27 November 2015

This 'n' That

Looks delicious. (Source)
Well, I hope all of my US readers enjoyed a restful and blessed Thanksgiving yesterday. Are you full yet? Or do you need just one more piece of pie? After all, pie is by default a very healthy food. Fruit filling? Check. Fruit is healthy. Whipped cream? Check. Healthy bones need calcium. Perfectly flaky pie crust? Check. Because such a nutritious dish deserves a proper and pretty presentation. And let's face it, a little flour and Crisco never hurt anyone, no matter what those wacky, go-gluten-free-before-your-insides-explode blogs tell you.

And now it's on to shopping…right? Oh dear, Black Friday. I do not understand Black Friday. Perhaps more specifically, I do not understand those individuals who actually venture into stores on Black Friday. Why are we shopping for more stuff? I get it, we all need material things to survive, and sometimes we need big items, like appliances or electronics, and these are undoubtedly cheapest this time of year. But these can all also be purchased online. Please, don't let this happen to you. Black Friday truly is a horrible, awful commentary on mankind. Total depravity never shines more brightly than in the electronics department at Walmart on the day after Thanksgiving, I guess.
No. No, no, no, no, no.

My suggestion for today? The holidays are a busy time, so why not pause now to deliberately nourish your spiritual life? Many of us spent yesterday filling our bellies, but what priority do we give to the nourishment of our soul? Let the world act like the world, but let us be different, especially in this season when the "love of stuff" reigns around us. Let us love Christ and put that on clear display, for His glory, not ours.

So today, perhaps you might want to relax with your Bible. Or listen to a few good sermons, or read a good theologically sound book. And of course, I fully expect that you'll want to sit down with a cup of coffee or cocoa and a piece of leftover pie while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Speaking of Black Friday, how did it get that name in the first place?
  • I'm a little sleepy today, mostly because of this. I don't want to talk about it.
  • I know I just condemned Black Friday shopping, but like I said, if you have to do it, stay online. And if there is something you've been wanting at Amazon, now is the time to order, with 30% off any one book.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Looks like Kevin DeYoung may be helping to remedy the seeming lack of doctrinally sound children's books available to Christians.
  • Speaking of good books, Banner of Truth has many of them, and their Christmas prices are usually worth a second glance.
  • Pastor Mike Abendroth preaches on spiritual apathy from Malachi 1:


  1. thank you for this n that. enjoy getting it every week

  2. Thank you for posting the sermon by Don Green, "God's View on God's Will". At your urging in item four above (where you said five times that I "must" listen to this sermon), I did listen all the way from beginning to end. It is a very powerful, very helpful sermon, solidly based on the truths revealed in Ephesians. This was a good reminder that I need to listen to more of his sermons! Thank you.


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