Weekend Links

Weekend Links

Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: know that I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and stretch you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.

As usual, I found lots of great links this week that I wanted to share with you but that didn’t quite fit into a post. When you get a few minutes this weekend, check them out and be encouraged and challenged. Maybe even learn something. 🙂

Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.

Barnabas Piper provides a bullet point list of what’s wrong with seventeen of our favorite Christmas songs:

Mary did know. The angel told her. Read your bible.

The night was not silent. A baby was being born in a barn for goodness sake.

The little Lord Jesus did make crying. He was a healthy human baby after all.

If someone wishes you a merry Christmas but won’t leave until they get figgy pudding…

Turns out that, according to Jonathan Merritt, most of our nativity scenes have serious issues:

There’s a rubber-duck nativity for those want yuletide during their bath time, and even an Irish nativity with three wise men bearing gifts of clover, Guinness, and a pot of gold. The 2003 Christmas film Love Actually famously featured a grade-school nativity play with multiple lobsters, Spider-Man, and a large green octopus—as if pointing out the myriad strange ways the nativity can been reimagined.

And yet these nativity scenes aren’t much more far-fetched than the traditional ones…

Dave Gipson explains why “peace on earth” doesn’t mean every Christmas will be easy:

Oh, and “peace on earth, good will toward men”. Sounds ironic, doesn’t it?

That famous tagline of Christmas, copyrighted by God 2000 years ago, seems simply bursting with irony this December of 2015. Do we know of any time when the threat to world peace was so great? The conflict we face will not likely be over anytime soon, and will not stay conveniently on some foreign shore. It is even now at our doorsteps.

So how do we celebrate the “Prince of Peace” when peace is in such small supply? As war wages around us, is talk of God’s peace just a sick joke?

No. The first Christmas indeed brought peace, but not to the world…

Simon Hawkins shares ten worship songwriting tips:

Fresh from a stint at the Write About Jesus (WAJ) songwriters’ conference in St Louis, Missouri, Simon Hawkins reveals his top-10 worship writing tips to check when you’re next rewriting…

Marshall Segal shares a timely and seasonal comparison between two well known green characters – Yoda and the Grinch:

Along with the rest of you, still filled with the galactic wonder and nostalgia of a child born in the eighties, I’m excited to see J.J. Abrams’s latest installment. But I haven’t yet. Therefore, in the words of Master Yoda, “Not if anything to say about it I have.”

Instead, inspired by the proximity to Christmas, I’m putting a light saber into the hands of the greedy Grinch and pitting him against the Star Wars hero of blockbuster past. In the end, the two may only have a green complexion in common, but comparing them really can be an exercise in treasuring the coming of Christ, and in living and serving more like him.

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