- Yes, I'm on Facebook. Yes, I'd be happy to be your friend. No, I don't want to help you build a dungeon in Merlin's Castle.
- The Great Recession is causing some changes here in the Oregon Conference: they're talking about a 5% cut in pay for pastors and teachers, and maybe even no campmeeting . . . but no, I'm not seeing anything that looks like The End of Life as We Know It, or even The Beginning of Something New. Question: what kind of changes are you seeing in your Conference because of the economy -- and what kind of changes would you like to see?.
- Just in case you decided to preach this year's Christmas sermon on December 26 -- no doubt you've read the news article that proclaims "first Jesus-era house located in Nazareth." And if you click on the "preview" page of Bible Study Magazine, you can read a pretty nifty article about the archaeological background to "Away in a Manger." (h/t to Monte Sahlin.)
- And as I usually do this time of year, I'll close with this quote from the journal of Captain William Clark. Writing from Fort Clatsop on Christmas Day in 1805, he said:
at day light morning we we[re] awoke by the discharge of the fire arm of all our party & a Selute, Shoute and a Song which the whole party joined in under our windows, after which they retired to their rooms were Chearfull all the morning -- after breakfast we divided our Tobacco which amounted to 12 carrots one half of which we gave to the men of the party who used tobacco, and to those who doe not use it we make a present of a handkerchief. The Indians leave us in the evening all the party Snugly fixed in their huts.And that is my Christmas wish for you -- that you may find time that day for "a Selute, [a] Shoute and a Song," and that you might end it "all Snugly fixed in [your] huts."