Monthly Archives: December 2010

On Explaining Immaculate Conception to an Eight-Year-Old

Since we just finished reading “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” (the best children’s-chapter-book-with-a-Christmas theme ever!) , we decided to pull out some of our dearly beloved picture books for bedtime reading tonight. I chose my FA-A-A-A-vorite: The Nativity- retold by Juliana Bragg … Continue reading

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Sunday Smorgasbord

Christmas-related Links: The real story behind Santa Five things you didn’t know about the Magi Really interesting (borderline geekish) research about the star of Bethlehem (I’ve watched the DVD–it’s really good, especially if you like science) An interesting article about … Continue reading

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The Great Santa Debate

**Warning: Hot Topic Ahead** The photo taken by Grzegorz Łobiński for MerryRibbon eCards. Shared under a  Creative Commons license.   We do Santa at our house. There. I said it. Feel free to throw stones or think I’m a horrible Christian. … Continue reading

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Insights From “Outlive Your Life”

I’m not one of those die-hard Max Lucado fans, but I did want to read his latest, “Outlive Your Life,” so I picked it up at our church library. Much like “The Hole in the Gospel” and “Radical,” he challenges … Continue reading

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Mama Musings: Great Gifts from Shutterfly

For the past 6 years, I have been using Shutterfly to create personalized gifts for my family. When Michelle and others spread the word that Shutterfly was giving 50 free Christmas cards for bloggers, I had to sign up! For five years I had … Continue reading

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Letter From a Compassion Pastor

This week, I received an unexpected letter in the mail all the way from Tanzania. No, we haven’t heard from Happyness yet, but we did receive a letter from Pastor Tertio Mbise who oversees the Child Development Center that she attends! We learned a … Continue reading

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Christmas – Love = ?

Words for thought during this busy holiday season…  I <3 Candy Canes by JD Hancock via Creative Commons license   If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show … Continue reading

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Sunday Smorgasbord

Ideas for Christmas Celebrations: This Christmas Quiz has always been a hit at our youth group Christmas parties. Some of the questions are tricky, but it makes you think about what is really in the Bible and what is tradition. … Continue reading

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I’m Going to Read the Bible in 90 Days…Join Me!

I’m a reader. A book junkie. I have a degree in Library Media, for crying out loud. Recently, a bunch of my fellow book nerds on Facebook were passing around a list that the BBC had declared to be the … Continue reading

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Christmas Gifts That Keep Giving

Image Credit: mmlolek Tired of giving junk that ends up in trash cans and garage sales for Christmas? Want to give a gift that outlives Aunt Jo’s fruitcake? Behold….The List of Gifts that Give Back! I love, love, LOVE the … Continue reading

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