Christmas Stories in the Bible Part 3

“In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son …” In these opening words the author of Hebrews begins one of the richest theological writings in the entire Bible. Hebrews does not have much to sayContinue reading “Christmas Stories in the Bible Part 3”

Christmas Stories in the Bible, Part 2

Paul has the clearest “Christmas story” in Galatians 4:4-5, but he mentions snippets of the story in six other letters, Romans, 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Timothy, and 2 Timothy. In this post I’ll cover all of these together topically. Messiah. Paul’s most common addition to the name Jesus is “Christ,” the Greek version ofContinue reading “Christmas Stories in the Bible, Part 2”

Christmas Stories in the Bible, Part 1

Every Christmas growing up, the only two stories I normally heard during Christmas were the accounts of Jesus’s birth in Matthew 1 and Luke 2. Sometimes Luke 1 was included with Zechariah, Elizabeth, and Mary. That was it, unless we heard Handel’s Messiah. Over the years I have discovered that the story of the Messiah’sContinue reading “Christmas Stories in the Bible, Part 1”

Glorious Mistakes

Over the years of going to the workshop to design, cut, plane, straighten, drill and mortise, rout, sand, glue, assemble, and finish whatever project I am working on, I virtually always make a mistake or have an unfortunate slip-up in the process. With wood this eventuality is inevitable in the non-production home shop, at leastContinue reading “Glorious Mistakes”

The Joy of Paddling

One of my fondest memories of Boy Scouts were our canoe trips. The Kinchafoonee Creek near Albany was a local canoe outing and swimming spot for us, but two other trips were particularly memorable. The first was a “fifty-miler,” a trip taken over several days of hiking or paddling that covered at least (you guessedContinue reading “The Joy of Paddling”

A Time to Read

Some of my fondest memories of growing up in Albany, Georgia, were the frequent trips to the neighborhood library just across the the street from Sherwood Baptist Church and Sherwood Elementary school. All three were only blocks away from my house on Sharon Avenue, so I could easily hop on my bike and be thereContinue reading “A Time to Read”

A Georgia Peach in California

Until I was 22 years old, I lived in three states. I was born in Alabama, started elementary school in South Carolina, and then moved to Albany, Georgia, where I lived until going off to college at 18 years old (in Georgia and Alabama). One of the products all three states are known for isContinue reading “A Georgia Peach in California”