07 December 2012

This 'n' That

Photo: BingCrosby.com
By now it should be evident that I am a fan of Christmas carols. And of course, it wouldn't be Christmas without a little Bing Crosby. It is impossible to dislike this man's voice. What a gift! And no, I've no idea what was the spiritual condition of Crosby, though I fear if I did it would make me quite sad.

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):
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dr. William Varner of The Master's College has written a 3-part series on the myths of the Magi. Start with Part 1 before reading Part 2 and Part 3.
  • 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.'


  1. Ebenz,

    I seem to remember that last year about this time you included a link to that horrid song "Last Christmas" and here you go again.

    Why do you hate your readers?

    1. Probably something in those Cheetos she keeps eating that brings out the Wham in her..

  2. Lol, "pizza hut perfume"?

    I've made so many pizza's @ Papa John's over the years that I smell like the dustinator, the dough. Now that I stepped down from being a manager to deliverer, the pizza smell is in my car-it doesn't smell like a car,, I don't even smell it anymore. Actually I'm tired of pizza~ No thanks


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