Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Mortgage rates plunged after the Federal Reserve announced that it would buy up to $500 billion of securitized home loans.Read more.
Jonathan Merritt writes about the shift in political thinking for young evangelicals
Excellent talk from Chris Seay at Q 2007 on consumerism. Check out some of the other talks while you're there.
One of my favorite all-time quotes, and one I need to be reminded of from time to time
Joe Boyd on what it means to be a pilgrim
Seth Godin's Tribes Q&A ebook is available for free download. I haven't read the book yet, but this makes me want to.
The Resurgence has the audio and video from their Shepherding a Child's Heart Conference available for download.
Final resource, I promise…Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost's new book, ReJesus, is out. You can download the intro and chapter 1 here.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I loved watching Adam's eyes light up as he ran to Santa, and I plan on taking him to see Santa at least five more times. We didn't do pictures this time, since it's been a few months since Adam had a haircut and he's getting the grunge look.
Anyway, that's not what I first intended to write. I wanted to write on the question I posed at the top: "What does Santa have to do with Christmas?" But since I've already written a bit, I'll just share a link with you. I'm a big fan of Ben Witherington's blog, and the following post was written last June. Here's an excerpt:
It is sometimes said that this celebration, and its mythology is not based in the Bible or anything historical or particularly Christian. Some go even further in arguing that Christmas is just an adaptation of the pagan Saturnalia, the reversal festival of the Romans which climaxed on and just after the winter solstice on Dec. 21. This latter claim is false, since Christmas has always been celebrated after the Saturnalia was already over, and in the case of the Orthodox church, long after the Saturnalia was over. But my concern in this post is with the man himself-- jolly ole St. Nick.
Whether you call him St. Nick (short for Nickolas) or Santa Claus ( a barbarization and abbreviation of Saint Nik Claus) we are indeed talking about a real Christian person, Nicholas of Myra.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Mark Batterson writes about Purple Cows
Jonathan Dodson has posted the material for Austin City Life's Partners Class
Matt Chandler on activities that stir up his affections for Christ and activities that rob his affections for Christ
The latest Catalyst Podcast features Dave Ramsey speaking about the economy. This is his talk from October's Catalyst conference. Here's a quote: Our current economic reality is "an artificial low driven by emotion."
From The Resurgence: Matt Chandler writes on the responsibility of being a dad. He says, "I find the fact that my sin directly affects my children to be mortifying."
Mark Driscoll's reflections on the election: "People are longing for Jesus, and tragically left voting for mere presidential candidates."
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Property owners will get their new appraisals in early 2009. Appraisals determine how much taxes homeowners and businesses pay. The difference between a house in Memphis appraised at $100,000 and one appraised at $200,000 is $1,822 a year in taxes.
The total value of assessed property in Shelby County, currently $16 billion, is called the tax base. If it shrinks, governments have two choices: cut spending or raise taxes.
Johnson, who took office in August, isn't saying whether the tax base will grow or shrink.
"I'm not ready to call it," Johnson said last week, after saying in an earlier interview that the tax base would probably be stable. The first people to get the news in January, she says, will be mayors Willie Herenton and A C Wharton.
Closer to the Start - New Creation from Fellowship Church on Vimeo.
I've been listening to this CD for the past couple of days. It's definitely in my top 5 of the year. Check out this video.
You can order the CD here. You can also download a free song!