06 January 2017

This 'n' That

Ah, the first week of January. This is a time when many fall into that post-holiday slump, whether due to their intense love for all things Christmas that is instantly extinguished on December 26, or due to facing the reality that they won't see another break in their work schedule until May. Or perhaps you are one of those people who simply doesn't enjoy the gloomy skies of January. Regardless, it often seems that the sentiment of a "happy new year" is misplaced.

I never did understand the phrase, "happy new year." In reality, the year is really only new for one day, so are we wishing everyone a happy new day, and if so, why don't we do this every day? What is the expiration date for these well wishes? Let's face it, we will all have something lousy  happen to us this year, so does that mean the wish for a happy new year has failed? Am I the only one who thinks this is a ridiculous phrase to use so freely?

At the end of the day (or week or year), we have to acknowledge that happiness is a mere transient emotion, bouncing along the rollercoaster of our circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is something that flows forth from a heart that knows and loves God and desires to serve Him. True joy is found in Jesus Christ alone, and it does not ebb and flow with the sorrows and thrills of life. If we know this joy, let us be thankful to God and eager to share with those who have not yet bowed their knee to Him. What better way to celebrate the new year than to share the saving gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are lost?

As you ponder that thought, let me thank you for joining me for the very first 2017 week in review (kind of):
  • I think it was four or five years ago now that I first warned readers of the dangers of the Passion conference. It's still dangerous, and I appreciate this measured critique.
  • I'm not familiar with this author, but I do like this article about women's ministries and how they need to stop telling us we're beautiful and special.  
  • Are you on the fence about starting a Bible reading plan?
  • Yes, we should be troubled, but are we really surprised? Did we really expect better?
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • "The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury's Advise and Consent. Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were coloring books." Sigh.
  • I don't watch TV news, so it makes no difference to me what network Megyn Kelly represents. If this article is accurate, though, I definitely respect her choice and the motivation behind it.
  • Pet owners, if you haven't considered these things, now is a good time. Warning: this article made me cry, though perhaps that's due to all-too-fresh memories.
  • I see a Matthew 13:44 sermon illustration ruminating in some pastor's brain somewhere... 
  • Well...um...okay...
  • The bleeding of the evangelical church.
  • Here's an interesting article on why we scramble for milk and bread when it snows (HT to Elizabeth Prata for this one!).
  • Here's S. Lewis Johnson going back to Genesis and discussing the purposes of God in creation:

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