Weekend Picks ~ 12-9-2016

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This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

An important seasonal reminder…

The War on ChristmasJonathan Storment
Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 7.08.24 AMNow today ”Magi” sounds like a very Christmas-y word, but in the day that Christmas actually happened everyone knew that they were the outsiders.
..someone who was trained in the dark arts, things like interpreting dreams, astrology, talking to the dead. You know, just like the Wise Men in the Christmas story that you grew up hearing about.

Today, the church that stands over the Cave where Jesus was born is called the Church of the Holy Nativity…and on the Church there is a mosaic of these Magi. In 614 A.D. when the Persians invaded Jerusalem, they burned all the churches to the ground. But not this one. When they saw the Magi dressed in traditional clothes of the Persians they said here is a church that respects our traditions, and they decided not to destroy it. This little detail may sound trivial to you, but I think that it is incredibly inspiring.

The Christmas story from the very beginning calls into question all the ways we categorize the people of the world into good and bad…

Every year the 24-hour news cycle runs some story about how some retailer has decided to use the term “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” and how some people are upset because we want to do our Black Friday shopping/greed-bonanza to some Christmas carols, the way that the early church would have wanted. Now we Christians will always say things like “Merry Christmas” but my question is when did we decide that this was a policy that we needed to outsource to retail stores?


I loved this little personal memory and reflection…

It Came to Pass in Second GradeSylvia Schroeder
christmasOnce upon a time, long long ago, before people knew better than to celebrate Christmas in schools, when the principal could still haul a student to the office for a whopping, a second grade teacher formed a choir.

Now this choir was made up of twenty children all under the rule of one solitary gray haired woman. The children obeyed her completely because they all knew very well what “or else” meant, and in spite of it, or perhaps because of it, they loved her with all their hearts…


A longer article in the Washington Post for your weekend reading and consideration…

Their Tube: When every moment of childhood can be recorded and shared, what happens to childhood?
Jessica Contrera
Mark Adam adores watching other little boys who do nothing but open eggs with plastic toys inside. Max would rather watch another kid play Minecraft than play it himself. Annie doesn’t aspire to meet celebrities but the girls who get millions of views for braiding hair.

Kids have always learned by mimicking their peers. Now, the children watching YouTube are seeing role models who don’t just play — they perform. They’re not just experiencing childhood, but constantly considering how their experiences will be perceived by an audience.


For church leaders…

How Your Control Freak Tendencies Stunt Your Church’s GrowthCarey Nieuwhof
control freakThere’s a lid that comes with your control freak tendencies. You will eventually hit a wall in which the size of your church shrinks back to the size of your personal span of care. Until you let go.

In other words, if you want to limit your church’s growth, attempt to control everything…

Here are 5 insights that help me remember that controlling everything means you will eventually end up leading nothing significant…


Two Kinds of WinningSeth Godin
Image result for seth godinSome can only win when others lose.

Others seek to win by helping others succeed.

One of these approaches scales far better than the other.


More Nursery Rhyme Headlines…
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