04 December 2015

This 'n' That

I am that person. Yes…I love Christmas music. And while I obviously prefer the beautiful hymns and carols of Christmas that exalt our Lord and Savior (my favorite is O Come, O Come Emmanuel), I don't mind the secular classics like White Christmas (I mean, really, who doesn't like a little Bing Crosby? If you don't, I have to question your sanity) or The Christmas Song or Winter Wonderland, so long as you keep Here Comes Santa Claus or I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas far, far away from me!

What I do not understand, and what I simply am not okay with, are pseudo-Christian Christmas tunes that are played over and over and over (and over and over) on the "Christian" radio station. You know the ones of which I speak—they have terrible lyrics and even worse melodies.That's right, I'm looking at you, Christmas Shoes. I suppose there really is no difference between these songs and your typical "contemporary Christian" music—i.e., both types are horrible and should be banned from the airwaves forever. The moral of the story? There are two: first, if you want to listen to Christian music, choose songs with theologically rich and doctrinally sound lyrics; second, create your own Christmas music playlist.

Now that we have that clear, why not put a little Bing on in the background while you sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Many want Christ on their own terms.
  • "The Spirit was really moving!" Was it, really?
  • The Pope offers some unbiblical thoughts. Shocking, I know.
  • Also, this is ironic considering the Pope's words are supposedly infallible when he speaks ex cathedra.
  • How do you know those are "God's whispers" on your heart? What if it's AFib? This tells me that author Jennie Allen is one to run away from, fast.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Look, I don't care how many flowery words you use, Ann Voskamp, we cannot live out the gospel. We can live lives of holiness and righteousness in response to the gospel and by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, but unless you are the sinless Savior, you cannot live a life of perfect obedience to God the Father and you cannot die as an atoning sacrifice for sinners. Only Jesus Christ can—and did—do that. That is the gospel, and if mere men could "live that out" then why did we need a Savior in the first place?
  • If you've not been listening to Don Green's exposition of the book of Ruth, then you better start getting caught up!
  • The Cripplegate offers some thoughts on examining your faith.
  • Just in case you were wondering, this man is not a Christian.
  • Am enjoying this series on the Grace to You blog.
  • God's Lamb:

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