Merry Christmas from the Mark Farnham Family

SI readers,
farnhams_christmas07.jpgThis is my first year writing for SharperIron, and I have enjoyed the challenge of blog writing. The glut of information and opinions on the Internet has made it seem comparable to having 5,000 cable channels—too much to digest in a year, let alone a day. That’s why for us to be relevant we must say things that are eternal. The infinite God has condescended and revealed Himself to us so that we can know Him who is incomprehensible. This is the most relevant truth communicable! I’m glad I don’t have to keep up with every new website. I simply need to know the Word, which reveals the infinite God and helps me interact with my culture in a redeeming fashion.

My wife, Adrienne, and I have been married 18 years, and our kids are getting older (two teenage girls and an 11-year-old son). We marvel at the students here at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary who are raising little children (some as many as six children) while going through school. We are now years past the age when our kids need us to get them dressed, bathed, and fed. In fact, many nights we go to bed before our children. So, parents of little ones, hang on; it gets easier! Enjoy those days—they disappear almost suddenly.
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Merry Christmas from the Joel Tetreau Family

Dear friends,

TetreausMerry Christmas and Happy New Year from Joel, Toni, Jonathan, Jeremy, Joshua, Omega (our husky), and Velvet (our new puppy—black lab). We are sorry to report that “Barney the Beta” (our fish) is no longer with us. Yes, it was a sad day when Toni found Barney floating and bloated. The ceremony was sweet. We all gathered “round” the toilet and reflected on our fondest memories of Barney. Very surreal as we watched his limp body swirl around and around, then go down and down. Yep, Barney’s swimming in that big pond up in the sky, along with all the other “Beta fish” that were fed too much “fish food” by well-meaning yet aggressive eight-year-olds. (Don’t blame Joshua; it’s really not his fault that he used a measuring cup to feed him! Just kidding! We think Barney died of natural causes. Never changing the water is a natural cause, right?)
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Merry Christmas from the Joe Roof Family

roofs_christmas07.jpgThis year, my family has been dwelling on the fact that God shared Himself with us through the miracle of the incarnation. Instead of seeing Christmas as some type of materialistic grab-all, Kim and I pray that our children will see this holiday and every day as an opportunity to share God’s Good News and goodness to others. So, this Christmas, we started giving to others before buying presents for ourselves. (Right: Joe, Kim, Daniel, Naomi, and Kyla Roof)

We ministered to Pamela, a woman who was suffering greatly from lung, hip, and brain cancer. As we ministered to her, she ministered to us. Two weeks before Christmas, she went home to be with the Lord and left a mark on our lives that is greater than anything we could receive in a nicely wrapped box under the tree. We took several people to a restaurant who cannot afford to do so. Once again, we thought our purpose was to be a blessing, but each time we were the receivers of blessing. We purchased a gift card so one precious Christian family, who is presently unemployed, could purchased some groceries and presents for one another for Christmas.
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Merry Christmas from the Adam Blumer Family

adablumers_christmas07.jpgDear SI Friends,

Some may be unfamiliar with my role at SI, so let me first introduce myself. Since May 2006, I’ve worked behind the scenes here at SI as the managing editor and count it a privilege to serve in several capacities. I edit and post front-page articles and do my best to catch all those tricky and sometimes-evasive grammatical problems. I also manage the author calendar for front-page articles, remind (and sometimes nag) authors about deadlines, post ads, and communicate with current and potential advertisers. On occasion, I also write Christian novel reviews. Read more about Merry Christmas from the Adam Blumer Family

Christmas 2007

by John C. Whitcomb, Th.D.

Especially at this time of the year, Christians all over the world are making public statements about the supreme gift God the Father made to mankind: His own eternal Son, Jesus Christ the Lord.

NativityFor hundreds of years before Jesus arrived on planet Earth, the Father had promised to His people Israel that His Son was coming to provide salvation to those who accept His Word. For example, Moses wrote (1,400 B.C.): “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken … And [God the Father confirmed that] it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him” (Deut. 18:15, 19, KJV; cf. Acts 3:22).

In His own words, the Son of God explained through the prophet Isaiah (700 years before He added a true and complete human nature to His eternal divine nature): “Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was [i.e., at the creation], there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent Me” (Isa. 48:16). Also, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek… . To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD” (Isa. 61:1, 2; cf. Luke 4:18-19). Read more about Christmas 2007

Merry Christmas from Tom Mount

Tom MountMerry Christmas to all my brothers and sisters in Christ here at SharperIron!

You’re probably looking at the name and thinking, “Huh? Who is this guy?” Some of you probably went back and searched through the site trying to find my last article. I’ll save the rest of you the trouble—you won’t find any articles with my name in the byline. You won’t see me making any dazzling written displays of theological prowess or concluding 10-page-long threads in the forums with the wisdom of age and experience at my side. In fact, I doubt you’ll find much about me at all on this site, so please allow me to introduce myself. My name’s Tom Mount, and I’m one of the copy editors here at SI. I take raw articles or e-mails, clean up the formatting, add footnotes and hyperlinks, and save the article for publication on this site. Most of my work is putting in Dr. Bauder’s In the Nick of Time articles, but I also step up when another editor is on vacation or the workload is heavy enough. Finally, I do a little lurking around the forums, making the occasional “prairie dog” post—I go by “mounty” there. Read more about Merry Christmas from Tom Mount

Merry Christmas from the Lee Brock Family

Hello Friends,

BrocksWe are finishing up our first full year in Alamogordo, New Mexico. When the Lord led us here, we had no idea what He was doing, but we knew enough about Him to be excited about what was coming. For several months, we visited many churches. Discouraged, we had just about decided to join the least problematic church when a little boy walked into Lee’s clinic, singing a happy Sunday school song. When Lee asked the mother what church she attended, she told of a church in the tiny town next to ours that talked about the Bible all the time. We visited and found our church home. Lee has especially appreciated both a pastor with a desire for humility and a group of men with an earnest desire to lead their families and challenge each other to be transparent and grow spiritually. It’s been fun serving together at this church.

Lee is the only Air Force pediatrician in a busy clinic in a small town. Some people ask whether the children are frightened of seeing a doctor in camouflage, but they forget that the doctor in camouflage looks just like their daddies. (It’s not uncommon for our children to run happily toward a man in uniform, only to stop short and say, “That’s not my daddy!”) Lee loves his work. He finds that his practice is a good blend of problem-solving medicine and parental counseling. Many in the military come from a Christian worldview and welcome his perspective as a Christian pediatrician. Read more about Merry Christmas from the Lee Brock Family

Merry Christmas from the Jason Button Family

ButtonsAbout this time last year, I entered into a discussion with Jason Janz about the possibility of directing book reviews for SharperIron. I was delighted to have been approached about this opportunity and considered it prayerfully. My workload and family responsibilities were already full. Ministry opportunities at church and in the community were steadily increasing, too. But like Jason J., I am a sucker for good books. I accepted the offer (or challenge) and have been greatly enriched by the experience.

Looking back over this past year, I am compelled to rejoice in that the Lord has brought me into company with a number of very fine individuals. The team of reviewers that has been assembled (about 20 people) has been a great delight to work with. I’ve enjoyed all the behind-the-scenes conversations with many of you. I’m also very thankful for everyone who has posted comments on the reviews and has given me feedback. All of this has been very helpful and encouraging.
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