Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

One Perspective on Religion in the Public Square

I found this to be a very-informed and balanced perspective on religion in the public square of our country, written by a Jewish law professor at Northwestern University near Chicago.

In an essay in 1997, I predicted the demise of conventional, innocuous Christian public observances as the obvious consequence of what I called the “Menorah Principle” – the notion that religious minorities must share equal, not pro rata, space with the majority religion makes public (i.e., governmental) religious symbolism effectively unworkable. In a nation with a multitude of religions followed by less than one percent of the population, giving everyone a turn will in the long run render public religious displays or any kind either meaningless, incoherent, or excessive. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Worldwide Christmas for Kids

I might be interested in trying out this Wycliffe project.

12 Days of Christmas with Kate and Mack

Christmas is almost here, and Mack and I have been traveling all around the world to learn about all the different ways Christmas is celebrated! It’s been such a fun trip, and we want to share all that we’ve learned with you. Over the first two weeks of December, you will:

1. Learn how 12 different countries celebrate Christmas.
2. Make delicious Christmas treats or fun crafts from around the world.
3. Remember the true reason for the season — Jesus Christ!

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Doubly Offensive Jesus

A very important paradox pointed out by Trevin Wax:

Jesus said He came to call sinners to repentance. The church is offended that Jesus’ call is for sinners. The world is offended that He calls for repentance.
That’s why the world minimizes His exclusive claims until Jesus is reduced to a social justice warrior who affirms people as they are. And that’s why the church minimizes His inclusive call until Jesus is reduced to a badge of honor for church folks who think their obedience makes them right with God.
You can read the rest here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Fun: Parody Tribute to Aaron Sorkin

The cast and crew of Late Night with Seth Meyers give a well-written parody tribute to the work of Aaron Sorkin. Fans of his work, especially The West Wing, will enjoy this. (Excuse one PG-rated word).

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Saving Christmas" Info and Reviews

And here we have yet another entry into the new years of of "Christian film," which seem to be also growing in their variance of format and content. Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas" is no exception. While the movie could be best described as a comedic drama, it seems to also be part-documentary, part-soapbox.

PluggedIn, the Christian parents-guide reviewer, provides us the most detailed synopsis. It barely reviews the content, but argues that the film is mostly meant for Christians (sometimes vehemently) reluctant to celebrate the extrabiblical Christmas traditions of the U.S.

The Huffington Post has yet to post a thorough review, but links to Kirk Cameron's interviews with The Christian Post and The Blaze, from which they predict this movie's message to be a historical-cultural apologetic (which Cameron has arguably done before with his documentary Monumental) for why Christmas (including all our country's traditions surrounding it) is Christian and, maybe, why it should be okay to put up nativity scenes in the public square.

Apolomedia, however, gives a review. Here's a portion:

Whether you fully embrace Christmas [including extrabiblical traditions], want to abandon it, or fall somewhere in between, the most important thing is to back it up with Scripture. Some of us will look at the world, and at history, and decide that Santa is appropriate for their household. Others, will look at how the culture has perverted the idea of Santa or how he is part of the distraction from the gospel and decide not to allow him into their home. Kirk seems to push that everyone should be in the first group and come up with a biblical reason to accept everything. However, not celebrating Santa doesn’t mean you’re a Christmas Grinch. In fact, regardless of what you do or don’t celebrate in your own home, you can use Christmas culture to tell friends about Jesus Christ. 

And here's the trailer:


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christian Bloggers, Let Mark Driscoll Be

Here are some wise, convicting and gracious reasons from a pastor's-kid-turned blogger as to why we should no longer follow Mark Driscoll's movements.

1) It really serves no good purpose.
2) It obscures Christian forgiveness.
3) It empowers skepticism toward the local church.
4) It punishes Driscoll's family.

You can read the explanations here.


HT: Samuel James