Welcome to December! I cannot believe it’s actually here. (Seriously, how have the last few months gone by so quickly?) With a new month comes new freebies from Christian Audio and Logos Bible Software. Also worth considering is John Broadus’ A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons for 99¢.
What is newsworthy is the religious undertone of the Cosmopolitan article. It reads like a heresy hunt. The magazine has “uncovered something many fans will likely want an explanation for—a startling revelation that has left many wondering where Chip and Jo stand.”
Buzzfeed is seeking clarification from HGTV, hoping (apparently) to hear the Gaines recant their pastor’s heretical beliefs. Until then “their silence speaks volumes.”
Samuel James also asks 10 questions of Buzzfeed in light of this debacle.
The number of women and girls seeking abortions in the United States dropped by one-fifth between 2004 and 2013, a new report shows. The abortion rate is the lowest it’s been since 1969 when the government started tracking the procedure.
I learned something new from this video:
I have a theory. I have no empirical means to test this theory, but I think the weight of the scriptures mentioned above supports it. Simply put, on any given Sunday there is a small country church, at the end of a sleepy dirt road, attended by a handful of people, where the gospel is preached. Likely, the preacher spends the day before Sunday, not in a well-appointed study, but on the bumpy seat of tractor. His sermon is not fancy or filled with rhetorical flourish. But his sermon is the gospel. And, unbeknownst to him or his humble congregation, the unseen countless hosts of heaven gather round, pressing their faces against the windows to take in every beautiful word.
Andy Naselli’s post is helpful (especially in light of yesterday’s book review).
Sometimes I learn a lot from conversations I was never intended to hear.
This happened once as I was stopping by my local community bookstore. It’s a small, quiet store, so it was impossible not to eavesdrop as I heard a young man tell his friend how much he hated Christmas. To be honest, the more he talked, the more I understood his point. This man wasn’t talking about the hustle and bustle of the holidays, or about the stresses of family meals or all the things people tend to complain about. What he hated was the music.
A favorite from the archives:
As anyone who’s been reading this blog for at least a year knows, I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music, especially a lot of the stuff geared toward Christians (far too much “Mary Did You Know,” not nearly enough “Child of Glory”). I’ve shared a few examples of what I think are good and bad Christmas songs in the past (and I stand by them all), but today I wanted to share a few albums that even grinches like me can enjoy.