Why New Year Resolutions May Be a Bad Idea

Are you thinking about New Year resolutions yet? If not, you’re running out of time. Tomorrow is Day 1 of the New Year.

Before you pull out that Moleskine and start scribbling out your list, consider the possibility that you should forgo making New Year resolutions. Here are some reasons why New Year resolutions may be a bad idea:

  1. You set yourself up for feeling defeated. This happens more quickly if your resolutions impale you with the spear of a repeating event—something you have to do every day or once a month to accomplish what you’ve resolved to do. Read more of this post

Sherlock Holmes Is Back

I haven’t seen the Sherlock Holmes movie that was released on Christmas day. Instead, I drew a likeness of the celebrated sleuth—in the pages of a Moleskine, of course.

If you’ve seen the movie, how about leaving a comment with the rank you would give it?

No Such Thing as an “Attempted Terrorist Attack”

So what do you call it when a man, claiming affiliation with al Qaeda, ignites an incendiary device on a commercial flight from Amsterdam to Detroit?

It’s being reported that President Obama has called the Christmas day incident an “attempted terrorist attack.” I hope that’s not what he’s calling it.

If someone attacks innocents, for terrorist purposes, then the attack is a terrorist attack, whether or not the attack is completely successful. Read more of this post

Christmas Challenge

Today is Christmas. I have a Christmas challenge for you. Whoever you are, I urge you to read a succinct summary of the central role Jesus is supposed to play in God’s plan for the salvation of humanity.

Please, don’t click away from this post without reading to the end. Surely you can spare a few minutes for this. It is, after all, Christmas Day.

This challenge doesn’t assume that you’re a Christian, that you believe in Jesus, or that you have any religion whatsoever. But any reasonable evaluation of Christianity presupposes a knowledge of the basic outline of what a true disciple of Jesus believes to be the only hope for this world.

To accept this Christmas challenge, please click on this link to a brief PDF file: God’s Plan of Salvation

I’ll be happy to receive any comments or questions you have after reading this. Unless you wish to have them published on this post, your comments will be kept in the strictest confidence.

Note: I have taken this challenge myself today and found it truly rewarding. It’s attributed to Mark Dever, and appears as an explanatory essay in the study version of the English Standard Bible, published by Crossway Books.

Favorite Christmas Card?

Filippino Lippi, ca. 1485

By now you probably have a collection of Christmas cards from people thinking of you during this season of celebration.

Do you have a favorite card? Can you describe it? How does it speak to you? Please leave your comment.

Today we received a card featuring the beautiful detail of “Madonna and Child” painted by the Florentine artist Filippino Lippi (ca. 1485). The image to the right shows more of the detail than is included on the card.

The card (shown left) is a close-up of the Madonna, whose expression of pensive tenderness seems to convey humility, and perhaps vague uncertainty about the child’s future.

Mary’s vestments reflect the honor due her as one chosen by God for her unique role in history, rather than for any special respect she enjoyed among her peers.

Thank You, Readers!

Thanks to you, readers, my blog has had over 140,000 views as of today. Your many comments have helped shape things here.

The busiest day of the year was April 6, with over 2000 views. That was for my commentary on the Craig vs. Hitchens debate on the existence of God. That post continues to be visited daily, and has garnered the most comments.

Far exceeding my expectations, the “Jason Bourne vs. James Bond” post has eclipsed many of my posts in popularity. It, too, is viewed daily.

My series of writing tips on “The Moleskine Method” is the most viewed of posts added in the last few weeks. Another daily read.

Some of you I’ve known for years. Others I’ve met here for the first time. And some I’ve encountered during my travels for speaking.

For each reader who subscribes to have email notification for every post, or who has an RSS feed from my blog, I’m most profoundly grateful.

Finally, I want to thank each of you who have added this blog to your blogroll, and to all who have posted comments on your blogs, sending me so many new visitors. You guys are great!

Merry Christmas!

Americans Shamed by Obama for Carping?

Greta Van Susteren reported on Monday, December 21, about President Obama’s morning speech. In his speech, he scolded those who are opposed to his health-care bill, and said they need to “stop carping.” Greta went to the dictionary to check up on “carping.” She discovered that the word means “marked by or inclined to querulous and often perverse criticism.”

So the President thinks that if you express concern about his bill, then your criticism is “querulous,” and possibly “perverse.” I believe he said what he believes, even if he didn’t mean to say what he said.

On what basis can the President say what he did if the “carpers” add up to roughly 60% of Americans? I think it’s simple. Read more of this post

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