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Faith: A Kinder and Gentler Jonathan Edwards

When you hear the name Jonathan Edwards, what do you think of?

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.

The other day I was web surfing and came across the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University.

Apparently, Yale has become the repository of the written materials of Jonathan Edwards.

One very interesting part of the web site is an online exhibit of Billy Graham preaching a variation on Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God during the 1949 Los Angeles Crusade.

One wonders could a sermon like that be preached today and how different would it sound and read?

As you might expect the web site also has information about Edwards beyond his religious writings.

Perhaps most moving was his reflections about his wife in On Sarah Pierpont.

Excerpt:

She is of a wonderful sweetness, calmness and universal benevolence of mind; especially after those times in which this great God has manifested himself to her mind. She will sometimes go about, singing sweetly, from place to [place]; and seems to be always ful…

Life: Thanksgiving 2009 & Small Bowel Obstruction, episode IV

Thanksgiving day is coming to a close.

There is much to be thankful for.

I am thankful that God has "shown up."

God demonstrated his love for us while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Words like sin don't go over so well these days. But looking in our lives and around the world, there is the sense that things are not the way they should be. We can call those things by many names: injustice, unfairness, suffering, crime, racism, alienation, etc.

Bottom line: sin.

Ugly three letter word.

But Jesus came to give us life and began the process of restoration. Thanks be to God!

Am thankful for God's gracious gift of my beloved bride! She has been a source of joy, encouragement, strength, humor, faith and simple day-to-day partnership. The aforementioned have especially been true during my latest hospitalization.

Am thankful for the nurses, doctors and staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

On Saturday morning, October 31, my father-in-law and wife drove me to …

Sports: Bowl pecking order for Pac-10

#1 Pac10 team goes to ROSE Bowl
#2 Pac10 team goes to HOLIDAY Bowl, 12/30
#3 Pac10 team goes to SUN Bowl, 12/31
#4 Pac10 team goes to Las Vegas Bowl, 12/22
#5 Pac10 team goes to Emerald Bowl, 12/26

Looks like the Poinsettia Bowl will take the #6 Pac10 team if it is bowl eligible and Arizona is currently #6 and bowl eligible.

UCLA is currently the #7 Pac10 team and is bowl eligible so it could get an invitation from a bowl that has an at-large open slot.

Certainly, an upset win on Saturday over USC would help UCLA's bowling chances.

Go Bruins!

Devotional Thoughts: And so he died, old and full of years ...

The Epilogue to Job ...

After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has." So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job's prayer.

After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver an…

Sports: UCLA vs. ASU this Saturday

There are no national championship implications.

There are no BCS implications.

They aren't vying for the Pac10 title.

Both teams are clawing at the chance to be bowl eligible with 6 wins.

For UCLA a win gets them their sixth.

For ASU a win gets them their fifth which allows them a shot at six on their final game of the regular season.

So in the grand scheme of College Football, the game is an after thought.

But for Bruins fans who have seen the program fall on hard times, this is a big moment.

After last season's 4-8 finish, the goal this year was six wins and a shot at a bowl game.

They are on the verge.

Wall-to-wall coverage can be found at the "blog of the Bruins, by the Bruins, for the Bruins."

Go BRUINS!

UPDATE: Bruins 23 ASU 13! The Bruins now have a shot at going bowling. Next week, it is the showdown with dreaded cross-town rival, USC. They have won 9 of the last 10 faceoffs. I would anticipate USC would be favored despite the struggles they have had this year. No…