21 December, 2007

Christmas Wishes

Dear TBNN readers,

Well, it's been an exciting first year here at TBNN. (Technically we're not a year old. We'll have a special celebration for that in January.) We've enjoyed bringing you our stories six days a week, and watching interest in the site grow. But it's time to close down shop until after the first of the year. So today is the last post until Wednesday, January 2, 2008. We here at TBNN want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. Also, some of our regulars here would like to take a moment and share with you their Christmas wishes.

"Christmas is a special time where we as believers in the one true and living God set aside a specific season to ponder the great mystery of the Logos being made flesh. What a tremendous and weighty theological subject matter. It's depths cannot be fully fathomed! That the Almighty left his home in glory to redeem his elect. What majesty, what wisdom, what glory worthy of all praise and honor." - Joel Osteen

"I just hope that when you get together with family and friends this holiday season, and your sipping that warm hot chocolate, or eating on that big turkey, or when you finally get that new iPod you've been wanting, that you remember that Christmas is about love, and our lives are to be about loving others and being good people. Look inside yourself and find the Christmas in you!" - John MacArthur

"May peace, joy and happiness be upon you all, and may you find joy this Christmas like you've never found before!" - Fred Phelps

"Remember as you celebrate Christmas, that there are others who are celebrating their special festive times. Don't forget our Muslim brothers, many of whom make their annual pilgrimage to Mecca this time of year. Or there's that wonderful holiday of Kwanzaa that we really don't know much about, but it's important! And let's not neglect Hanukkah. Respect those Menorah's when you see them. And last but not least, there's our pagan brothers and sisters who use this time to worship nature. So, Christmas is about tolerance and respect. May you find that this Holiday Season." - Albert Mohler

"Oh what depths and what riches may be found in the passages of God's Word that take us to the manger. Oh what joys may be reaped from those words of the incarnation. That we should not be left to die and perish in our sins. Oh what mercy!" - Brian McLaren

"You know Christmas is more than about a manger. It's about a mission, a mindset, a meaning, that goes beyond people being saved. Christmas is about a life of just trying to figure things out. It shows us that there's so much we can't know, and we just can go around pushing what we believe on other people." - John Piper

So there you have it folks. I hope I didn't mix any of those comments up. Hmm, maybe I better proofread it again, but I don't really have time right now. Oh well. Merry Christmas.



Richard said...

Hahaha. I had to look twice at some of the sources for your quotes. Y'all have a merry Christmas.

Chris Latch said...

[dorothy from Jerry Maguire]You had me (laughing) at Joel O....[/dorothy from Jerry Maguire]

SlowBro said...

Joel Osteen vs. John McArthur -- I *love* it!!

I am going to miss you guys, see you in January.

How about a Calvinist vs. Arminian bowl II? "That C.J. Mahaney, he sure has a lot of charisma!" I was beside myself with laughter :-)

Writer said...

Thanks for a fun-filled year. Looking forward to more in 2008.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laughs, theology and break from the daily grind. Who knows what issues will address Reformdom in the year ahead.

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Anonymous said...

Very funny. :-) Have a Merry Christmas.

Jim Pemberton said...

Ok - that was disturbing until I figured out what you were doing. It's not that I wouldn't want Osteen to say that, for example, but I know better.

Merry Christmas!

Stephen said...

Thanks for the great read this year. Looking forward to more! Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Those are great! And I really mean it (wink)

Jim Pemberton said...

Merry Christmas!!!

As I'm spending the few quiet moments of Christmas as the kids enjoy exploring their new stuff, I'm reflecting... in a computer monitor. I found this and thought I might be reading an article from you guys. A minister has decided to raise funds for missions by giving money to his parishioners, as in the parable of the talents. You can read the article here.

It's not that's it's necessarily wrong to raise money this way, but the parable of the talents is in the context of eschatological teaching and parables: not with regard to the usage of our individual talents but the passing along of the gift of grace we have been given in preparation for the return of Christ and the import of such activity for our eternal judgment.