According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – anon
Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord
Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

Monday, December 12, 2011

Select Christmas Songs

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Casting Crowns
I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day Live

As seen on 2008 TBN Christmas special. "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day"
is available on Casting Crowns' Christmas album, Peace On Earth,
available on iTunes ( and in stores.
Steven Curtis Chapman
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lowly exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel, rejoice!
You're Here
Mary & Jesus Christmas Music Video
This song by Francesca Battistelli is amazing!
Video clips were used from The Nativity Story and The Gospel of John.
God Bless you and Merry Christmas.
What Faith Can Do
Mercy Me
Joseph's Lullaby
Cherie Call
Mary's Lullaby to Jesus
When Love was born
Created for a church carol service, Dec 2010.
All pictures were obtained from Creative Commons sources.
The song is by Mark Schultz, released by Word Records, Oct 2009.
Available for purchase through Amazon Downloads.
Mary Did You Know
Music video for Mary Did You Know by Mark Lowery.
Uses video from the Jesus film (very moving).
Available for purchase through:
Mercy Me
What Child Is This
Christmas video using music by Mercy Me
and famous paintings of the birth of the Christ child.
I Wonder As I Wander Written in 1933 by John Jacob Niles from a fragment of a song he heard sung during an evangelical church fundraising meeting, this hauntingly beautiful melody has been recorded down through the years by such notable artists as Jo Stafford, Burl Ives, Mahalia Jackson,Joan Baez, Barbra Striesand, Julie Andrews, Linda Ronstadt and many others. We hope you enjoy our performance of this beautiful Christmas song. Lark and Spur.
King's College Cambridge (2008, #10)
What Sweeter Music
by John Rutter
Dr. Stephen Cleobury was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)  for services to Music in the Queen's birthday honours June 17 2009. Stephen Cleobury, has been the Organist and Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge since 1982, and, since 1983, conductor of the orchestra and chorus of the Cambridge University Musical Society. King's College Cambridge 2008 What Sweeter Music John Rutter.
Maureen Hegarty
I Wonder as I Wander

Carrie Underwood
Do You Hear What I Hear?

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