Goodbye Bro. Chris/ Hello New Year!

It has been wonderful for our church these last three years or so, serving with Bro. Chris! We know God has a wonderful future for you in His calling. As you begin your teaching career, we will continue to pray God's blessings upon you, while we thank God for you and what you have meant to us here at Russell Springs Christian Church. But alas.....even good things come to an end. Bro. Chris, we wish you the very best our Lord can give you in the future. We are really excited about the future here at RSCC! Our Lord has blessed us with a plethora of opportunities to serve in His vineyard in the coming year. It's like being children on Christmas morning! Only opening the packages of time will r

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

The title of this post comes from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and constitutes the last words the dolphins had for humanity prior to the destruction of Earth. (It was later the title of another novel in that series as well.) I've always appreciated it as a whimsical way to say goodbye that generally leaves the other person with a sense of "Whuh?" and that's where I want to leave things with you here, on my final blog post for Russell Springs Christian Church. This is post number 315 by my hand, by my best count, which really isn't a bad total. I'm sure someone, be it Bro. Don, the incoming interim minister, or another writer, will carry on here. I want to thank you all for reading my

Tears among Tinsel

Christmas is a happy time, a glad time, for the majority of us. Some, though, face the holiday without a loved one for the first time; indeed, many, many families will see the death of a loved one on Christmas Day itself. We do well to think of such as these with compassion this holiday. The birth of Christ was attended by such sorrow and loss. Matthew 2:16-18 records the murder of children by Herod in his attempt to destroy the infant Jesus. Church tradition in the East holds 14,000 boys under the age of two were brutally murdered by the mad king. We call these the Holy Innocents, and they are occasionally held up as the first Christian martyrs, the first people to ever die for Jesus Christ

Hark Hark Hark

Probably my favorite Christmas carol is "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." It may not be about an angel named Harold who fancied himself a world-class tenor, but I quite like it anyway. Why do I like it? One, I can actually sing it most days (a rarity for Christmas carols for me), and two, like most things I enjoy, it makes me think. Few carols, to me, carry the theological weight of "Hark!" Take this part of the first verse: "God and sinners reconciled." Or this from the second: "Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; / Hail th'incarnate Deity." And consider my favorite line, coming in the third verse: "Mild He lays His glory by / Born that Man no more may die," followed by, "Born to raise the sons

Ordinary Things

Hanging of the Greens is over, the Christmas play is over, and now we're back to ordinary things. Well, ordinary for Christmastime, I suppose, but ordinary nonetheless. I'd wager most of us are tired -- we've had a long couple of weeks -- and we're grateful for the return to routine. There is a great beauty in the ordinary. Think of it like food: no one could stomach only cake 24/7 or a steady diet of only extremely spicy foods. They're nice for a treat, to be sure, but they would become problematic if they were everyday, commonplace things. The same goes for much of life, I feel. We find comfort in our own homes, in our own beds, surrounded by our own things. Ordinary brings peace and beaut

Futuristic

There seem to be three main approaches to the future. First are the people who are terrified of it, and so they do their best to predict it. Knowing the future is something mankind has tried to do for millennia, as the Greek oracles and biblical prohibitions against divination make clear. True, such knowledge would make planning easier, but I feel it would also just increase anxiety. Second are those who don't particularly care about the future and live simply for the now. To be fair, not everyone with this perspective has it by choice; it's hard to plan ten years down the road when you have to worry where your next meal is coming from today. Finally, there are those who, rather than being w

Playacting

Our Christmas play will be here on Sunday, and even though I don't know what it's about this year, I'm excited! Everything always comes together to have a great play every year, and I know everyone's been hard at work to make it a great service one more time. We're not alone, of course; churches the world over will be putting on pageants, plays, musicals, dramas, whatever you want to call them. Christmas seems to bring out the actor in all of us (or maybe it's just the directors who do that). It's fitting we celebrate the Incarnation -- God becoming man -- by becoming other people on stage. The Nativity play is the most appropriate, of course, but there's nothing wrong with any play that bri

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