I have been thinking a lot about Christmas. And not just Christmas in general, but the things which distract us from Christmas. This weekend I preached a sermon about how all of the traditions and parties in the Christmas season can blind us to how God might want to work in our lives during this time of year. This is also a problem for nerds and there are some very specific nerdy distractions of which we need to be aware. Continue reading
Archive for November, 2011
I love Christmas music and now that we’re through Thanksgiving I am listening to Christmas music nonstop. Whether that’s on my iPod or tuning into one of XM’s holiday stations, I am filling my life with Christmas music. I love all of the traditional Christmas carols; a lot of them have really deep theological meanings. There are also a lot of great secular Christmas songs that don’t have anything to do with the birth of our Lord and Savior. Here are some of my favorite secular Christmas songs.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.
Princess Leia’s hope was that General Kenobi would aid the Rebel Alliance in their struggle against the Empire.
When Luke saw the message his hope was to save the princess and maybe win her heart.
Ben Kenobi’s hope was that in Luke he would find someone to whom he could pass his knowledge of the force.
Hope pushed the princess to make a desperate plea. Hope pushed young Skywalker to leave his home. And hope pushed old Obi-Wan to invest in a headstrong farmer.
Hope also pushed Israel’s prophets to look for the coming Messiah. Hope pushed them to wait for God’s anointed who would come and make things right. And hope pushed them to write down their prophecies about the one who was to come. Continue reading
Today is Black Friday and a lot of people are going crazy. I’ve never waited in line for a Black Friday sale and I generally do my best to avoid the mall and shopping centers the day after Thanksgiving. In America, though, Black Friday is becoming more and more culturally relevant and it’s even expanding into Thursday night. With its burgeoning popularity, I thought we’d look at five biblical characters and how and where they would have spent Black Friday. Continue reading
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift comes from God.
Thanksgiving is a day to reflect on the many things for which we’re thankful. Thankfulness is incomplete, though, if we don’t show gratitude to the ultimate source of everything good in our lives. We can appreciate the good things in our lives and enjoy them and revel in them, but that appreciation, enjoyment and revelry should always lead back to their source: the Father of heavenly lights. Continue reading
I was really excited when I saw that the animated X-Men series was on Netflix. That show premiered at the height of my comic nerdiness and I was glued to the television for 30 minutes every afternoon. That excitement waned, though, when I actually watched an episode.
The show that I had once loved just didn’t seem that good anymore. The plotlines didn’t make much sense and the dialogue was slow and melodramatic. I had idealized the X-Men cartoon and nostalgia made me unable to see that it wasn’t very good.
I think the same thing happens with pumpkin pie. Continue reading
I’ve never seen the Star Wars Christmas Special. I’ve heard that it is insane, terrible and awesome all at the same time. It does seem a little odd that inhabitants of a galaxy far, far away would engage in some of the same holiday traditions of our galaxy. Even though odd, it does seem like a rather entertaining prospect. Here’s what a Star Wars Thanksgiving might look like. Continue reading
The other day I was driving on the freeway and I saw a license plate frame that said this:
“Don’t believe? You’d better hope you’re right.”
From the other bumper stickers emblazoned on the vehicle I knew the frame meant belief in Jesus Christ. And not just belief in him as a historical figure, but as the Son of God and one true way to eternal life.
I was taken aback by the license plate frame because it seemed a little antagonistic, like a bully demanding lunch money. Instead of inviting someone to believe in Jesus Christ, the license plate seemed content for people to remain in their disbelief. Instead of open and accepting arms, the license plate framed seemed to shut people out and allow them to see the ultimate folly of their unbelief. Continue reading
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Frodo was looking at an uncertain future and he was scared. He didn’t know how his tale would unfold or if he would even live to see its completion.
Sometimes we can feel a lot like Frodo. While our futures don’t include Mt. Doom and Nazgûl, they can still seem rather uncertain. And when facing an uncertain future it’s only natural to be scared. Continue reading
Yesterday I wrote about some church nerds who have been made obsolete because of advances in technology. Another casualty of technological advancement is the compact disc. I have boxes filled with old CDs, safely tucked away in their jewel cases, filling up our small garage. The compact disc is a casualty of the digital age and one of the enduring questions has to be: what do we do with all of these old CDs? Here are a few suggestions. Continue reading