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Moving Day

January 2, 2008

It’s been a good few months here at After Darkness Light blog. And the good days roll on, just not here. I hope you’ll bookmark our new blog at After the Handbasket. The world has gone to the bad place in a you-know-what, but we’re asking, with defiant and hopeful faith in the Living God, “What comes after the handbasket?”

Al and I have teamed up with our good friend Rob Hadding in a funky new blog fusion, where we will post on all things theological, cultural, political, personal, and epidemiological. OK, I doubt we’ll post on anything to do with epidemiology, but the other stuff is true.

Tell your friends and come on over to the new place.


We Is Smarter Than This

November 16, 2007

cash advance

Apparently the Alexander Schmemann quote is the only think keeping us out of Elementary School. 

HT:  O’Donnell Web

al sends

5000 and Ticking (or Tic-ing)

July 17, 2007

I moved this to the top of the Blog, using some mad skills – al sends

Sometime today one of you will be the 5000th visitor to the site…  Do me a favor and take a screen capture of the site counter below the blogroll and send it to me.  If you do that I will send you something cool (by my definition). 

 If you miss the 5000th I will take 5001, 5002 etc…  Basically whoever is the closest to 5000 after we reach that mark, send me the screen cap. and you will get what is probably the best present ever (again by my definition). 

 (Don’t just sit there hitting refresh or F5 all day… Do something constructive for the Kingdom.)

 In Christ

al sends

A Few New Links Added

July 17, 2007

If we may draw your attention to the right hand side of the screen… You will notice a new category called “Pastors We Like.”   We will be posting some of our favorite pastor’s blogs in this section, with Jeff Meyers taking up the first slot.  We will not do like Doug Wilson and link, let’s say Peter Leithart, in both the Pastors We Like section and the Deep Thinkers section.  That is just gratuitous and while we can’t prove it, we believe it to be a cheap trick, making  it look like we know a bunch of people. 

We have also added S.G.’s Blog, “Mutiny on the High Seas,” under our Friends and Family category.  She has the distinction of being the first woman blogger to be linked here.  Some of you thought that St. Anne’s Public House was a woman and refused to click the link because of misguided interpretation of 1 Cor 11 and that is unfortunate.  Please do not do that to Susan, she deserves better.

One last one…  Team Pyro is under the Apologetics category.  They love the Gospel and strive to tell others the Good News of Salvation in Christ Alone.  Read them from time to time, you will be edified (even if they are a bunch of flaming Baptists).   

Grace and Peace,

al sends


July 13, 2007

We are quickly approaching 5000 visitors to this here little blog… Should we mark the milestone or bask in our humility by not pointing it out?

I guess it is too late to do the latter so let’s do the former. What shall we give away? I notice that Frank Turk’s Pawn Shop is still up and running, perhaps a T-shirt or a mug from Frank or how about a book? We will see if we get any reaction (better yet more traffic) and then proceed.

al sends

I want to be Frank Turk

March 21, 2007

Not really… I just want his stats.

Awhile ago Frank had a little contest. As he was approaching 200,000 visitors to his BLOG, he invited us to capture the moment his hit counter rolled over. The visitor who pushed him over the edge and took a screen capture of the momentous occasion would receive a T-shirt from Frank’s pawnshop.

Well, we are about to roll over 1000 visitors.


While this number includes my lovely wife, who visits regularly, we do have several visitors not related to me who stop by our little corner of the blog-o-sphere.

So, if you are visitor 1000. Take a screen capture with the hit counter in it and email it to me. I will provide you with one of three wonderful prizes:

  • If you are my wife you get a foot rub.
  • If you live in the Pensacola area but are not my wife I will buy you lunch.
  • If you live in Arkansas (or some other third world country) I will buy you one of Frank’s T-Shirts.

Boy this is going to bring in the traffic!

al sends

By the way the hit counter on this site is at the bottom of the right hand column.

Writing More Gooder

March 16, 2007

I am not a writer… What I mean is, I don’t write well.  David often corrects my posts after I post them (thank you David).  Sometimes I have really great thoughts but when I put them to paper they suffer from, ummm, grammar issues and such.

OK. So what? Well, I want to better myself in this area. I really do! There are a couple sites I have come across that may help in this endeavor.

First, Mark Horne, a well written blog, linked to this site, containing well written articles and essays. The essay I linked to is from George Orwell, author of 1984 and Animal Farm. Here is a short quote from that essay:

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation, even among people who should and do know better. The debased language that I have been discussing is in some ways very convenient. Phrases like a not unjustifiable assumption, leaves much to be desired, would serve no good purpose, a consideration which we should do well to bear in mind, are a continuous temptation, a packet of aspirins always at one’s elbow. Look back through this essay, and for certain you will find that I have again and again committed the very faults I am protesting against. By this morning’s post I have received a pamphlet dealing with conditions in Germany. The author tells me that he ‘felt impelled’ to write it. I open it at random, and here is almost the first sentence that I see: ‘(The Allies) have an opportunity not only of achieving a radical transformation of Germany’s social and political structure in such a way as to avoid a nationalistic reaction in Germany itself, but at the same time of laying the foundations of a co-operative and unified Europe.’ You see, he ‘feels impelled’ to write – feels, presumably, that he has something new to say – and yet his words, like cavalry horses answering the bugle, group themselves automatically into the familiar dreary pattern. This invasion of one’s mind by ready-made phrases (lay the foundations, achieve a radical transformation) can only be prevented if one is constantly on guard against them, and every such phrase anaesthetizes a portion of one’s brain.

I wish I could write like that. I am sure there many who stand in agreement.

al sends

Some categories

January 25, 2007

We are beholden to several bloggers as we attempt to organize ourselves in the ether. That being the case, there will be some categories that will look a tad familiar. So, we would like to thank those who have gone before us, done the hard work and made our task here easier. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well, we are nothing if not sincere.

Here are some of our up coming categories:

  1. Lord’s Supper Meditations. These are taken from our worship services. We were using them before we saw their blogs; but Pastors Doug Wilson and Peter Leithart should be flattered here.
  2. Exhortations. Ref. the above.
  3. Worldview. If you post about this subject be flattered, chances are we saw your posts and said, “We like. We like a lot.” Nancy Pearcy should be REALLY flattered. Have you read her book yet?
  4. Church life. DW gets flattered again. Are you concerned he is going to get a big head? Don’t worry there are plenty of folks out there who don’t write nice things about Pastor Wilson. He lists some of them on his website.
  5. Exposition of Scripture. We get “words of knowledge” on occasion. They are usually contained in some work by Spurgeon, Edwards or Calvin. They are above being flattered.
  6. Apologetics and the like. We flatter so many people with this one we could start our own cult.

There will be more to be sure.

The obligatory first post (part II)

January 25, 2007

To make a long, unreadable, blog entry short and more readable let me bring you to where we are now…

Our church has always been semi-covenantal in our worship, in how we view our children, and in our general view of church life. This bent toward things covenantal worked through us and as we studied “The Covenant” the elders moved the church to practice what we had come to believe the Bible taught. In 2006 we formally adopted the Westminster Confession of Faith (with some slight pastoral exceptions) as our confession.

We strive toward catholicity in our understanding of the visible church, making our statement of faith required for membership as broad as we think possible. Not everyone at Providence agrees with every tenent of Presbyterian government, covenant baptism, or covenant renewal worship, yet we have great unity over the essentials of the faith and in worldview.

So we bring this BLOG into being for the following reasons:

1. We are serious about the things of Jesus Christ.

2. We love the Church!

3. Worldviews matter.

4. Worship determines worldview.

5. French or no French we can be pretentious. This BLOG will allow us to stay in-touch with the little people.

6. It will allow an outlet for our humor.

7. Finally, we need your help in improving our spelling.

Let the posting begin…

The obligatory first post (Pt1)

January 25, 2007

This post should explain our reason for being. There is a French term for that but who wants to be pretentious? Not we! I say we though right now it is just “I.” My fellow Pastor David may begin posting here as well but he is a busy man with a bunch of little ones. So for now I will begin this little venture, walking where my betters have gone and lighting a match to get a better look at their klieg lights.

 I am a staff elder at Providence Community Church, currently a candidate church of the Confederation of Reformed Evangelicals (CREC). We began that journey in 2001 with 4 families meeting in the living room of my friend Sam’s house.

Four families with 15 children between us – young ones – babies even – and we had no desire to leave them in the spiritual care of others. We wanted them with us in worship and Bible study and (eventually) communion. This and some other “Church Life” type situations put us out of place at our Founders Friendly Southern Baptist Church. So, by mutual agreement, we began a new work.

We were leaving a Baptist Church but we could not call ourselves Baptist since we took a very un-Baptist position on Baptism. We were willing to take into our body those who were professing believers and their children (and here’s the killer) and had been baptized as infants. Nope not Baptist. 

More a bit later…

Al sends