i've been too busy to even have a chance to write, but two demonstrative wins in a row required me to get on here and leave some photos. the steelers are getting healthier and starting to peak at just the right time. if they can keep winning, they will make the playoffs and be a team that nobody wants to face. this sunday the bengals hosted the steelers in the jungle, and they acted like it was some big gang fight (look up pacman jones' epic rant about the steelers), and then proceeded to act like a bunch of idiots, coming onto the steelers side of the field during warmups, playing dirty (i see you, burfict), and then being completely unable to back it up with their play. it was not only embarrassing for the bengals and their fans, but it showed the sharp contrast between the two franchises. as they seem to do every year, the bengals wilted under the pressure, while the steelers seemed to thrive with it. let's hope that trend continues as we move toward january football.
in our church, we are continuing with a series called "letters from Jesus," in which we are looking at the seven letters in the beginning of revelation addressed to seven churches in asia. we are imagining what it would be like if we were to receive a hand-written letter from Jesus to our church. what would it say? how would we be encouraged? how would we be challenged? we've looked at three of the letters now. this week we looked at the letter to the church in pergamum. the letter to them includes some harsh criticism of some of their behavior, but it also says that Christ understands how difficult their situation is. and in case they feel like they are stuck in their sinfulness, Jesus says something amazing to them: i will give you a new name. the world gives us so many names, doesn't it? our parents, of course, give us our birth names. but the naming doesn't stop there. it continues right on through elementary school, high school, and into t