2007 was balanced with its share of serious and not so serious entries--critical analysis and light hearted humor. This year the blog gained a few more readers and comments. This site isn't a heavy weight in terms of traffic, but I've certainly enjoyed writing and reflecting here with you.
The purpose of God is that we'd live out his story, or "biblios," the Greek word for book-Bible. May the entries on this blog encourage you to live out God's story!
Favorite Posts of 2007
- How well do you know the master? A story. This really hit me between the eyes.
- R.I.P Joe Nuxhall (1928-2007)-- You hear the voices of your youth forever.
- Kids Joke-- Wow. I actually made up a joke.
- "My" beliefs among "our" beliefs-- What happens when personal faith mingles with the personal faith of others in a denomination.
- Kathy Griffin un-thanks Jesus-- Does God laugh when comedians slander Jesus?
- Wounding the Wound-- Sometimes, a problem needs to get worse in order to get better.
- Why Jesus tells parables-- A story that explains Jesus' use of stories.
- How to witness without really witnessing-- Stories are a great way to share your faith.
- Parable of Wesley's Quadrilateral-- What happens when Biblical truth is no longer the first and final authority.
- Six word stories-- "This story starts with six words..."
- A song about Jesus to the tune of B-I-N-G-O-- An original composition.
- Choking the life out of the gospel-- The day I heard a real live Pharisee and got mad.
- What is success?-- The world's version isn't God's definition.
- Ascension balloons--The evangelical church needs to focus more on Jesus' ascension.
- When our eyes cheat us-- Sometimes, the sight of suffering blinds us to its meaning and purpose.
- The hidden advantage of taking a parenting class-- This is funny.
Posts with Most Hits in 2007
- Rev. Barry Lynn's Liberal Silence-- Lynn and his AU organization rails against evangelical behavior in politics, but conveniently, Rev. Lynn ignores religious liberals doing the same, or worse.
- Crow-ing about Toilet Paper-- My parody piece in response to pop-rock singer Sheryl Crow's suggestion that everyone use only one sheet of toilet paper in order to help save the planet from global warming.
- Bible verses in Matt Redman's "You Never Let Go"-- Lots of direct and indirect Bible references in this great song.
Articles Written for UCCtruths in 2007
- Sacred Space as Public Space-- Sometimes, church buildings get used irresponsibly.
- A Kingdom Right Here on Earth-- Analysis of Barack Obama's religious rhetoric on the campaign trail
- $85,000-- What a small church needs each year to keep going.
- May Israel Defend Itself?-- A UCC executive won't say.
Blog Highlights from the Year 2007
- The battle we face-- spiritual warfare explained in everyday language.
- The problem of wisdom in 1 Corinthians 4, how Paul handled the problem, and how 1 Corinthians 4 applies to our lives today.
- Three tenses of our salvation-- The Bible speaks of salvation as a past completed work, a current ongoing work, and a work to be completed in the future.
- A sermon about sleeping. Too often preachers neglect the fact that we're humans with real physical needs. You will spend about 1/3 of your life sleeping. So why haven't you heard a sermon about that?
- This sermon is on vacation. Are vacations spiritual? Sure are.
- I went 650 feet underground. The Kansas Underground Museum is a real treat to visit. Unfortunately, it's really struggled since opening. Go and visit! It's great.
- What I saw in the night sky. Clear summer nights in Kansas are awesome.
- A funny DDA prayer. the joys of working with the disabled at summer camp.
- Presidential candidate and United Church of Christ member Barack Obama believes religious conviction should inform and motivate one's political action. An analysis of Obama's foundational speech at the United Church of Christ General Synod. Parts one, two, and three, and four.
- Purpose statements of Jesus, purpose statements of the Apostle Paul, and biblical purpose statements for you and me.
- Douglas Wilson replies to atheist Christopher Hitchens and his book, "God Is Not Great." While Wilson has much to say, he starts by answering Hitchens with just one word.
- Mothers of grace. Thoughts from Mother's Day.
- Greensburg, Kansas is flattened by a tornado. It's quickly apparent though that the town is filled with dedicated and sacrificial people, something that President Bush sees when he visits.
- The Little River Congregational Church formally joins Faithful & Welcoming Churches, a renewal movement within the United Church of Christ.
- The Gospel of Thomas compared to the Gospels, followed by a critique that shows Thomas doesn't reveal much about Jesus compared to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
- Hell of a statement. The doctrine of hell has fallen on hard times.
- A baptized imagination. When our thoughts are immersed in the Lord.
- Conversation with a cologne bottle. The insanity of marketing exposed.
- Theology growing up. How I came to believe that the end of God's program is not heaven in the sky, but heaven on earth in a renewed creation.
- Generational blind spots. An excellent guest column by FWC President Bob Thompson about the ways Christians in each generation seem blind to obvious biblical truth.
- Pictures of Phil Keaggy in Wichita. What an amazing guitarist.