Dipping into the Community Pool: December 30

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  We’ve been enjoying some extra time with family and friends, talking about 2017, celebrating birthdays, and thinking about the new year to come.  As usual, you will find an eclectic mix of articles below, ranging from China to your old iPhone. 3 things you should know about religious freedom […]

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Advent: Good News of Great Joy

Would your family and friends describe you as one of the most joyful people they know? I’m not so sure mine would, but I’d certainly like to be described that way. The word “joy” can be seen and heard everywhere around the Christmas holidays—glued to Christmas plaques, sung in Christmas carols, gracing Christmas cards, blinking […]

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Favorite Photos of 2017

Today’s photo challenge celebrates the end of the year with our favorite personal photos from 2017, not necessarily our best but photos that are meaningful to us.  Mine all have one thing in common:  peaceful settings.   Lighthouse at Lake Michigan     My favorite reading spot on the campus of Calvin College     […]

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Handel’s Three-Week Masterpiece

For many years, my family’s favorite Christmas tradition was attending a live performance of the Messiah. Like so many good things that eventually come to an end, it was discontinued by the concert producers—no explanation given—so that was that. We tried watching it on DVD, but, as I’m sure you can imagine, it wasn’t quite […]

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Wish No More! How to Have a Truly Peace-Filled Christmas

A nostalgic Christmas seems to be our dream—snow falling gently upon the countryside, cardinals perched outside a large picture window, a full moon lighting the night sky, gingerbread cookies baking in the oven, smiling children sitting around the Christmas tree, a fire crackling in the fireplace, Christmas carols filling the air with peace and good […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: December 16

This week we start with some more tributes to R.C. Sproul along with a music performance at his church that we think you would enjoy.  Also, what’s the worst gift you can give a teenager this Christmas?  This one is worth a serious read.  Anxiety, angels, dangerous ideology, how to deal with supposed biblical errors, […]

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The Intrusion of Glory: R.C. Sproul Goes Home

Our hearts are profoundly saddened this afternoon after receiving the news that R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord at about 3 p.m., surrounded by his loving family. He has been such a huge part of our lives for so many years that a gaping hole will be felt for some time to […]

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Ascend: To Move Upward, To Rise

Today’s photo challenge is based on the word ascend, which sent my thinking upward.    Hope you enjoy the photos.   Golden hour at the water park, Charleston, SC   Pumpkins on the ascent, Historic District, Charleston, SC   Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Charleston, SC   French Huguenot Church with Gothic Revival arched ceiling, Historic District, […]

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Advent: It’s About the Light

[ Previous:  Advent: Picture of Humility ] A sphere of hot plasma rises every morning in the sky and disappears from the horizon every evening. This has happened on schedule every day of my life. I’m told it did the same before I was born and will continue to do so after I’m gone. I feel […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: December 9

This week’s collection offers articles on smartphone addiction, a reading challenge for 2018, Joni, and sleep depravation.  Also, we’ve included a link where you can keep tabs on Dr. Sproul’s breathing issues as you pray for him.  Have a great weekend! Update on Dr. R.C. Sproul’s health You can keep up-to-date on Dr. Sproul’s health […]

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