So, at this point if we’ve been going to church, Bible studies, school, and ballet we’ve totally had COVID, right? We’ve been sick a few times, but always tested negative. 3/5 are vaxed, so I assume we just had false negatives. 🤷‍♂️

”That boy that I like looks like Oliver, but I still like him.”

—Rosemary Arnold

(Oliver is her brother.)

Oliver: “Alexa, play Street Sweeper by Blippi.”

Alexa: “Playing Sweet Stripper.”

This ATS survey is difficult. It’s like, for an Anglican, pretty darn conservative. From a Baptist or Evangelical perspective? Moderate to progressive?

How, after over a decade in Nashville, am I just now finding out about AM 760, The Gospel?!?! Gospel music and good preaching? For free! On the radio?!?

Okay, hive mind. Wife and I trying to cut out pre-packaged lunches. What are some healthy lunches that have no prep or can be prepped in advance?

I was surprised to see this because I assumed with all the info she collects on me that Alexa knew I worked from home.

Wow. Just heard a country song at the Walgreens that sounds like a Pelagian creed. It rolls of a bunch of “I believes”, one of which is “I believe most people are good.” Yikes!

Merry Christmas! 🌟 👼 👼 👼 🐑 🐑 👶🏻 May the next twelve days be full of the wonder and joy of God becoming man for our sake.

Can it get more 🔥 🔥 🔥 than Revelation 16 followed by the Benedictus? — God judges our sin and pours his wrath upon injustice. This is good news!

Nothing to see here. Move along. Just a grown man tearing up at cartoon farm animals kneeling before Jesus. — The Star gets me every time!

Y’all, if you’re working with Postgres pgMustard is a must. It’s taught me so much about how Postgres works while helping me tune some pretty important queries. Worth every Euro cent!

Hope in Eye of the “Christmas” Storm

In the midst of an anxious world building towards a consumeristic feast of sentimentality that cannot be achieved and will only disappoint, I’m thankful to rest in Advent. No performances for elves on shelves. No stress at making myself or the world around me into a Hallmark movie. In Advent, I stand before a God who knows more about me than one can see from a shelf and still loves me the same. I stand before a God who will come whether it snows or not. I rejoice knowing that outside of my works, my mood, my decorations (or lack thereof), my baptism is sufficient. Christ will come again despite our best efforts. Justice will reign. Wrongs will be righted. I am declared righteous in his precious blood. God is not a feeling, a sentiment, or something to be earned; God is reality.

In the hustle and bustle of a world that must work to make “Christmas” happen, I sit in Advent hope with a God who is patiently preparing me for the kingdom that already is and will someday be. In the eye of the secular Christmas storm, I hopefully wait with my God in Advent.

The New Jerusalem looks like it’ll be pretty lit.

Happy New Year! May your Advent be full of grace and hope as we reflect on our Lord’s return! 🕯

“Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, but not into the hands of men; for as his majesty is, so also is his mercy. "

Christmas is primarily not a birthday celebration. During Christmas we stand in awe that God the Son became a man for our sake. If Christmas is to invade Trinitytide and Advent, it can at least be a reflection on the Incarnation and not pagan Yule with a sprinkling of Jesus.

The answer is “no.” No journal could possibly make you a saint.