Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another Year of Blogging...

Well, another year of blogging comes to an end. Thank you all for stopping by.

Special thanks of course to my co-bloggers: Alan, Carrie, Ken, and I'll even throw John Mark in. Your posts keep this blog from turning into a dull and dreary record of my studies into Luther and the Reformation. Ever notice how the comments increase when you folks post something as compared to one of my Luther posts? Thank you for your articles!

Thanks also to my dear Prosapologian friends, for their encouragement, fellowship, and work defending the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. Special appreciation to Pastor David King whose research and generosity blesses this blog more than most people realize. Thanks to Turretinfan and Steve Hays as well- the fan for his time in the comment boxes, Hays for his wit and wisdom. Thanks to Carla, Sean, and Eric for helping with the ISI blog this year.

Special special special thanks to my wife who puts up with me constantly saying, "....Just one more minute, I just have to finish writing something."

This upcoming year should be challenging. I'm planning on enrolling in a new seminary, and I'll be teaching at my church on Reformed theology starting January 3.

I've also started playing guitar again, and I've been working on learning how to play Odyssey by Steve Morse. I call this endeavor, "songs to hurt your hands by." My New Year's resolution is to be able to play this song note-for-note by December 31. If I could ever find Reformed musicians in my area, I'd put together a progressive rock / jazz band and do a CD based on the Westminster Confession of Faith or some other Reformed text.

I'd also like to finish at least one house project. Half of my downstairs hallway ceiling is tiled, and if I could just figure out how to landscape my yard, that would be wonderful. This will be the year I again try to win the battle against the Trumpet vine, affectionately known as "The Kraken."

The blog is a hobby. It isn't an attempt to be the impetus for the next Julie and Julia movie. I appreciate that anyone stops by, although I will say angry and irrational foes leaving comments does at times makes me weary. Those of you leaving encouraging comments, or take the time to defend the faith are a source of joy, and I also appreciate your efforts.

Happy New Year!


Howard Fisher said...

Thanks for another year. Perhaps Carrie will come back with more posts during 2010??? Anyway, I look forward to another year. It really is a good resource.

Carrie said...

James, thanks for letting me blog here. It's been a great experience and I've met some great people.

Perhaps Carrie will come back with more posts during 2010???

Thanks Howard, I am hoping so. If all turns out, I should have alot more time available in 2010. I've really missed being here.

Andrew Suttles said...

James - thanks for the blog! Beggars All and TurritenFan are the two best things on the internet.

Happy New Year.

BJ Buracker said...

James, Rho, Carrie, and Ken,

Thanks for the blog. I read it daily, and I genuinely the content and lively comment discussions.

Happy New Year and many blessings to you all.


Pilgrimsarbour said...

Thank you all!

I'm a big fan, and although I don't comment here very much, I read every day and ponder all the imponderables of the exchanges I find here.

I love you all and pray Christ's greatest blessings on you for the New Year and for years to come!

In Christ,


John Bugay said...

I echo Pilgrimsarbour. This site is a tremendous wealth of information, and a tremendous blessing in, as he said, understanding the "imponderables" of dialogs with Roman Catholicism.

Ken said...

Thanks James for allowing me to write here!

Thanks BJ and John and Pilgrimsarbour and Andrew!


Lily said...

Guys, long time reader, first time commenter. Thank you so much for the work you do on this was on this blog a year and a half ago I made the discovery that Roman Catholicism didn't "infallibly" define the Canon of Scripture until 1546! Needless to say, I've used that little bit of info to frustrate Catholics in the online debates I've had with them.

Again, good work here! God bless!

James Swan said...

Thanks for the kind words everyone!