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Advent prepares us for something more than Christmas Day. It prepares us for another Day. What the New Testament will often simply describe as The Day.

Advent, with all its Prophets, prepares us year after year to become more able to survive that day.

A while back I thought of working towards a plugin for theologians/biblical scholars to solve the religious illiteracy of most spell-checkers.

I was reminded of this moments ago, when “reigneth” was tagged as misspelled.

Technology has yet to solve the three great problems.

  1. Human Evil
  2. Human Suffering
  3. Death

Billy Graham speaking at the conclusion of a TED Conference in 1998.

Episode 2 of Piety & Paideia is now available, on the topic of Narration.

This video of Andy Crouch on tools vs. devices is worth your time.

Bring on the Apocalypse (a Sermon excerpt)

Look at the parody of justice we find in John 18. Jesus, the one who created all things, standing before Pilate. The King of Kings being interrogated by a Roman regional governor.

“Are you the King of the Jews?” Pilate asks.

“My Kingdom is not like yours,” Jesus answers.

Hours later in time, and a chapter later in John’s gospel, as Jesus is being crucified, Pilate will order a sign to be placed above Jesus’ head. The sign reads “The King of the Jews” and it is written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.

Someone in the crowd challenges Pilate on this front. “Shouldn’t the sign say ‘this man said he was the King of the Jews?”

Pilate answers, “What I have written I have written.”

In the 19th chapter of John’s Gospel, we see Jesus bear the title “King of the Jews” as he is crucified.

But in the 19th chapter of John’s Apocalypse, we see a different vision of Jesus. The curtain is peeled back, and this time Jesus bears another title. Jesus returns to Jerusalem, not riding on a Donkey but on a Horse, and on his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

An excerpt from my Christ the King Sermon last week. Listen or watch here: Bring on the Apocalypse.

Sermon: Bring on the Apocalypse

Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, TX. November 25, 2018

I kept an author page on Facebook after deleting my profile a few months back. It is a helpful place to share updates/promote upcoming events.

But there are no signs that Facebook will become any less invasive or careful with personal data.

I think I’m done with FB entirely.

Problem: I wanted to ride my bike to church, but I needed to review my sermon a few more times before services began.

Solution: Bike + public transportation.

A short family bike ride in Austin before heading back home to Dallas this evening. Austin certainly has its fair share of free outdoor family fun options.