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I first saw this video on Lars Rood’s Blog, and since I love U2, I loved this.  I checked out more vids and watched the original Greg Lake video also.  Both versions are really powerful, I think, and I love the U2 one just because it rocks, like U2 does (I hope, however, not to take away from Greg Lakes version cause it’s really powerful).   Just thought I would post these vids.

and Greg Lake’s

till trying to figure out one of those last lines

Hallelujah, Noel,

be it heaven or hell

at Christmas we get what we deserve

I get the point Greg lake make’s (which I think U2 echoes), but my big question is what about those who don’t get what they reserve.  what about those who get dumped on, or get used abused by different things and people. just wondering about that.

The other night I threw together a slideshow to Switchfoot’s American Dream. The video is nothing special, I literally made it as fast as possible, but hopefully it spurs some on to something more.

Wanted to show our card to those whose address we may not have. Anyway, the card isn’t pro, I used Keynote as a sort-of jimi-rig photoshop elements, but from the Groves, with aloha.

christmas-card001

So I was perusing my google reader this morning when I checked out our favorite New Testament Scholar’s Blog. The guy is Ben Witherington III and he is absolutely a genius in terms of New Testament studies and he is one of those scholars who applies these studies to  and for faith, not just purely for the purpose of studying.  Anyway, Annie and I love his work and I recently found his blog, where we found this gem of a video.

I feel bad for them but this is funny in so many ways

Advent is upon us.  I grew up participating in a non-liturgical church, and so I didn’t really get into or understand the idea of Advent until I made it to Bel Air Presbyterian in LA.  I love the idea and liturgy of Advent.  Looking in the dictionary, the first definition of the word is not a strictly Christian one but refers to the arrival of a notable person, thing or event ( the non-christian definitions in dictionaries are often most helpful in understanding the meaning of the Christian sense of the word).  How true is this celebration.  We don’t merely reserve a single day to celebrate Emmanuel (God With Us)  we set aside a whole season, including four Sundays to celebrate.  So on this second Sunday of Advent, we remember the coming Son of Man and we recall scripture and celebrate,

The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  It is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”—
“a voice of one calling in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’ “

grace and peace to you,

Make straight the paths, prepare the way of the Lord

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