Thanksgiving Day 2014

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The Master’s Table – offering God honoring, Christ centered blogging since 2008. On the one hand that’s pretty awesome. On the other hand that means annual activities, like Thanksgiving Day, have already been done. I’m not sure I have much more to say on that subject.

Here is a Thanksgiving sermon that I was looking at earlier this morning. I found it lurking in the dark shadows of the archives, all the way back from 2008. I preached a very similar sermon this year without even realizing this post existed. A key difference was the inclusion of Revelation 15:3-4 which relates the Song of Moses to the Song of the Lamb  solidifying Moses as a type of Christ and connecting the Old Testament to the New.

I did write something new this year on My Other Blog. #27 on my 30 Days of Thanksgiving adventure could alternately be titled I Am Thankful for Thanksgiving. I put on my history teacher hat and outline the ways in which Thanksgiving is and is not a religious holiday. Easter and Christmas are Christian holy days, Thanksgiving is sort of the 4th of July of religious holidays. It’s as American as pumpkin pie. (wink)

 

30 Days of Thanksgiving

NaBloPoMoNovember is National Blog Posting Month – NaBloPoMo – when bloggers commit to posting at least once each day for 30 days. I accepted the challenge in the form of 30 Days of Thanksgiving. While I haven’t posted much on this blog lately, I am up to day #13 on My Other Blog. The most recent post is about the annual Pastor Appreciation event in Atlanta hosted by Faith Talk 970/ 104.7 The Fish. Several SBC state conventions had their annual meeting this week and I will be writing about the Georgia meeting soon.

There is a My Other Blog RSS feed in the left-hand column of this page or click here to check out the latest posts. 30 Days of Thanksgiving because God is good all the time! 

Wednesday Link List

Screenshot 2014-10-08 at 8.57.58 AMFollowers of our Facebook page know that every Wednesday we post a link to the Wednesday Link List via Thinking Out Loud. That site is acting a little buggy right now and the The Master’s Table page is not working at all. Not everyone is on Facebook so it’s good to share a little link love right here every now and then. I don’t know how he does it but Paul also posts every other day of the week, not just Wednesdays, so you might want to check out some of his other work as well.

Variation on a Theme

other blogI got some good advice early on when it comes to blog design: find something that works and leave it alone. Some people spend more time switching themes and changing colors than they do writing. Messing with the major design elements, such as theme, isn’t something I do often.

You will not see any changes at The Master’s Table, but the three column theme was just no longer necessary on My Other Blog. I did a major overhaul Thursday morning and spent the day tweaking things to get the look just so. I think you will find the text easier to read if nothing else. Then last night I noticed something that had been overlooked; page view number one million slipped by sometime in recent weeks. If you’re heading over to the Other Blog anyway, check out this post on a difficult to calculate milestone.

And thanks!

Thank You for Following

200 followsI’ve been blogging since 2008. Back then everything was about blog rolls. If other bloggers listed you that was a good sign. I worked to build a useful blogroll so that readers could interact with my blog friends and vice versa. Today blogs have integrated with social media. There are over 150 followers of the Master’s Table Facebook page and sharing any blog post with Facebook or Twitter is as easy as one click.

For those of you who follow – via email, RSS feed reader, social media or what-have-you – thank you. That’s all. From one Christ follower to another, peace and God bless.

Small Churches, Bi-Vocational Pastors, and Their Role in the SBC

Screenshot 2014-09-18 at 9.55.55 AMLet me first mention the new look of the Baptist Press website. The new site design rolled out yesterday (Sept 17) and includes a few new features as well.

If you looking at the new BP site anyway, go ahead and read this article about the first meeting of the Bivocational and Small Church Advisory Council of the SBC. Continue reading