As the New Year begins, we may first look back...
Over at AnotherThink, watching an old video featuring himself seems to have set my friend Charles Lehardy to ponder history. He writes:
"Time is motion; history is distance. Day after day, the sun and the stars crawl across the heavens with the passage of time. Or, so it seems. In fact, we are the ones moving, careening through time, space and history like a rocket on ice..."
Now please go read the rest of this lovely post titled In Retrospect.
The 103rd Christian Carnival--the first in New Year 2006-- is now up at Miserere Mei. I missed getting a post into this one, but you can always find interesting readings at the Carnival, even when they're not written by me ;).
Roger Overton, an A-Team blogger, has launched a new blog site called Never Enough Lewis, which will feature his ongoing reflections regarding the works of the great writer and Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis. I met Roger at GodblogCon 2005 and he struck me as quite an affable fellow. It seems he is also quite ambitious: with an undergrad degree from Cal State Long Beach in Religious Studies already under his belt, he is currently working on a Masters in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the Talbot School of Theology. He says he’ll also be adding on a degree in Bible exposition, so he can learn Greek and Hebrew. Very impressive!
Well, as he says, one can never have enough Lewis. May your blog be fruitful and prosper, Roger!
And, we look forward...
One of my favorite bloggers, Dan Edelen, has written a terrific exhortation to the Christian blogging community (addressed both to those who read blogs and those who write them). In The Godblogosphere's Black Hole, Dan writes:
"Let's stop one-upping each other so we can prove who's right and who's wrong. Instead, why not make 2006 the year that we Godbloggers united in the name of Jesus to make a difference in our neighborhoods, cities, states, countries and eventually the world?".
This is a good word for 2006, brother. Amen.
Also looking forward is Steve Camp, whose brother went home to be with the Lord recently. This event prompted Mr. Camp to reprint an earlier article titled A Living Hope. Steve reminds us that for the Christian, "hope" is a very solid word, because it does not mean merely wishing something will turn out the way we desire it to, but it means having a solid conviction in the promises of God as both a present, and a future, reality. This trusting in God's word, coupled with abiding in His living presence, thus becomes an "anchor for the soul" (Hebrews 6:19).
Steve quotes 1 Peter 1:3-5:
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected (kept) by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."
This powerful article reminds of that the living hope we have been given is something the world cannot give, but we must learn to savor and live in the great truths of Scripture in order to make them effectual and beneficial to us.
And Phil Dillon, Prairie apologist of Another Man's Meat is also Looking Forward. Phil sees a time ahead "when the dreams of the prophets will be realized" and says that "when that new day dawns, the cyclical reality of hopes expressed, then dashed by the events of the day, will, once and for all, be broken." He ends his article with a wonderful excerpt taken from "The Weight of Glory" (the author?--why, C.S. Lewis, of course).
Blessings to you in the New Year, my friends!