|Chicago's Michigan Avenue; Flickr user Daniel X. O'Neil|
Of course, neither of these are realities for this blogger. Instead, I call the suburbs home, with its mostly-quiet neighborhoods and sometimes too-festive neighbors. That's okay, too, though, because in the end, "Christmas spirit" has nothing to do with silver bells or Christmas lights.
It is officially December, friends. Are we fretting over the long list of presents we still need to buy? Or are we focused on the celebration of the advent of our Lord?
Ponder that, then come back here and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Well, this is terrifying.
- "Billions of people make important decisions in life based on spiritual and religious feelings and experiences." That is also terrifying, because no matter what the MRI scan shows, we cannot trust our emotions or experiences.
- Context, context, context.
- I just downloaded this book for Kindle and am anxious to read it.
- Ooh, another book I'm anxious to read!
- Here's your weekly dose of adorable (HT to Lori for this one!).
- Oh, Liberty University. You are nothing if not consistent...consistently foolish.
- So, um, Perry Noble is back with a new gimmick.
- Don't let this happen to your children.
- We ought to carefully measure our words.
- Is it sinful to use profanity? Josh Buice points us to Scripture and demonstrates the reasons (beyond mere moralism) why a Christian should not use foul language.
- I love this short post by Denny Burk, wherein he shares his family's advent calendar tradition. What a simple, but effective way to keep Christ central!
- Speaking of advent calendars, I'm not so sure about this one.
- John MacArthur on the true Christmas spirit (a short but needed message):