'Tis the Season for Giveaways

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Not really-- it's the season for Immanuel.

However, it also happens to be the season a lot of blogs are giving away a lot of items. Please consider joining this giveaway. They're giving away some amazing resources, including the new ESV Study Bible that I would love to have in my library.


Rachel's Wedding

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Dear Rach,

Thank you for sharing your anointed day with all of us in such a spectacular place. There are memories to last a lifetime! I've posted the pictures here:

Seaside- Rachel's Wedding

Changing URL!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I have seen some error in my ways today-- using your last name as the blog title probably isn't the smartest thing I've ever done. I'm going to attempt to change the url to writtenbymegs.blogspot.com. Why can I not be any more creative than that?!

Sorry for the inconvenience! I hope you find me over here!!

$500 Walmart Giveaway!!!!!!

One of the blogs I follow, Cent$ible Sawyer, is giving away a $500 Walmart gift card! Before I get a lecture from my sister on the horrible business practices of Walmart, let me just say that until the day my $30 Walmart run no longer costs me $75 when buying non-Walmart (as it did this weekend at my local grocery), I am going to be chained to the Walmart line. It's unfortunate but true. $500 goes a LONG way in purchasing groceries-- about 3 months worth! If you're in my boat, please feel free to visit the Cent$ible blog and enter yourself. I won't tell on you.

Timing of Photographs

Monday, December 8, 2008

On a lighter note, check out this collection of photographs! Very cleverly timed and framed.

The Shack, Reviewed

If you have some time for a lengthy review and have already read The Shack, I suggest reading this posting by Scott Lindsey of The Resurgence blog.

I spent a bit of time discussing the book with my core group and reading it has led to some wonderful discussions about the role of the Trinity and how we interact with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I am thankful that this novel has opened up some questions that otherwise may have gone unnoticed.

I do issue a word of caution, however. Admittedly, I ignorantly read the book without doing any of my own Biblical research alongside the reading and allowed myself to take some of the novel's words at face value. A primary example where I should not have done this regards Young's view of responsibility. In the novel it is stated that the word responsibility does not exist in Scripture (in English translations, of course). Scott Lindsey, the author of this review, points to very clear instances where responsibility IS discussed and called for in Scripture. I am ashamed that I did not read more carefully into the theology.

At the same time, I am thankful that the book brought to light our human ability to interact with the Trinity. I encourage reading and discussing this book alongside a careful exploration of Scripture and with a reverance to our God, most deserving of our awe and worship. Quoting Lindsey, "So if you come to the book well-schooled in God’s holiness, justice and wrath, you will benefit from the exposure to his grace, mercy and love."

I'd be happy to discuss!

Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Welcome to our winter escape. I am so glad to be here and feel remarkably blessed. I hope this is a sign of more snow to come!!

I'm so excited to be putting out the Christmas decorations. I love the smell of pine and gingerbread, the glow of lights and ornaments, and bright Christmas wrapping paper! The big debate we're having right now is... chop down our own Christmas tree Griswald style or purchase from the local tree stand? This weekend we'll decide how far we want to drive-- sad that it's the deciding factor. But I want it up in the window with lights and ornaments! I only get one month to officially enjoy it! I hope you find much joy in your Christmas decorating, letter writing, cookie making, present wrapping, friend hosting, fire burning, candle smelling, scarf wearing, deal hunting, family visiting, photo taking and memory treasuring Christmas adventures (you get the idea).