Can you remember a time in your Christian life when you were closer to Jesus than you are now? Maybe you want to change, but where do you begin? Consider Jesus’ breakfast conversation with Peter: it could change your life!
Here’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.
The Bible says to rejoice with those those who rejoice and weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15). As believers, we sometimes do the exact opposite on social media. If there is suspicion about a brother or sister, if a Christian leader makes a decision that some take issue with, if someone misspeaks, we light it up online. And then the apologies or clarifications quietly happen, if they happen at all, in less visible venues.
On Christmas day I picked up an old copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol sitting on the coffee table at my parent’s house. Throughout the day I stole thirty minutes here or there to read, and ended up consuming the whole thing. I had forgotten how much I enjoy reading Dickens.
It all started with a bit of fun I used to have with my twins when we lived in Louisville, KY. I told them a dragon lived in the drain in the middle of the “Josephus Bowl.” That year I wrote a little story to share at Christmas time called “The Dragon in the Drain.” This is the seventh year I’ve made a dragon story for the kids as a Christmas gift.
Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips,” Scrooge said, “should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.” Charles Dickens is best known, particularly at this time of year, for his character Ebenezer Scrooge. In his classic A Christmas Carol, Dickens reminds readers of the need for generosity and gratitude at Christmas. But did Charles Dickens get the gospel?
Here’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you. The next Weekend Worldview Reader will be posted in the New Year. Merry Christmas everybody!
The other night I watched the animated movie Smallfoot with my kids. It didn’t pique our interest enough to see it in theater, but looked decent enough to spend a few dollars to rent. While I often write about kids’ movies and their underlying worldviews, this one took a more explicit shot at religion.
For those who don’t follow Jesus, Christmas must seem a bit odd. Behind all the trappings of the season, what’s the big deal about celebrating the birth of a baby named Jesus? And for Christians, sometimes this time of year can be confusing for us as well, for different reasons. Sometimes it isn’t as joyous as it seems like it should be.