25 November 2011

This 'n' That

Well, it's that time of year again. The time of year when it seems like all 7 billion people in the world are in Target at the same time. The time of year when people think it's okay to wear a santa hat wherever they go. The time of year when we decide we need to boycott stores that won't say "Merry Christmas," as if we expect a pagan organization to acknowledge Christ and adhere to some sort of Christian ideal. The time of year when you get "Jingle Bells" stuck in your head instead of some mind-numbingly repetitive praise song (the jury's still out on which of these is worse). Yes, the holiday season has officially begun. It's likely that most of us have resolved, as in years past, that this will be the year when we focus less on the worldly elements of the season, and more on the true meaning of Christmas. And it's just as likely that, when December 26 rolls around, we'll realize that we once again failed in this endeavor. I urge you to address this in prayer this season. I know I will be! Wrapping paper rips, bows crumple, toys break, and clothes shrink. Jesus Christ and the free gift of salvation by grace alone through faith alone...now there's a present worth sharing.

I know it's the day after Thanksgiving and there's still a lot to do. Some of you have perhaps already emptied out the mall, catching the best in Black Friday deals. Some of you still have to wash yesterday's dishes. And some of you have big plans to spend the day napping on the couch. Whatever your agenda calls for today, take some time out to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Not our own righteousness:


  1. NO...NO...NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Why...why...why did I have to click on the link to the Wham song!?!?!?!?!? I was almost 99% sure it was going to be that song and I stupidly clicked the link anyway. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! My poor eyeballs, eardrums and brain! I wonder if there's an app that can erase my memory!

    I'm with you on this one...not only is it one of the worst Christmas songs (if you can call it that), but it's also, in my mind, one of THE worst songs ever written. I cringe every time I hear it on the radio and change the channel. Thankfully, they only play it this time of year!

    If you can believe it, I was in my local Christian bookstore this week and they were playing the WOW Christmas CD. I think the series has been around since the mid 90s and usually features a compilation of Christian music from each year. This one was a compilation of Christmas music and, I'm not kidding, "Last Christmas" was on it sung by Britt Nicole. Thankfully, I was walking out the door at the time. I guess the song must be "christian" enough to be put on the CD(??).

    The other song that's just as cringeworthy this time of year is "Hey Santa" by Wilson Phillips. Can't stand that one either.

    Gotta go and find something to do that will hopefully help me forget what I've just seen!:)

  2. Very disappointed in your assessment of the Wham Christmas carol. It really would have been perfect for the initial Escalator Church holiday service. I suppose that next you will object to "Highway to Hell" for the Easter vespers. I am seriously reconsidering my membership.

  3. Agree totally with Dave. Glad I didn't click on yet.
    Thanks for posting the MacArthur sermon. That was really good!
    And the woman with the pepper spray....I'm speechless.

  4. Dave,
    Please accept my sincerest apologies. Perhaps I should have begun that bullet point with a warning! In fact, maybe I will go back and add one now! :) Indeed, that song is a worse one to get stuck in your head than some of the repetitive, girly praise choruses of today! It makes me really sad to know that a remake was included on a so-called "Christian" compilation album...but it doesn't surprise me. I hope you were able to squeeze "Last Christmas" out of your brain! :)

  5. Anonymous #1,
    To be honest, I contemplated using that song for this first Christmas at Escalator Church, however, I thought perhaps "Christmas Island" would be more fun - then we could go with a Hawaiian theme. I'd love your thoughts on that! I'm just not sure that we've yet become relevant enough to tackle a song from the early 80s. Maybe next year...

    Oh, and I'm already beginning to think about Easter. Again, I'm not sure we can pull off "Highway to Hell," but I am open to suggestions...

    I do hope that you'll reconsider your reconsideration of membership. :)

  6. Pam,

    And all this time I assumed people carried pepper spray but never really used it...guess I was wrong!

    Yes, if you don't want to spend the next 3 days humming Wham's "Last Christmas," do not click on that link! :)


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