I am almighty tired of all that is tawdry and cheap about Christianity in America. I am tired of the chest thumping assumptions about God being on ‘our side’.I weary of those . . .

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January 02, 2008

CoD Part 8, Carefree Simplicity

As 2007 rapidly draws to a close, the web and other media outlets are abuzz with a flurry of predictions about 2008. From $5/gallon gasoline to the American presidential race to war in the Middle East, it seems everyone has something to say about the year that hasn't even yet begun. Regardless of what you read, however, the predictions . . .

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December 31, 2007


It's snowing?!  OK, so it's not really snowing in Houston...but this 'blog snow' is about as close as we'll get here, and it will last about as long!

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December 30, 2007

Advent Prayer, Christmas Eve

This deviates from the historic liturgies from which I have drawn my advent prayers this season, but it is one that is dear to my heart because of my vocation and its historical value:

Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world

in spite of human failure.

Give us the faith to trust Your goodness

. . .

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December 24, 2007

An Advent Prayer, Week 4

ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to . . .

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December 23, 2007


I just want to pick up my pen and write,

Not to take notes, doodle, or draw;

Not to write an earth-shattering tome or speech to change the world;

Not to parse verbs, diagram sentences, or translate Greek.

I just want to write...

To feel the weight of the pen in my hand,

To see the ink flow from nib to paper, . . .

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December 21, 2007