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Monday Links and Bullets 12.20.10

Another Monday.  Another slew of links and bullet thoughts.  Here we go . . .

LINK OF THE WEEK

–Christmas is a tough time to be a real Christian.  This is a good read.

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

–Things to think about regarding the Christmas story.  Very short, very informative.

–Challenging article about pastoral narcissism.

Will “Ark Project” in Kentucky violate anti-discrimination laws? If you know nothing of this, it is an interesting set of developments and this is one piece of commentary.

Evolution doesn’t fit the evidence.

FOR PARENTS

How to destroy your child’s imagination.  Looks like a good read.

–You just never know how a baby will turn out, do you?

GENERAL INTEREST

–A short read on Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook and Time person of the year.  This points out how quickly our world is changing, and offers a few points as to why.

Ever wonder how they de-ice planes?

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

  • Ever get tired of people getting on the interstate at 45 m.p.h.?  Seems like it happens a lot.  Use the accelerator people, it’s the skinny one on the right!
  • There is a ton of sickness (nasty stomach virus type nastiness) going around.  I am praying hard for people who have it, and I am praying hard I don’t get it – especially this week!
  • Awesome time at our Christmas Variety Night last night.  Fun service.
  • If you’re thinking about reading through the Bible in 2011, maybe now is the time to discuss it.
  • I’m glad the Browns have lost the last two.  As good as they looked earlier in the year, it’s now revealing that their coaching just can’t compete as the year goes on.  Adjust, people!
  • Speaking of football, there was an epic collapse in New York (okay, NJ) yesterday.  Philly came back from 21 down and beat the Giants on a punt return with no time left.  Not sure the Browns could even lose a game like that.
  • Have a great Christmas.  If you’re only celebrating it to feel good, that feeling will collapse soon.  If you’re celebrating it because you love Jesus, your love for Him will sustain you for the rest of your life.

Monday Links and Bullets 12.13.10

Here are this week’s links.

LINK OF THE WEEK

Is it too repetitive to talk about the gospel all the time?

CHRISTIAN FAITH

Spend well this Christmas.

Should Christians play football?  Certainly an interesting read.

Five reasons to send your pastor to a conference. Seriously, this is not a suggestion or a plea, but I thought I would share.  It’s interesting.

–Your life is unique.  There are some things you will never do.

FUNNY AND INTERESTING.

–No one was hurt.  I promise.  I really found this to be funny.

–This is truly amazing.  And very creative.

What the internet killed. From Newsweek.

About Urban Meyer.  Ouch.

–Why someone would turn down a chance at the NFL.

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

  • We had a Turkish pastor as our guest yesterday.  It was very interesting – and very, very challenging.  He did not consider himself to be special just because he faced special challenges.  He talked in a matter of fact manner about the call Jesus had placed on his life.
  • I think the Browns will finish 6-10 and Mangini will be fired.
  • I am thrilled for our friends who are UA soccer fans.  And yes, I’ll go just a smidge bandwagon and say I’m excited somebody finally won something in this town.
  • What I want for Christmas: I want people around the world to have real hope, peace, joy, and love through Jesus Christ – despite how they were raised and the political climate they live in.
  • How do you define discipleship?  I think it’s something a Christian should think through.  I think a basic definition is practicing what we know the Bible says (this involves actions based on solid learning).  How challenging is this if we think about it?
  • It is a real struggle for me to interact with tragedy and the influence of stress in people’s lives.  I truly am sorry when people suffer because of loss or physical decline of loved ones.  It is so difficult to know what to say or how to respond, other than to reassure that prayer and support are always available.  If you’re struggling because of difficult circumstances, I am praying for you!
  • Along those lines, stop for a minute and think of those you know who have lost someone – a parent, friend, or other relative.  How about sending them a card or giving them a call and letting them know that you are praying for them and that you know this time of year is difficult?  How many people would be encouraged if everyone who read this called one person or sent one card?