MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Frosty Returns?

January 3rd, 2013

This Christmas season brought many surprises to our house, not the least of which was that one of my children really started to like Frosty the Snowman.  That means that we’ve seen that movie, and the sequel many times.

I don’t know about you, but I have a problem watching the two back to back—I mean, if Frosty could stop being Frosty in the first one simply because he loses his hat, how/why does he keep taking it off in the second one?!

Can you say continuity error—a huge one!


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Is It Time To Stop Giving Gifts

November 21st, 2012

Since when did a time that’s supposed to be full of joy become one of dread and obligation?  You know what I’m referring to—the fact that every year everyone wonders whom they must find a gift for, and whether they’ll get one in return.

I’m firmly in the camp where I do not believe that I have the right to tell someone that they should or should not get something for me—that I should give out of how I have been blessed and to be a blessing rather than what I will receive—but how does that balance with the fact that many people will take the fact that I gave them a gift as an obligation to give something back.

Christmas List

May 20th, 2011

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What is Mary’s Appropriate Place?

December 27th, 2010

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In reading different blogs over the Christmas Season, I’ve been struck by two different perspectives on the person of Mary, and wondered where you are in who she is.

Dan Phillips states some good things about Mary, but leads off his What did Jesus (not) say about… His mother, Mary post this way:

I’ve often had two thoughts about Mary:

  1. I dearly hope that her heavenly bliss has not been spoiled by the knowledge of how monstrously men came to pervert her significance and place in relation to her Son. And…
  2. In that view, I’ve thought that my article on Mary in a Bible dictionary might read, “The mother of Jesus. A pivotal yet minor figure in the New Testament, mentioned by name in only four books.”

Though Mary plays a pivotal role, and is portrayed in the Scripture differently than in some modern movies, by the end of the story—the last time we hear about her—she’s practically “Just another disciple.”  We don’t find her enduring the hardships of the Apostles, or doing great things in the book of Acts.  We see that she’s present (as are some of Jesus’ brother’s).

In How Mary Brought Me Back to Jesus, Elizabeth Esther talks in depth about being able to empathize with Mary, and to be able to feel what it must have been like for her.  In Part 2 she stands in contrast to Phillips, above.  She believes that Jesus would prefer that Christians treat Mary with disrespect, and that we can see Jesus looking through of for Mary.

Both views are worth of a read and pondering this season.

The Folly of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

December 13th, 2009

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Every year we take to watching a series of Christmas movies, and one we rarely miss is “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  I’m sure you’re familiar with the story.  For his whole life George Bailey has had to do without, and at this Christmas he finds that he may end up in jail because his Uncle has misplaced the money he was supposed to deposit in the bank.

George, believing that he’d be worth more dead than alive, decides to jump off  a bridge and commit suicide, but before he can, his guardian angel jumps into the water making George save him.  After that, he is granted the wish of seeing what the world would be like if he were never born.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.