December is nearly here; November results

starWell, college football’s regular season is over, Alabama is number 1 in the polls, and December has arrived in Greenwich, England — meaning WordPress has given me a summary of blog hits in November.

Despite taking a few days off, traffic is actually up a little over October.

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AUBURN ALABAMA IRONBOWL08Alabama beats Auburn, finally putting an end to a 6-game losing streak and ending Alabama’s streak of never having beaten Auburn in Tuscaloosa.

At long last, the world is as it should be.

Next up: Florida in the SEC Championship Game, also known as the National Championship Game, as it will be between the nation’s two best teams.

Faith Lessons by Ray Vander Laan: My Rock and My Fortress (Masada)

masadaAfter Saul began searching for David to kill him, David hid in a mountain fortress in the wilderness. “Masada” and “fortress” have the same root in Hebrew. David often referred to God as his fortress in the Psalms, and Masada gives us an image of what David was referring to.

(Psa 18:2)  The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Much later, about 37 BC, Herod became king of Israel by appointment of Augustus Caesar. Herod was concerned that during the ascendancy of Mark Antony, Cleopatra, the last of the Ptolymies in Egypt, would conquer Judea. And so he built Masada as a fortress.

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Alabama Football Player Changes Lives

uaAnother great story about an Alabama football player.

Ali Sharrief came to Alabama as a running back but was too deep on the depth chart to see any playing time. He changed to defense, where he’s now a defensive back seeing time as a second-string safety.

Sharrief may be a football star one day, but he’s not one yet — except at Woodland Forrest Elementary School. You see, Sharrief volunteers to work with kids who are discipline problems — and he changes them.

Here’s the story. Here’s a video. I know I’m supposed to be on vacation, but this story is too good not to share.

On Vacation: Have a Happy Thanksgiving

thanksgivingWell, my kids are back in town, and it’ll soon be time to head to my parents’ home in Birmingham. But first my wife really wants me to help getting the last of the boxes unpacked and the house in shape for company.

And I’ll be attending the Alabama vs. Auburn game on Saturday. We’ve lost to our instate rival six years in a row, and I’m so anxious about the game I can hardly think of anything else.

And so I’m going to take a few days off from the blog. I’ve gots gobs of stuff I’d like to write about, but there’s just not time in the day.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day celebration with friends and family. Take the time to express your thanks to God for his blessings.

And I’ll be back after the house is straight, the turkey is digested, and the Tide takes care of business.

UA’s Starting Tailback Finds Jesus

uaGreat story in today’s Tuscaloosa News about Glen Coffee’s conversion after he joined Alabama’s football team.

Glen starts at tailback for the Crimson Tide and leads the SEC with a 6.1 yard per carry average.

On Blue Parakeets, Wedding Vows, and Hermeneutics

bible.jpgI’ve been reading Scot McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet, on hermeneutics. I’ve really just started, but I have to comment on a weird coincidence between something McKnight says and something I heard on the Ray Vander Laan “Faith Lessons” DVD in the “God With Us” lesson. I’ll start with McKnight, as Vander Laan’s comment will make more sense once we’ve sorted through what McKnight says.

I grew up with a specific kind of approach to the Bible … . As God’s true Word, therefore, it is our final authority, and our response to the Bible must be one of submission. I believe this is an approach that fosters a relationship with the Bible.

I knew there was something wrong with framing our view of the Bible like this. It took me years to put my finger on it. … It is not that I think these words are wrong, but I know there is far more to reading the Bible than submitting to authority. Continue reading