Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Ok, that's enough!

Ok, I'll be honest - I've had enough. Enough of a lot of things, but that's my wife's compliant. I'll focus on just one: I'm ESPECIALLY had enough of ... Christmas.

I know that's not going to win me any points this year, especially with my kids. But really, I'm serious. I've had it with the whole thing.

What does keeping America's economy going, with all-night sales, endless promotions, stupid commercials and - need I say more - malls... what does all that have to do with the most awesome thing that's ever happened in human history - the incarnation of God Almighty in the form of a human? And not just any human, but one born into economic, social and relational poverty? Could the disparity in concepts be more profound?

When did this all become about us... how we want to do things, what we want, what we need, blah-blah-blah.?

How has it all come to this? Namby pamby seasonal programs, with dripping sentimentality, saying meaningless tripe like "the real meaning of christmas is family, togetherness, peace to all men" - what?? And not just on the Lifetime channel - how about this gem from a church in Naperville, Illinois?

Really... anybody have a gift idea for a gift exchange within the Godhead? Glad to see that the Creator of all things is willing to trade healing for a Playstation 3. The incredible thing is that this is viewed by the leadership of a very large "evengelical" church as funny... and important enough to show in their church services as part of the celebration of the season!

(By the way, here's your bonus video thought: Any pastors out there might consider this evangelism tool for the same Naperville multi-venue church):


Here's my suggestion: We can't really chuck the whole thing, and I'm not really against things like family (or even presents). But what if we picked another day to do something totally different from "christmas" today... that is, celebrate Jesus' birth?


For me, and maybe even my family, I'm going to try to do this on December 26 this year. I'll let you know how it goes. But somewhere in the midst of the frantic pace of the season, I'm hoping to spend some quality time with the one who's supposed to be the focus in the first place.

You may have guessed this, but I have a thought as to why we - this generation - is headed further down the spiritual marginalization path even than our parents generation. I'll start that series tomorrow, but here's your homework assignment: Read Psalm 138:2.

Now down to some housekeeping:

1. I agree with Shiloh Guy... I am totally negligent in my blogging responsibilities.

2. I think I should know who Scotland Yard is, but I probably need more of a hint then the obvious reference to past theological/recreational activities. A clue anyone?

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Anderson Cooper...

Did you catch the topic of tonight's Anderson Cooper 360 program? It's "What is a Christian?"

Check out his blog at http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/blog/2006/12/what-is-christian.html

I shouldn't be surprised, but I always am at the answers one draws to this question. From Christians. Even in the Midwest holy land.

I'd be interested in any comment on the response posted at 1:40pm Eastern, drafted by my wife's husband.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Interesting Video Clip...

Since I've been out of town - and running to catch up with life - here's a quick video thought.
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Any comments from anybody? :)