Yearly Archives: 2006

Happy New Year…

The Santic family wishes you and yours a blessed 2007.  May the dreams God has for this world fill you and be the source of your motivation to serve Him.  He is good and His love endures forever. Happy New Year

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The Christian-Industrial Complex

A great post by i-monk [via Bill Kinnon] on the Western Church’s dangerous flirtation with consumerism.  i-monk gives a great perspective on this issue and how it makes no sense considering the dollars spent on the latest Christian success fads.  That marketing and product placement is paramount in the planning of elaborate presentations in many...

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Books of 2006

Well, here is a list of the books I managed to read in 2006 including some that are still in progress.  I expect the 2007 list will be a bigger one as I make up a reading plan and attempt to have one book read every two weeks.  I’ll post that up as soon as...

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I’ve been tagged!

Rick Meigs over at Blind Beggar tagged me today.  So, here are five things about me that most of you do not know… 1. Do not tell anyone this.  This is a secret and should not get out.  I’m serious.  When i was a young boy, my dad made me play the accordion.  I hated...

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New Books…I can’t wait.

In addition to the three books I received from my wife on Christmas, I just pulled the trigger on the following with the Chapters gift cards I was blessed with… Out of Bounds Church, Steven Taylor The Powers that Be, Walter Wink The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World, Alan Roxburgh...

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Mother Teresa…

"By blood and origin I am all Albanian.  My citizenship is Indian.  I am a Catholic nun.  As to my calling, I belong to the whole world.  As to my heart, I belong entirely to the heat of Jesus" How Mother Teresa understood herself and introduced herself…

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An Honest exploration of what it means to be the church…

Brant Hansen (Letters from Kamp Krusty) addresses some questions to him about what it means to be the church.  He paints a vivid contrast between what many in the West perceive as Church and the grass-roots Jesus movement that changed the world… "It seems that a real line has been drawn in the sand here...

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A monk and his precious stone…

"A monk in his travels found once a precious stone and kept it.  On day he met a traveler, and when he opened his bag to share his provisions with him, the traveler saw the jewel and asked the monk to give it to him.  The monk did so readily.  The traveler departed overjoyed with...

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Henri Nouwen – Claiming our Reconciliation

More from Nouwen that seems to be speaking to me quite vividly… "How do we work for reconciliation? First and foremost by claiming for ourselves that God through Christ has reconciled us to God. It is not enough to believe this with our heads. We have to let the truth of this reconciliation permeate every...

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New to the Collection…

New this Christmas to the Santic household…specifically, to me:   End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World, Miroslav Volf Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith, Henri Nouwen U2 by U2 All are very welcome additions to the library this Christmas…The fruits of teaching the wife how to navigate my online...

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Voice of the Day – St Gregory of Nyssa

"O inexpressible mystery and unheard paradox: the Invisible is seen, the Intangible is touched , the eternal Word becomes accessible to our speech, the Timeless steps into time, the Son of God becomes the Son of Man!" ~Saint Gregory of Nyssa Oh, the incarnation and it’s beauty.  That God became flesh and moved into our...

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Henri Nouwen – The Task of Reconciliation

When we consider Christmas and the big picture of the incarnation, the wisdom of Henri Nouwen below sums it up well. "What is our task in this world as children of God and brothers and sisters of Jesus? Our task is reconciliation. Wherever we go we see divisions among people – in families, communities, cities,...

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Merry Christmas

The Santic Family wishes you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  may you know the grace and the peace of God with us this season.        "For to us a child is born,        to us a son is given,        and the government will be on...

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History of Religion

Here is a link to the history of religion…it’s kind of interesting.  (HT: Jeff De Ruyter)

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Proud papa…

Alright, tonight on the eve of the eve of Christmas, I am officially welling with pride  because of the following.  While sitting in the living room reading, I glanced over at my two year old Anna and noticed she was working her way through Miroslav Volf’s, Free of Charge.  Those who know me well will...

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