MInTheGap

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

Frosty Returns?

January 3rd, 2013 Viewed 826 times

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 Viewed 562 times

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.

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May 20th, 2011 Viewed 635 times

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What is Mary’s Appropriate Place?

December 27th, 2010 Viewed 493 times

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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 Viewed 928 times

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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.

When is a Baby a Baby?

January 16th, 2009 Viewed 1435 times, 1 so far today

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In New Jersey, it depends on whether it lived outside the womb.  I recent case that is drawing attention once again to this question centers around a small body that was thrown out with the hospital’s trash.

10 Questions for Christmas Conversation

January 8th, 2009 Viewed 1062 times

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I know, the holidays are over.  Because of my schedule and the changes that are going on in my family’s life over the past month since I was told that I had to find new employment, I’ve been a pretty delinquent blogger.  That couldn’t stop me, however, from noticing this great post by Christa Taylor at Empowered Traditionalist, and from wanting to take part.

So, pardon my lateness.

Have You Had Enough?

January 6th, 2009 Viewed 2066 times

Church Aisle Header Another holiday season has come, and one thing is certain—we’ve all had a lot to eat.  I’m not sure where the tradition came from, but what I am certain is that this is not just the season for presents and good cheer, it’s also the season to make exotic dishes in the hopes that family will eat them.

You R Going 2 Die

December 16th, 2008 Viewed 1493 times

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So said the scrawling on the bathroom stall I found myself in Monday morning.  Now, I guess I could have taken it as a warning, and left immediately, but instead I found myself reflecting on the fact that we’re all mortal, and we all have a short time on Earth to make an impact.

Christmas Gifts

November 12th, 2004 Viewed 1023 times

Is it just me, or has it become more difficult over the years to purchase a gift for someone– be it a family member or friend– than it has been in the past.  In times of online wish lists and people needing things that are more expensive, it seems to me that I’m struggling trying to 1) get something someone wants and 2) afford it without going massively in debt.

On the first hand is getting something that someone wants.  I think that for the first time in a long time I have more ideas about what to get people than ever before.  Friends use those wish lists, family have been dropping hints– but not the normal hints.  The hints have been “a grill”, “a workshop toolkit”, “a  dishwasher”, etc.  These are fine and good– if one has the money.

Which brings me to my second problem.  I’ve been trying to get out underneath debt, and one of my
first steps was getting one of those Christmas Club type things to save through out the year.  When I got the check recently, there really wasn’t all that much there to spread around to all the people that are
expecting gifts from my wife and I.  How do you cope?!

I’m sharing in my wife’s feelings that she loves giving, but doesn’t love the getting for the giving process.  That, and I share her wonderment at how our grandparents ever get anything for all of us…  It must take saving much more than I have this past year all year to do it!  And here I thought I was getting a jump on it all.

Next year won’t be as tight but will bring the same questions:  Big gift with multi-way payment or small.  And who all is included?  And just wait until my kids start getting old enough to where they actually know
they’re getting gifts.

(Don’t get me going about having two December birthdays in my house! )

MInTheGap

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