Christmas has come early!
Actually, I was looking forward to reading Frank's post... then I realized that it was "my" day. And so, since I was thinking all yesterday that I already had enough for an SHST, here is one early. Not sure whether I'll do another Friday, or something else. Suspense!
Have fun, it's quite the mini-assortment.
- I've long said that secularists have no problem with Christians being Christians, just so long as we don't do it out-loud or in public. Rick Plasterer (seriously) argues that that principle will fall heavily and possibly terminally on Christian institutions, given the current tidal wave of totalitarian, institutionalized immorality (including compulsory approval) that is sweeping what once would have been called Christendom.
- The very people who now sneer at the fact that "Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party?" was ever asked, are having no problem with the same question posed of public persons, with the substitution of "Christian religion" for the last two words.
- Reminding one of the immortal words of Cdr. Buck Murdock.
- One last reflection on that article. Plasterer says this almost in passing: "God’s standard given in Scripture is obedience to Him regardless of pain." How many professed Christians don't even think it important to obey God regardless of inconvenience or effort, let alone pain?
Mary: "Anything else?" Reporter: "Did you know that your baby boy..." Mary's Agent: "This is in the press packet, no more questions. Thanks"
— Church Lifer (@MrChurchGuy) December 8, 2014
- Okay, this next item is not at all like the usual. I can only offer three reasons for including it... and they're stretches. First: it has footage from the Charlie Brown Christmas, including the reading from Luke, so: Christmas! Second: it features one of the very best guitar solos ever recorded by one of the very best guitarists ever to play, so: common grace. Third: it's awesome and I love it. So: my blog (in part)! Thanks to reader Keith Lamborn for alerting me to it. Enjoy, or move along to the next item.
- I loved that the creator timed the clips so well to the song, but what really won me over was the dances during the guitar solo. Awesome.
- And BTW, the song is about writing a song. In case someone's going to go all Johnny Todd on me.
- In case you didn't see it — well, (A) shame on you; and (B) go to my blog and see this lovely version of The Wexford Carol, with Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss.
Q1: If we say a tail is a leg, how many legs do dogs have? Q2: If Rick Warren says the Reformation is over, is it? #SeeWhatIDidThere
— Dan Phillips (@BibChr) December 8, 2014
- You know what's even weirder (to me) than having Rick Warren in effect say "pish-posh" to the Reformation? Having Reformation 21 publish an article lavishing praise on that wonderfully "generous" evangelical Richard Mouw! In case you don't remember, Mouw was President pf Fuller Theological Seminary for 20 years, which all by itself would be enough to raise my eyebrow. But what's more, Mouw is the man who threw Christian missionaries to Mormons under the bus, and who the Mormons love because he has proclaimed Mormonism not to be a cult.
- Do you think Harold Lindsell is looking smug in heaven? Are other saints having to tell him to stop saying "QED!"?
- So is Reformation 21 prepping an article praising the generosity of Rick Warren? Unknown.
- But the president of Covenant College agrees. So there's that.
- Well, now to something more directly seasonal, and as a reward for Frank — if he's read further than the post title — this: