November 25, 2004

Thanksgiving Update

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers, and especially to my wife and her family and friends. We miss you and wish we could be feasting with you!

Here in Canada, of course, it isn’t Thanksgiving. It’s a normal day. We were originally planning to have a big Thanksgiving dinner anyway, but due to various circumstances we won’t be having one today.

I stayed up late last night to finish Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Nevermind all the controversy among some Christians about the book and nevermind all the complaints that this isn’t “great literature.” It was great fun and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

And now I’m off to finish my sermon on Mark 2:13-17 and to do some work on the Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1.

Yup: I’ve finished with my series on the Belgic Confession and now I’m starting the Catechism over for the fourth time. It’s mandated by the Church Order of the United Reformed Churches in North America that preachers preach through one of the documents that make up the Three Forms of Unity in one of the two (mandated) services a Sunday.

As I say, this is my fourth time through the Catechism and sometimes I wonder how long-term ministers in this tradition do it. Do they just keep churning out the same sermon over and over and over again? Do they have about four or five sermons on each Lord’s Day of the Catechism and cycle them? How do you keep things fresh?

Anyway, that’s what I’m doing today. Happy Thanksgiving, you Americans! Eat lots and lots of turkey and pumpkin pie to the glory of God and rejoice in His goodness to you!

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