Thursday, December 25, 2008

He has come...

Christmas day! We celebrate His coming, that's the meaning of "advent" - coming. The sun rises everyday, but there is something special about the coming of the sun on Christmas morning. As the light peeked over the mountain tops this morning I was quickly reminded of the humble coming in the manger, but also the rightful splendor of the second coming. So today we celebrate Christ's coming, the already and the not yet. Advent as a church calendar season comes to a close, but our life of advent continues as we watch for the light of Christ coming again into the world, The King of kings!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

into the wilderness...

There is a crazy thing about nature that can put you in your place and open your eyes to a much deeper reality. This past weekend, Keith Jagger and I set out to camp in the Smokey Mountains National Park. There were cold nights and windy days and nights, but that only added to the adventure. As we were hiking on Sunday we both came to realize how easily and quickly we forget that these majestic places even exist. Out of sight out of mind I guess, but for 365 days a year in all kinds of weather the wilderness around our busy, day to day driven lives stays right where we last left it, if we've found it at all, waiting for us to find it. In finding it, we can be reminded of our place in the created order and left in awe. I hope these pictures might speak more than what I've attempted to write down here... Have a look.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

think inside the box...

Through this season we're partnering with our local IFC Community Kitchen to help provide food for the people in our town who need it most. Check it out:

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oh yeah and check out Matt's blog - something about free hot chocolate at UNC?

Give some LOVE this Christmas Season!