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What Did I Do That Really Mattered?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

This last Sunday I was able to worship at Irvine Presbyterian Church. As most of you know, I was the Senior Pastor there for sixteen years, from June 1991 through September 2007. This was only the third time I worshiped at Irvine Pres since I left there over a year ago.
It was great to be […]

My Comments on My Commenters

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

When I first began blogging over five years ago, I didn’t have an effective commenting feature on my blog. This was a result of my peculiar way of blogging. Unlike the vast majority of small people, I did not use an automated blogging service (Blogger, Typepad, Wordpress, etc.). Rather, I formatted my entire blog “by […]

The Inevitable, Ironic Pandemonium in Christmas Eve Worship

Monday, December 29th, 2008

This year my family and I joined a Christmas Eve worship service at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Burbank, California. My sister-in-law and her family are part of this church, so we joined them on Christmas Eve.
The service was quite fine. We sang several beloved Christmas carols, including: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Away in […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

God’s Perplexing Permission
READ Isaiah 63:1-19
 LORD, why have you allowed us to turn from your path?
Why have you given us stubborn hearts so we no longer fear you?
Return and help us, for we are your servants,
the tribes that are your special possession.
Isaiah 63:17
As the prophet looks upon the mess Israel made of its life, his […]

A Few More Christmas Images

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Adults like Christmas, but children love Christmas. During my family’s Christmas celebration, I had fun watching my youngest nephew, Brody. He’s two years old, and a lover of Christmas, naturally.

Brody examines his new bus closely.

Brody tries to destroy, uh, err, plays with my mom’s Christmas village.

The nativity set in front of our house in Texas. […]

Some Christmas Images

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Just for fun, here are some photos of Christmas celebrations.

Fireworks mark the conclusion of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

Santa shows up at my father-in-law’s house on Christmas Eve. We all loved it. Too bad my son, Nathan, wasn’t there, for some reason. Recently, he always seems to miss out on Santa’s visits.

My daughter enjoys […]

Happy Birthday to Jesus? The Date of Christmas

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Tomorrow is Christmas Day, the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. But is December 25th really Jesus’ birthday? Many people, including faithful Christians, skeptics, and scholars, answer this question in the negative. In fact, there are quite a few Christians who do not celebrate Christmas, in part because they believe that December 25 isn’t […]

Happy Birthday to . . . Still Not Jesus . . . But My Blog

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

My blog just celebrated its fifth birthday. My very first blog post appeared on December 22, 2003, at 3:42 p.m. It was called: “Review: The Da Vinci Code is Truly Fictional” and contained 483 words. There’s a bit of irony here, as my long-time blog readers know, because, later on, I put up well over […]

Happy Birthday to . . . Not Yet Jesus . . But Nathan!

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Yesterday was a watershed day in the Roberts family. My son, Nathan, turned sixteen! Yes, sixteen! Wow! It’s hard to believe.
On December 21, 1992, Nathan was born at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California. That was one of the most amazing and wonderful days of my life, matched only by the day a couple […]

My Favorite Christmas Tree

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

I’m a Christmas tree fanatic. I admit it. I love Christmas trees . . . their look, their feel, and their heavenly smell. So, as you can imagine, I’m not much into artificial trees, though I don’t criticize my friends who have sold out . . . um, well . . . decided to go […]

Just to Bug My Friends in California

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Here’s the next addition to my unusual bumper stickers series. This one is sure to bug my friends in California, who tend to think that Texas has too big an ego. (It’s ironic, really, because many of my anti-Texas friends in California are really rather prideful about their great state.) Anyway, I have freely admitted […]

Vote the Bible?

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Yesterday I put up a photo of a curious bumper sticker:

I noted that many people in America share this sentiment. I know people on both right and left of the political spectrum who really do want to “Vote the Bible.”
But, as I mentioned yesterday, this is easier said than done. I have friends who, a […]

If Only It Were That Clear

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Here’s the next installment in my unusual bumper sticker series. This one expresses a sentiment felt by many Americans. . . .

I’d say Amen to that, except, as a Presbyterian, I don’t say Amen to things.
But I do wonder what it really means to “Vote the Bible.” I think this is much easier said than […]

A Bumper Sticker You Don’t See Every Day

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

I’ve been noting some unusual bumper stickers recently. These are the sort you don’t see every day, not even in Texas. And you never see things like this in California, at least not in my experience.
So I thought I’d share some of my recent sightings with you. Here’s the first. Get ready to laugh, or […]

Police Blotter Update

Monday, December 15th, 2008

It’s been a while since I posted excerpts from the Boerne Star police blotter. Here are some of the highlights from the last few months:
July 25
30000 block of Fairway Vista, 8:05 p.m., Several residents reported two salesmen being pushy and aggressive while trying to sell educational books. Police spoke to the men and confirmed that […]
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