So each week we track which links you liked the most. And then there was last week. I’d never seen stats like this, but our last 2 or 3 items, which were all from the same location — MichaelEPierce.com — drew a record amount of traffic. (There’s a new one this week.) How did we never hear of this site before? Anyway, the picture above is from his 2015 list of great Christmas gift ideas. Click the image. You may also click the image at the bottom which is from Arthur Sido.
- Emotional Energy Expended: The debate over whether or not to cancel services on Christmas Day this year (because it’s a Sunday) gets support from someone whose doors will be locked on December 25th.
- America’s first man in space, John Glenn died last week. He said, “To look up and out at this kind of creation and not believe in God is to me impossible. It just strengthens my faith.”
- Charity: Is this true where you live? The Vancouver Sun notes that people donate canned goods to local food banks which are capable of buying them at much reduced prices than the donors paid.
- Scot McKnight shares Walter Brueggemann’s six theses on money, possessions and the economy.
- Dialing for Doctrine: A must-read look at the Evangelical penchant for adult baptism over infant baptism. “I think what’s really going on is a kind of alternative sacramentalism, where a dramatic conversion experience, rather than baptism, is the rite of Christian initiation… Infant baptism runs counter to this entire system.”
- There’s nothing you can do to ward off Alzheimer’s Disease if the assault is inevitable, but there is one thing Christians can do to prepare.
- Leadership Lessons: An NAE podcast on setting a firm foundation for your church pastor search process.
- Quotation of the Week: “Contemporary worship is pornographic, instead of symbolic.“
- Essay of the Week: A trip to the circus, a pondering on incarnation, and the difference one tiny letter makes between two words.
- Book Excerpt of the Week: Judah Smith’s How’s Your Soul? (Thomas Nelson) “That is why this is probably the scariest book I’ve written to date… Writing about inner health, emotional stability, and other soul-related topics is a vulnerable business… How can I speak and teach on the subject when my own soul is bent and flawed?”
- Sermon of the Week: There’s so much going on when A.J. Sherrill preaches at Mars Hill Grand Rapids that if this doesn’t get you thinking, your brain is broken.
- From my vantage point, it seemed like more was revealed about the personal faith of Hillary Clinton after the election than before. In an interview with Religion News Service, she spoke about starting the Methodist ordination process.
- Canada Corner: A 44-year old teacher at a posh private school in British Columbia was fired last month for expressing his disapproval of abortion to his Grade 12 law class. “For example, he told them, many people might roll through a stop sign on a deserted country road, deeming it morally acceptable, even if unlawful. In other words, he said, in a pluralistic democracy, there’s often ‘a difference between people’s private morality and the law. I find abortion to be wrong,’ he said, as another illustration of this gap, ‘but the law is often different from our personal opinions.’ That was it, the teacher said. ‘It was just a quick exemplar, nothing more. And we moved on.'” Earlier in the year teachers were trained that “no one is 100-per-cent male or female…” (Don’t miss the reader comments, either.)
- Worship Workshop: Former Mars Hill and Willow Creek worship pastor Aaron Niequist joins Phil Vischer, Skye Jethani and Christian Taylor to talk about seeking a bigger vision of what worship can be than just God, me and God and me…
- …Learn more about Aaron’s role in a Willow Creek-based community called The Practice.
- Academic Alley: The story of 12th Century’s Christina of Markyate nearly got lost in a London house fire in the 1730s, but her story gives us a window in the role of women in medieval society.
- Apologetics Avenue: Five reasons why you should give some time to formally studying apologetics. (You can even say the professor personally invited you!)
- Parenting Place (1): Walking your teen through a time when they think God seems far away. Resisting the urge to make it seem better or to make it go away.
- Parenting Place (2): While correlation is not causation, the kids who hold on to virginity until their wedding are likely to place well in a variety of other lifestyle categories which are indicators of risks to health.
- 30-Second Devo: Y’all gonna enjoy this one.
- ♫ Audio Song of the Week: Josh Garrels is back with a Christmas album, Then Light Came Down. Enjoy the song, Gloria.
- ♫ Christmas Novelty Tune of the Week: Brant Hansen’s You’re Doing Christmas Better Than Me, recorded live on The Brant Hansen Show.
- ♫ Christmas Song of the
WeekYear: Christy Nockels’ Wrap This One Up which clocks in at 6 wonderful minutes!
- It’s The Gospel Coalition’s first ever Book Awards! (Reformers like to read and write books. Who knew?) Of the nine books selected, only three were published by Crossway. #shocking
- This just in: Donald Trump may be the Messiah who Israel has waited for. Or his forerunner. You heard it here first. Well, actually on The Jim Bakker Show.
- Is Santa Claus real? Nope. Should we go to the local shopping mall where kids are lining up to sit on Santa’s knee and tell them that their parents are lying to them?
- Finally, since you clicked ferociously when we introduced you to Matthew Pierce last week, here are some things singles can pray about their future spouse.
By the way, in case you’re wondering where it is, we’re still waiting with bated breath for the new list of the Worst Christian Book Covers of 2016 from Englewood Review of Books. Perhaps one of the following from their summer list (click the image) will win the prize.