Anyway, I found myself thinking this week, "Surely his real name wasn't Bing..." I know, a random and completely useless thought. But, just in case you're wondering, Bing Crosby's full name was Harry Lillis Crosby. There. Now you know.
Then I started thinking about the one annoying secular song that inevitably lands in my head in mid-November and stays there until sometime in January: 'Last Christmas' by Wham. It suddenly occurred to me that this is an ideal song to use as a lead-in at your favorite seeker-driven megachurch. Just think about it:
Last Christmas, I gave you my heart. The very next day, you gave it away. This year, to save me from tears, I'll give it to someone special.I can almost hear Rick Warren now: "Have you given your heart away to the wrong person in the past? This year, give your heart to Jesus. He'll never give it back to you and He'll never throw it away. Why? Because God is just mad about you! Why, He thinks you're great! So this year, give your heart to someone special: the baby Jesus."
Okay, I'll let you ponder that one as you go about your Friday and as you're humming your favorite Christmas carol, please enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Before we do anything else, let's take time today to remember Pearl Harbor.
- I don't know what's worse: this new song from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, the video that accompanies it, or Newton-John's plastic surgery.
- The Mormon Church has launched a new website encouraging compassion toward gays and reaching out to those with same-sex attraction.
- At The Cripplegate, Nathan Busenitz shares the Gospel according to Christmas carols. Loved this post.
- Still shopping for a gift for that special someone? Love pizza? Then buy them Pizza Hut's freshly released perfume. Because everyone wants to smell like "freshly baked, hand-tossed dough."
- So, one parent of a public school child got mad that the school was going to take a field trip to a church to watch a stage performance of 'Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.' So, instead of the school canceling the trip, the church caved and canceled the performance.
- Creflo Dollar's New York satellite has leased an iconic theater. Ah well, at least the place will still just be one of entertainment.
- The Christian Post celebrates how it is that T.D. Jakes installed Sheryl Brady as a so-called "pastor." Apprising Ministries has more.
- Another great post from The Cripplegate, as Mike Riccardi demonstrates that the Word of God is not imprisoned.
- Oh, TLC, do you ever produce worthwhile programming? First there was 'Toddlers & Tiaras,' then 'Honey Boo-Boo,' and now, 'The Sisterhood,' where "provocative preachers' wives flaunt it all." No wonder people laugh and scoff at what they think is Christianity.
- Only if Christmas is God with us can its real message be preached.
- Don't miss Al Mohler's commencement address and charge to graduates of SBTS.
- Illinois spent over $2 million on cable for prison inmates. Trust me, you don't want to know my thoughts on that one.
- Isaac Hunter, son of the president's spiritual advisor, Joel Hunter, has resigned from his church due to an affair. His wife also claims violence and physical abuse.
- Dan Phillips reflects on the Word in Paul's writings.
- I can't decide which is more adorable: cat vs. turntable, or cat running on treadmill. So take a double dose this week.
- Ken Ham writes about a Chicago church compromise.
- This is what a protest looks like in a senior citizen's home. But seriously, taking away their Christmas tree? Pathetic.
- Cru fired someone for adhering to his complementarian beliefs. To be fair, he did know the Cru rules before he jumped on board, but this just demonstrates how much the egalitarian mindset has infiltrated the professing Christian world.
- Speaking of the complementarian/egalitarian debate, the newest issue of the Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is out.
- Muslims in Turkey are upset that an episode of the Simpsons shows God taking orders from the devil. Apparently Christians don't mind the blasphemy.
- To bring this full circle, did you know that before there was the movie White Christmas, there was Holiday Inn? It's where the song 'White Christmas' originally was sung, and it's a better film in my opinion. Here's Bing Crosby and co-star Marjorie Reynolds singing 'White Christmas.'
- I realize that I just posted a sermon by Don Green earlier this week, but I don't think anyone will complain if I post another! Here's Pastor Green preaching on 1 John 2:18, 'Winning the Battle Against False Teachers.'