It's been a long, tiring month. Lots of things that I want to blog about, but haven't had the time to blog about. (Mainly, I wanted to blog about not having the time to blog, I suppose, but then the recursion crashes my system stack and I have to reset.)
So, for the two of you who actually read this occasionally ... be advised that there are lots of posts coming. I'll try to break them up thematically and hide the long ravings behind LJ-cuts, so as to not monopolize your reading pleasure.
It's probably too late by now ... but if you haven't seen it yet, The Nativity Story is a cool movie to see.
I've been struck for many years (at least since my own undergraduate days --- thank you, Tom Trevethan) with the fact that the retelling of the Nativity story has gotten too pretty over the years.
A land under occupation by an unfeeling, brutal oppressor. A young unmarried couple. She's pregnant, and he's not the father. Forced to travel by imperial edict. Giving birth out in a barn in the middle of nowhere, because nothing else is available. The only people who seem to notice are some stinky farmhands (have *you* ever been around sheep?), and some weird professors from out East somewhere.
And this is the way that Jesus chooses to come into our world.
This is exactly the way that The Nativity Story tells its tale. No halos hovering over peoples heads. Gabriel isn't suspended in mid-air like an overgrown hummingbird. Just a bunch of real people, trying to make sense of their world.
I was personally struck by the character of Joseph. The writers portray him as a good man, burdened with a sense of overwhelming responsibility. (How do you become step-father to the Messiah?) Lately, I've felt overwhelmed by the responsibilities in my life. At some level, it's comforting to know that God does this to people ... and although you may not understand it at the time, you don't have to. God does.
Anyways, if it's still showing near you, you ought to see it.
Thanks to my wife, I now own a Palm TX PDA. I think I am now officially with it. :)
Seriously, though ... now that I've got it, I've got to trick it out. So, for those of you who've got a Palm ...
a) What must-have apps do you recommend? I haven't gotten far in looking around just yet.
b) It's got wireless, so I can do webstuff on it. Problem is, most websites aren't designed for PDAs, so they render pretty awfully. Are there any good sites designed for PDAs? (Or good sites with links to good PDA sites?)
[And it's not just me. My son just got a train with a remote control. Today, as he holds his first remote control and makes the train start and stop, he is a man, too. :)]
It's official: we have a permanent pastor again. Or, at least, we will.
Robert Swoveland has accepted the call to become senior pastor at Fenton Church of the Nazarene. His first Sunday will be on February 4th.
It's always nice when a pastoral search is over. It's even more nice for me, as church board secretary, because a lot of responsibility has ended up my shoulders over that time. And it'll be nice to have someone else minding the store.