1. This internet train station will get you to some of the more interesting and fun parts of the web.
  2. Help for those who have a hard time telling people about Jesus.
  3. What does it take to develop your own ideas/style/taste? Answers from the world of watercolor.
  1. Tucson 1: Wow. This photo of Adam Sandler playing basketball at the McKale Center is amazing.
  2. Tucson 2: A video of a coyote howling on top a Mustang went viral this week. It’s cool. Next time, make the Mustang a horse instead of a car.
  3. Honoring the “Weaker Vessel”: explanation and advice

I Rode El Burrito Sabanero All December: 5 Things I Learned

Early in December I was eating breakfast at Seis, and they were playing Spanish-language Christmas music in the restaurant. Some songs I recognized from English versions, some I didn’t, but I loved almost all of them instantly. An employee told me the music was from an online stream. So after I left, I found something similar on Apple Music and started my journey. A few weeks later, here’s what I know.

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If you’re looking for a good commentary on Revelation, you already have one if you have an ESV Study Bible. The notes on Revelation are written by Dr. Dennis E. Johnson, former NT Professor at Westminster Seminary California and author of Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation.

Pagan Prophesy Watchers: Sources to Go Further

For my last sermon in the Jesus and His World Series, I preached about the magi yesterday and spoke about Jesus and his relationship to magic. Please give it a listen and also check out the following resources to go further.

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The bats were out at sunset doing BMX tricks. So cool. The artist is Stephen Fairfield. 🚲

Public art of bats riding bikes

πŸ”— 55 years ago today, Tucson’s Frank Borman saw ‘Earthrise’

As they circled the moon, they read from the Book of Genesis in a live telecast from the orbiter:

β€œIn the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.”

Borman ended the broadcast with, β€œAnd from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you β€” all of you on the good Earth.”

  1. Music: The Incomparable Bola Sete by Bola Sete.
  2. Learn about Theo Global. I’m excited to see what they do in 2024.
  3. AI hallucinations are not a problem. (Via Tyler Cowen)
  4. Fredx3: 18 Theses on the Father and the Son
checking Christmas lights

We haven’t gone full Winterhaven yet, but the new Christmas lights we got from Costco are working great, and we love all the decorations in our neighborhood.

Covenant Name Confusion

πŸš‚ This is entry 3 of the blogtrain The Covenants of God.

Think of all the names you have. Or all the names you call your pet. The covenants in the Bible have lots of nicknames too. The Covenant of Works, for example, is also called Covenant of Life, Covenant of Creation, and First Covenant.

Why so many names?

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Listening to Navidades: Luis Miguel. What a singer! If only the album cover had less cheese rizz. 🎡

The Covenant of Redemption

πŸš‚ This is entry 2 of the blogtrain The Covenants of God.

AKA: pactum salutis, foedus redemptionis

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Some Books on the History, Shape, and Reliability of the Bible

I enjoyed today’s book discussion on Scribes and Scriptures by John D. Meade and Peter J. Gurry. Scribes and Scriptures is an informative book that balances the material well and presents it a logical order.

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Some Books I'm Using for 1st Century Background

Through this December, I’m preaching a series called Jesus and His World. I’m focusing on some of the different groups in Jesus’ world that the gospels highlight and what implications this has for today.

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The Covenants of God: Introduction

πŸš‚ This is entry 1 of the blogtrain The Covenants of God.

What is a covenant? A covenant is a solemn promise that establishes a relationship.

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How Henry Kissinger Mentored Chris Christie on Foreign Policy

Chris Christie explains how of their sessions worked in his recent interview on The Dispatch Podcast.

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Goofy door face

Something that looks like a face on the inside of a car door

My wife found this crazy guy on the inside of our car door. Here are 3 other things I’d like to share.

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Do you pay Arizona State taxes? You can help our family BIG time.

Because of the Arizona Tax Credit benefits, you can help us afford our kids' school tuition with no financial loss to you. Here’s how:

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Is Bach the greatest achiever of all time? He’s certainly one of the most inspiring.

My daughter Clara and I had a blast yesterday making this Thanksgiving rap video!