07 December 2018

This 'n' That

I really enjoy focusing on Advent. I've never understood why so many churches shun recognition of this season leading up to the celebration of the incarnation of our Lord. It seems, in their effort to not be like the mainline denominations, they've essentially ended up being Amish, forgoing frivolities such as decorations, which are benign in and of themselves, and practices that could actually prove spiritually profitable, such as Advent. Still, to each his own, I suppose.

In that spirit, I came across this lovely post about Advent this week. I'm looking forward to reading each subsequent post on their respective Sundays. It reminds us that even things such as an Advent wreath are used to point to Christ (in other words, just because you find this practice among mainline denominations, doesn't mean it's bad). Thus, if our Advent teachings are saturated in Scripture, pointing to the Light of the World, they can indeed be helpful tools for children and adults alike.

In fact, I think it's essential for parents to use this season to focus their children's attention on Christ, though we must be mindful of the tools we use to do this. I'm in awe of my own mother, who over the years has tirelessly developed intricate and involved Advent teachings for her grandsons. I trust these projects will be treasured for many years to come and they are significant, not only because they were created with a grandmother's love, but because Jesus is at the center of every day's teaching.

Parents, I hope that you embrace this season and all of its possibilities for teaching and instruction. How wonderful it would be to see a generation of children grow to love Christmas for Who it's truly about, Christ, and to actually display that love in their lives, rather than merely professing it with their lips.

Okay, that's enough rambling for today. Only 17 days until Christmas, so you better finish up your shopping, then don some fuzzy slippers and sit back to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • How much do you know about Christmas?
  • I loved Home Improvement when I was younger, and still occasionally find myself tuning in to watch a rerun.
  • Here's a cold and flu symptom map so you can see how the ickiness is invading your neck of the woods (if you're in the US, anyway).
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I don't normally link to this website, but I thought this post should be highlighted. What also needs to be highlighted is that this isn't always only happening in "seeker sensitive" or doctrinally weak churches. This stuff happens even within the walls of doctrinally sound (on paper) churches. The sooner we acknowledge that, the better off a lot of people—especially children—will be.
  • Answers in Genesis is generously offering free downloads of their Christmas curriculum.
Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son. Oh, the wonder of Christmas. —Charles Spurgeon

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