December 2012


As we come to the end of this challenging year, it is refreshing to remember the birth of Jesus the Christ and the continuing work of our Saviour.

We have survived a couple of predictions of doom this year. We have survived a contentious presidential election. We have and will continue to survive many new challenges –  because of the birth of this small child who came to transform this world.

May you and yours have a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

Shining Tree


I ran across this picture on the net and was struck by the complete wrongness of it all:

South Carolinian newspaper Rock Hill Herald

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The photograph at the top of this newspaper page (from the South Carolina Rock Hill Herald) is of students fleeing from Shady Hook Elementary School after the tragic shootings that occurred there. The photograph at the bottom of the newspaper page is an advertisement for a Holiday sale at a local gun store. We won’t even go into why Santa is pushing guns this Christmas.

The paper has since offered an apology for this insensitive ad placement, saying that the page layout decision had been made the day before the Shady Hook tragedy took place.

Ah, American capitalism, remember –  those guns represent jobs and those jobs represent money so that people can purchase the good things in life for their children who can go to good schools where those guns….