Merry Christmas

I would like to wish all my readers a very blessed, safe, and merry Christmas.

Just like last year, I leave you with the lyrics of Charles Wesley’s hymn, “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” but this time with the original 1739 lyrics.

God bless you.

Hark, how all the welkin rings,
“Glory to the King of kings;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
Universal nature say,
“Christ the Lord is born to-day!”

Christ, by highest Heaven ador’d,
Christ, the everlasting Lord:
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb!
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate deity!
Pleased as man with men to appear,
Jesus! Our Immanuel here!

Hail, the heavenly Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.
Mild He lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth;
Born to give them second birth.

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to thine.

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface;
Stamp Thy image in its place.
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the life, the inner Man:
O! to all thyself impart,
Form’d in each believing heart.

Talk Radio Bonanza

Just this evening I got the opportunity to sit in on the Matt Friedeman Show on AFR. For those of you who were able to catch the broadcast there’s no doubt that you don’t want to hear it again, but for the rest of you I’m going to provide a link to an MP3 download. Feel free to download and listen to my first attempt at talk radio.

Be gentle.

Download File.

"Forward Wandering" — A Blog I Recommend

Every now and then I like to point my reader(s?) to other good blogs, namely ones that I check out in my blog-rounds on a regular basis.

My good friend from college, Tristan Borland (that’s him in the picture to the right next to a younger, skinnier, dumber me), has his own blog over at Forward Wandering. Tristan, a recent Asbury Seminary grad, has this to say concerning the purpose of his blog:

I’m a Christian in my upper 20’s who is trying to figure out what to do with my life. I’m originally from Ohio. I married a Minnesota girl whom I met in Brazil. We spent several years in central Minnesota and are currently living in Kentucky. I will soon be finishing my Master’s degree at Asbury Theological Seminary…. More than anything I desire to follow Christ, but most of the time I’m not really sure where he’s leading me. I feel like I’ve wandered around a lot these past few years, but I believe that Christ has been leading me in the midst of my wanderings. I figure this blog may help me track some of my thoughts as I continue to wander after Jesus.

I’ve been visiting his blog over the last couple of months, and I feel pretty confident that if you like funny observations on life mingled with thought-provoking theological/philosophical insights, his blog will be right up your alley.

Other miscellaneous facts about Tristan: He claims to be married to a girl named “Jill,” although few (if any) have ever seen her. He was once featured on the John Corby Show on 610 WTVN talk radio in Columbus, OH (while in Brazil, no less). And he’s almost as good of a basketball player as I am.

Oh, and did I mention that he’s a die-hard Buckeye fan too? But then again, is there any other kind of Buckeye fan? Me thinks not.

Forward Wandering. Check it out. Tell him I sent you.

Scribner News

For those of you who do not already know, my wife is with child. She is 13 weeks pregnant as of today, with a due date of January 14th. That is still a long way off, but thankfully we are almost all the way through the first trimester and things are going very, very well.

I am posting this information on here for two reasons: 1. There are some of you who read this blog that I consider good friends who would otherwise have no idea of this news; and 2. This has caused me to think about several new issues that I had never really considered before. Therefore, in the following days I will be posting a rather lengthy topic concerning one of these new issues — babies and personhood — and I wanted to give you some heads up (I know I’ve been slacking this Summer).

So, there you go. We are excited and prayerfully looking ahead! Check back very soon.

It’s Vacation Time!

Just a quick note to all you faithful followers of my little sliver of bloggerdom, I’ll be on vacation June 1-11. I’ll still be checking and responding to new comments, but I won’t be adding any new posts until after I get back. So feel free to stay engaged in any one of the several current running dialogues, and I’ll see you in the second week of June.

Gob bless.

(Don’t be deceived by the picture. The place we’re going looks nothing like that, I assure you.)

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish all my readers a very blessed, safe, and merry Christmas.

I leave you with the lesser known lyrics of Charles Wesley’s timeless Christmas hymn, “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” (1734).

Merry Christmas!

Christ, by highest heaven adored;
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail th’ incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King!”

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King!”

My Theological Worldview

I thought this was pretty interesting, although I don’t place a whole lot of stock in assessments like these because of how vague the questions and answers can be.

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan. You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God’s grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Neo orthodox

96%

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

96%

Fundamentalist

79%

Roman Catholic

68%

Emergent/Postmodern

64%

Reformed Evangelical

64%

Classical Liberal

46%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

46%

Modern Liberal

14%

What’s your theological worldview?
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Still not sure about that 96% on Neo orthodox….. 🙂

Gibberish

The other morning my wife missed her alarm and overslept. She usually gets up much earlier than I do, therefore she simply leaves me to sleep an extra 30 minutes or so. But on this particular morning, as she flew out of the bed, she managed to mumble something in a panicked tone that I struggled to interpret in my near comatose state.

“Oh my gosh, I overslept!” to me amounted to little more than gibberish. Between her groggy mumbling and my partial consciousness, we were virtually unable to communicate. I think I managed some kind of, “What?” to which she replied with something else I could not really understand. It was quite confusing.

As I thought back about the incident later that day, it began to dawn on me just how fragile communication is. In fact, I would say that 99% of the time all forms of human communication fall far short of perfection. Without trying to get philosophical, I just want to point out that communication in this fallen world is a very, very difficult thing to get right.

There is something profoundly symbolic in this thought in relation to our understanding of God. It with with speech that God brought the creation into existence. It is with words that God revealed himself to all mankind through the holy scriptures. The very Word incarnate communicates to us with precision exactly who God is in His very nature. To speak, therefore, is to be something like God — to image Him.

It is only natural for a fallen creation, therefore, to have fallen communication. I want to understand you, but I struggle. This is particularly true here in Jackson where I have trouble understanding the vast majority of what people say to me. But the problem is universal to mankind, and not just across the typical language barriers, but even among those who speak the same language with the same accent!

What am I trying to say out of all this? Not much, really. I’m just thinking out loud about things. I guess the direct application for me is to make an extra effort to understand what you are trying to say to me, and go the extra mile in making myself clear to you. Perhaps the church would more closely resemble a body if we all made the extra efforts to speak and to listen more clearly.

What are your thoughts on the matter?