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Archive of entries posted on December 2008

Who Was Born This Special Day?

Who Was Born This Special Day?, by Eve BuntingIllustrated by Leonid Gore(Atheneum, 2000), hb., 32 pp.Ages 3-5 This book is nicely illustrated and simple. There is not much to the book. The title question is asked through the book going through various animals as not the one born this day. On the last page it […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Van Nestes!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Van Nestes!

Christmas, God Working in the Dark

It seems that many people think you can only celebrate Christmas if all is well. You can see this in the various statements beginning with, “It just does not seem like Christmas because … Perhaps we set ourselves up for failure by expecting everything to be just right at this time of the year. If […]

Thanksgiving Hymn by Douglas Bond

Readers at my children’s books blog will know that one of our favorite authors is Douglas Bond. It has been a delight over the last several months to get to know Doug via email as we have prepared for his visit to Union as part of the Psalms Project. One of the things I appreciate […]

Pastor’s Self-Evaluation Questionnaire

I recently came across this “Pastor Self-Evaluation Questionnaire” thanks to a link from Steve McCoy. The questionnaire was written by Tim Keller and David Powlison. I have only looked it over so far, but it is a wonderful, searching tool. It opens citing 1 Timothy 4:16 where Paul calls Timothy to pay close attention to […]

Psalms Project at Union

I mentioned previously that with funding from a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship Union will host a series on the Psalms and Christian Worship. We now have finalized the schedule and speakers. In our chapel services (10:00 am) we will have the following speakers connected with the project: 2/18- John […]

Christmas and Missions

My friend Phil Eyster at Eagle Projects International just posted this photo sent to him from a friend in a Muslim country (you can see his comments at the blog). You can see the blood covering the streets after the Festival of Sacrifice last week. As we approach Christmas it is good to be reminded […]

Wedding Folder

Here is a basic practical post. When I first began doing weddings as a new pastor, one of the challenges was keeping up with my notes, the vows and the order of the ceremony. I tried putting the pages in my Bible but that did not work well. In the end I picked up an […]

Sammy and His Shepherd

Sammy and His Shepherd: Seeing Jesus in Psalm 23, by Susan Hunt Illustrated by Cory Godbey (Reformation Trust, 2008), hb., 50 pp. Ages 3-8 My family has appreciated Susan Hunt’s other books for children so I was excited to see this one. She works through the 23rd Psalm line by line, with each chapter illustrating […]