End of the Month Links: December

So much on, so little time!

Here are 6 of one or half-dozen of another posts I have found around the web (or are sent to me) that I have found interesting, funny, insightful, or thoughtful:

Board Game Geek Gift Guide 2015

We, as a family, invite people over to play board games on New Years Eve. While this list may be a bit late it has a lot of great suggestions for family fun.

Are There Degrees of Sin?

In this season of resolutions, take this article under consideration.

Excerpt: “It’s not that we’re called to be lax on sin, for there are certain sins listed in the New Testament that are serious and ought not be allowed in the church. Adultery is serious. Incest calls for ecclesiastical discipline. Drunkenness, murder, and fornication are repeatedly mentioned. These sins are so destructive that they call forth church discipline when they are manifested. It’s clear that we have different degrees of sin when we consider the warnings of Scripture. There are at least twenty-two references in the New Testament to degrees of rewards that are given to the saints in heaven.”

Are Smartphones Making Christianity Too Convenient?

When things become too easy and at our fingertips we may not treat them with the value they deserve!

Excerpt: “There are clear perks to these methods, including the ability to reach people across the globe. And perhaps the efficiency of these methods frees up Christians to go deeper into Bible study and evangelism. But I worry that our motivation at times is not ministry or mission, but convenience itself. Are we actually trying to make Christianity as painless as possible?”

Chesterton Casts a Spell on Tolkien

My favorite author, G.K. Chesterton and how he influenced another great writer: Tolkien!

Excerpt: “The topic of that “night talk” was what I call Tolkien’s philosophy of myth, an understanding of the priceless truth to be discovered in myths and fairy stories. It was this underlying philosophy which would inform the works of both Lewis and Tolkien in the years ahead, thereby blessing civilization with literary gems, such as The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. Although this “night talk” is rightly celebrated for sowing the seeds of such beautiful literary fruits, it is not widely known that Tolkien’s “philosophy of myth” is itself a fruit of the seeds planted by Chesterton in his work Orthodoxy, published in 1908, when Tolkien was sixteen-years-old.”

Star Wars, Super Heroes, and How Relativism Doesn’t Satisfy

Now that the movie is out, we can reflect on the message of this article written back in October.

Excerpt: “Clearly, the belief that morality is relative is increasing. It is the default position on college campuses today, and students are so entrenched in it they would rather say rape is OK than admit that there are objective values and duties to which we all must conform. The clear good/evil distinction seems out of place in such a world, so why are films that reflect is so incredibly popular, especially with the youth? I think the answer is a simple one. Moral relativism may sound great, but inside most people there’s a nagging suspicion that it isn’t true.”

A Fun Day in Roller Coaster Tycoon!

Now I feel guilty because I do this! I am glad Roller Coaster Tycoon craziness does not happen in the really world.

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