Happy New Year!
Just a few notes today on this first day of 2018…
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Here’s a new favorite quote, and a good one to start 2018:
“Piety, piety, but where is the love that moves mountains?”
• Sister Maria Skobstova
Read about Sister Maria in this article in Plough.
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A few favorites from 2017:
Favorite books I read:
- Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
- Michael J. Gorman, Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology
- Eugene Peterson, As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God
- Greg Boyd, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Volumes 1 & 2
Favorite music I listened to:
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The Mercers are moving! We sold our historic home and are moving to the country. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be packing, loading and unloading, and getting settled into a new place about fifteen miles away, out from town and close to the church where I’ve been preaching on Sundays.
That may mean that original material may be a bit rare for the first part of 2018, except for Mike the Geologist’s Faith and Science posts, Dan’s Saturday Brunches, and perhaps a few guest authors.
As for me, ibuprofen is and will be my best friend for awhile, but we are looking forward to the change and the adventure of a new home!
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Let us now pray for God’s blessing in the new year.
Remember us, O God;
from age to age be our comforter.
You have given us the wonder of time,
blessings in days and nights, seasons and years.
Bless your children at the turning of the year
and fill the months ahead with the bright hope
that is ours in the coming of Christ.
You are our God, living and reigning, forever and ever.