14 December 2018

This 'n' That

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Does anyone else remember what it used to mean to plan to see a movie? It meant arriving at the theater about 30 minutes early, buying your tickets, and then entering the theater and selecting your seat. Well, in case you haven't been to a movie in several years, consider this your friendly warning that things have changed.

Now, most people buy their movie tickets and choose their seats online at home, and arrive just minutes before the film is about to start. And if you didn't think ahead, when you purchase tickets at the theater, you still have to choose your seats from a screen before you actually sit down. It's all very weird.

I first experienced this a couple years ago when I ventured into a movie theater after about a 5 year unintended big screen fast. I experienced it again this week when a friend and I decided to go see White Christmas. The whole process makes me feel very old and out of touch, but it was still worth it to see Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen on the big screen. Now, I realize that White Christmas contains absolutely no spiritual or theological themes. That doesn't make it sinful, just agnostic. And while I'll always prefer Holiday Inn, White Christmas will always be a classic. Movies like this are just a fun and lighthearted addition to the season. They entertain us, but they do not point us to the One who is our focus (or ought to be) this time of year and everyday.
She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)
Yep, that's the One!

Now that I have you humming "White Christmas" the song, why not hum while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • This gift giving thing is getting out of hand.
  • For those of you who love Bing Crosby at Christmas, you might enjoy this.
  • We have to get the incarnation right, lest we fall into heresy.
  • As we celebrate Christ's first coming, let's eagerly anticipate His second.
  • I haven't read this in its entirety, but it certainly looks to be interesting!
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • The ridiculous controversy over "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a perfect lesson in the importance of considering context.
  • Hm. It's almost as if the Bible was right all along or something! Can I get a collective, "We told you so"?
For invincible perseverance in our calling, it is necessary to be animated with the blessed hope of our Savior's final advent. —John Calvin

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