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Thoughtfully Christian Reflections? Part 3

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

When I talk about offering thoughtfully Christian reflections in this blog, I don’t mean to suggest that I’m the only one who seeks to do this. In fact, others who contribute to the Beliefnet blog conversation do this very thing (see, for example, Scott McKnight’s Jesus Creed or Ben Witherington’s The Bible and Culture). But […]

Thoughtfully Christian Reflections? Part 2

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Yesterday, I began explaining the subtitle for my Beliefnet blog: “Thoughtfully Christian Reflections on Jesus, the Church, and the World.” Here’s the executive summary: In this blog, I will write “reflections” that are not polished treatises so much as “ponderings, musings, and ruminations.” I will write as a Christian, that is, one who looks upon […]

Thoughtfully Christian Reflections?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

When people see the main title of my blog, “Mark D. Roberts,” they pretty quickly figure out that this is my name. I admit that it’s not a very catchy title for a blog, but it’s the one I chose when I started blogging in 2003 and so it has become my “brand,” if you […]

My Blog Has Moved!

Monday, April 26th, 2010

As of today, my blog will “live” at a new address:
My website,, will continue to exist, with all the resources it contains (more than six years of blogging, plus sermons, etc.). But my daily blogging will now be found at Beliefnet.
Why have I made this change? Simply stated, moving my blog to […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

The Lord Is for Me
READ Psalm 118:1-29
The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?
Psalm 118:6
Psalm 118 was written in the context of hostility. The unnamed psalm writer was facing threats from his enemies, who hated him and sought to kill him. But the Lord rescued […]


Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Texans love their bluebonnets, and I can see why. This year, with lots of rain in the Hill Country, we’re enjoying a parade of bluebonnets, though I’ve been told that they can be even better than this.
Bluebonnets are, in fact, in the Lupin family (Lupinis). The Lupinis texenis is the favorite of Texans, though any […]

What’s Your Favorite Chocolate?

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Yesterday I blogged on what I believe to be the best chocolate in the world. Now I realize that judgments likes this are rather subjective. And I’d be more than happy to be introduced to an even better chocolate!
So, chocolate lovers of the blogosphere, what is your favorite chocolate? Why? Where can I get some?
Leave […]

The Best Chocolate in the World?

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I am a chocolate fan. You might even say I’m a chocoholic, expect I try hard to eat chocolate in moderation. Some of my favorite chocolates come from Europe (Valrhona) and South America (Chuao), but I think the best chocolate I have ever tasted comes from San Francisco, California.
No, I’m not thinking about Ghirardelli, which […]

Things You Don’t See Every Day . . .

Monday, April 19th, 2010

On a recent trip to California, where I was speaking at a retreat at Mt. Hermon Christian Conference Center, I saw a couple of unusual sights.
The first was a Banana Slug. If you haven’t seen one of these before, you can guess the origin of its name. Three different species of the Banana Slug inhabit […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving
READ Psalm 116:1-19
I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the LORD.
Psalm 116:17
Psalm 116 celebrates God’s goodness. The psalmist has experienced God’s grace in manifold expressions. God has heard his prayers (116:1). God delivered him from death (116:3-6), guided his steps (116:8-9), and freed him from […]

Evangelism and Social Justice: Newest Cross Examinations Discussion Posted

Friday, April 16th, 2010

The second installment of the Cross Examinations conversation has just been posted at The latest question is:
“The nature and import of social justice ministry has been attacked and debated frequently in recent weeks.  To approach the issue constructively: what exactly IS the proper relationship between evangelistic and social justice ministries?”
Once again, a diverse […]

A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why? Part 4

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

So for in this series I’ve described the worship service I attended last month at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. I also examined the sermon preached by Tim Keller. If you read these posts, you know that I have been complimentary of both the worship service and the sermon. But you also know […]

A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why? Part 3

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

In yesterday’s post I began to describe my experience of Tim Keller’s preaching at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Today I’ll give a summary of the sermon I heard, along with some observations.
The sermon I heard on March 14, 2010 was called “An Everlasting Name.” It was based on Isaiah 56:1-8, a passage […]

A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why? Part 2

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I began a short series in response to a spring-break trip to New York City, in which my family and I visited Redeemer Presbyterian Church. As I explained in my first blog post in this series, Redeemer is an exceptional church in many ways. It has received plenty of attention […]

Sure Signs of Spring at Laity Lodge

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Here are some sure signs of spring at Laity Lodge. I took this photos this past weekend.

Laity Lodge along the Frio River

Claret Cup Cactus (sometimes called Hedgehog Cactus)

Swallowtail butterfly on a Praire Verbena (sometimes called Dakota Vervain)

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