To all those who won’t be making it home this Christmas


Christmas is a time when you get homesick —
even when you’re home.

Carol Nelson

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time;
a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of,
in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open
their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were
fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

Charles Dickens

(an odd site here at home / Julie Cook / 2018

Driving home yesterday after visiting the dentist, I was cutting through an area of town
full of some of our communities older homes, when I found myself driving behind a
vintage WWII Army ambulance.

An odd sight but suddenly I felt strangely transported to a different time…

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Terry Eagleton’s Jesus Quested Jesus: Responding to an Atheist’s Understanding of the Parousia of the Risen Christ — The Evangelical Calvinist

When you read atheist authors (or at least agnostic ones), and this is surely what Terry Eagleton is—someone recently told me, on FaceBook, that Eagleton had returned to the Catholic church, but clearly from his writing in this book, he is still in the clasped fist of Marx and the Devil—you will assuredly run across […]

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The Old Man and the Gun

We hadn’t been to the DCA for a while so it was pleasant to return and see this excellent film – Robert Redford’s last.  He is a fine actor and none more so than in this tale of an elderly bankrobber, Forrest Tucker.  For me he was outshone by Sissy Spacek who brought a life and depth to her character (as his wife) which was beautiful.  Redford made his name with Paul Newman almost 50 years ago with The Sting so I suppose this criminal caper was a fitting way to bow out.

Director David Lowry shot the film on 16mm with a kind of grainy texture, which together with the music makes it feel from an other era.  Overall it is a classy film, with great acting, a predictable story line, great music and some fine cinematography.  Well worth going to see.  However….

I have some reservations.  The fact…

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Mid-December 2018 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

Her Faithful People Will Ever Sing for Joy

I love the Psalms

I will praise Him!

20181208_114339 Photo courtesy of Liz Kranz

For the LORD has chosen Zion,
    he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,
“This is my resting place for ever and ever;
    here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
I will bless her with abundant provisions;
    her poor I will satisfy with food.
I will clothe her priests with salvation,
    and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.

(Psalm 132:13-16, NIV)

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“But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father.” ~Jesus

Jesus Quotes and God Thoughts


Some things are a mystery. I think I have a “right” to know what’s going on.

Jesus shows me the way in that I don’t have to know. I don’t have a right to know.

God is God. God alone knows some things. Even Jesus doesn’t know.

That is the way it is in the country where Jesus is King. Jesus is appointed King by God. God only knows.

But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father.So keep a sharp lookout, for you don’t know the timetable. It’s like a man who takes a trip, leaving home and putting his servants in charge, each assigned a task, and commanding the gatekeeper to stand watch. So, stay at your post, watching. You have no idea when the homeowner is returning, whether evening, midnight, cockcrow, or morning…

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Wonderful Counselor

Beholding Him Ministries

Isaiah 9.6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor…
Isaiah 9:6

“Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you (1 Peter 5:7).”  What a blessed truth and promise, Jesus the Wonderful Counselor on whom I can cast every care, weight, thought, fear, disappointment and distress. What blessed children the children of God are! 

The One who created us knows us upside down and inside out. Not only that but He knows the same about every aspect of our lives and all that is going on in our families, communities, churches, and the world. The Omniscient One invites us to cast every care upon Him. Jesus is able to counsel according to our specific situations and circumstances, our specific need and hurt, according to His plans and purposes. 

The enemy will…

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For Patrons: Beginning Hebrew 1 — Common Denominator

One feature of my new series on Isaiah 40-66 is that on Saturdays I am going to be plugging away at a new book draft: Hebrew for Ministers and Scholars. What that means is that my patrons will be able to learn biblical Hebrew at a gingerly pace. After all, I’m only working on the…

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5 Myths about the Trinity — Crossway Articles

December 15, 2018 by: Fred Sanders This article is part of the 5 Myths series. Myth #1: It’s only for theology experts. The doctrine of the Trinity is for everybody who is saved by Jesus. Or, to say that just a little more elaborately, it’s for everybody who has been drawn to the Father through…

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