Blog Archives: November 2010

You’re Inviting Me To Church?

November 29, 2010
“You’re inviting me to church? No one has done that in 20 years! Of course. I’d love to come.” And she did, three years ago, to our very first “Lessons and Carols--Advent Service.” People stay away from church for many reasons, but I have been surprised to learn over the years here in the Bay Area that one of the main reasons that people do not darken the door is that they have never been invited! Most of your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues are not Christian, and probably do not spend much time talking about Christianity, but many ...

Christmas time is here...well, not quite

November 24, 2010
Between 1887 and 1890, French composer Gabriel Fauré scored his Requiem in D minor, a choral-orchestral setting of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead.  The opening movement (“Introit”) reads as follows:  Requiem aeternam, dona eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat, luceat eis. (Grant them eternal rest, grant them rest, Lord, and perpetual light shine on them, down upon them.) *loose translation to modern English* Now this has nothing to do with Christmas or Advent whatsoever, except that I have chosen it to begin our Lessons & Carols service ...

Nike Shox Shoes and Christianity by Scotty Smith

November 02, 2010
  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… Hebrews 12:1-2 Lord Jesus, it’s the day after Halloween and on the ancient church calendar, this is the day many refer to as “All Saints Day”—a time for remembering extraordinary brothers and sisters in Christ—those who have gone on before us into heaven, ...

Imagine There's No Heaven--It's Easy If You Try

November 01, 2010
My first and fourth grader will be serenading us with John Lennon’s words at their Oakland Youth Chorus Recital in December. They began learning this song the other day, and subsequently, we had a conversation about it over dinner. “Dad, what if there were no heaven?” “What if there were no religion, too?” “Would we still live together as a brotherhood of man?” (Okay, I threw the last one in of my own volition.) What do you do as a parent who knows that his kids will be singing this song with two hundred other kids, each with smiles plastered ...