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Month: December 2010

  • Any De-Clutter Advice?

    I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about simplicity and the elimination of clutter recently – maybe because the holidays and having a new child are two events that somehow create a mass of “stuff” around the house – and we just had both events happen in our lives recently. The holidays and our new…

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  • The Bible’s Hidden Christmas Story

      When most people retell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, one of two accounts are usually used as the source – the Gospel of Luke or the Gospel of Matthew.  The four Gospels are basically ancient biographies of Jesus Christ.  Matthew and Luke are very direct in their narratives of the birth…

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  • 5 Prophecies Surrounding the Birth of Jesus

    The story of Christ’s birth in Matthew contains 5 prophecies (between Matthew 1:18 and 2:23).  It is easy to focus on the virgin conception as a stand-out miracle in the life of Christ (and it is), but it is also easy to overlook the miracle of multiple fulfilled prophecies surrounding the birth of Jesus. Here…

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  • Transformers Have Always Been Cool

    At least since the mid-80’s.  I’m the one on the right.  My sister Rachael in the middle and my cousin on the left. We were so proud of our little Optimus Prime and Megatron.

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  • When Is "Energy Efficient" Worth It? – GE Heat Pump Hot Water Heater Review

    This might bore some of you, but I’m really excited about the new water heater we got for our 1925 fixer-upper in Church Hill.  When we first bought this place back in June 2009, there was an 8-year old 30-gallon hot water heater in the basement that was off-level and had a water line about…

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  • Just When You Thought Certain Ideas Have Never Been Attempted

    I found this public domain image on wikipedia.  It is Walter Rothschild with his zebra carriage.

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  • Who Does She Look Like?

    When Kezzie was born, one of my first reactions was “who’s child is this?” in regards to her looks. She was and is beautiful. And so is my wife Sarah. But I was having a hard time finding a likeness to Sarah or myself. So you get to weigh in. Who does Kezzie look like,…

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  • Teaching Kids Godly Character at Home

    Here is a great real-life example of a family in our church who is living out Deuteronomy 6:7 in their home (“Impress them [God’s commands] on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”). Click on the…

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  • “Holy Fools”: Exploring the Journey of Calling for Christian Variety Performers

    I am happy to announce that my PhD dissertation has been published to ProQuest, an academic database for published research. I have made the dissertation open source, which means anyone anywhere can access the full content free of charge. Here is the full dissertation: https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/holy-fools-exploring-journey-calling-christian/docview/2622316783/se-2 Please share far and wide. I am very much excited…

  • The Easiest Large Group Game Ever
    The Easiest Large Group Game Ever

    This is probably the easiest large group game ever invented.  If you can think of an easier one, please let me know in the comments. Heads or Tails! This game of heads or tails involves EVERYONE in your large group.  It is actually better the larger the group gets.  There is an elimination factor to…

  • Out of the Mouths of Children

    “Out of the Mouths of Children” Sermon from Sunday, April 21, 2024 Dr. Jesse Joyner *Scripture passages are from the NIV unless otherwise noted. Matthew 21:6 “…and they said to him, ‘Do you hear what these are saying?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and…

  • Not a Single Bone Shall Be Broken

    Today is Good Friday on the Christian calendar. I would like to share a Good Friday reflection with you. Thank you for reading… When I speak at children’s events, I tell the story of Jesus and his ministry on earth. I point out that Jesus was the only human in history who lived a perfect…

  • From the Lips of Children

    Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the day of the Christian calendar where we celebrate the Triumphal Entry, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey while the crowd shouted “Hosanna!” That means, “Save!” The choice of donkey versus a horse demonstrates that Jesus is the humble king. But there is another detail of this story that…