Top 5 Posts of 2011

Hello! This afternoon I am leaving for the Encounter College Retreat at Miracle Camp in Lawton, Michigan to hang out with some cool college folks. I have noticed a lot of the blogs I follow posting their top posts of 2011, so I figured I’d do the same. Here are the top five posts from this blog in 2011.

1. Five reasons why you should sponsor me so I can buy an iPad2 — This is my personal favorite post of the year and it brought about 750 views to the blog in one day, the most I’ve ever gotten in a day. Also, hilarious that I now have an iPad 2 and have already posted to this blog from it. :)

2. IU head coach Tom Crean’s face following win over #1 Kentucky — This post got most of its views because I was the first blogger to post on the subject and was the number one search result any time someone searched for “tom crean’s face.”

3. Tebow will both win and lose this weekend — My second favorite post of the year, a lot of fun to write. This post generated the most discussion on Facebook of the year out of any of my blog posts.

4. A sin to be a democrat? — Necessary post. Bear down for election time!

5. Favorite song on the new Owl City album, “All Things Bright and Beautiful” — This post was by no means profound, but I think I can credit its high traffic to teenage girls searching for Owl City.

Those are the top posts of 2011. I am off to a retreat this weekend and will be back on January 1st! Have a great new year and enjoy time hanging out with friends! Thanks for reading and supporting this blog, I hope to make it even better in the coming year!

-Chris

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“Happy Holidays” is somewhat encouraging to me

Hi there. It’s December 27th and I hope you all had a very merry Christmas. But, I am posting today about that very phrase, or rather, its political correct counterpart, “Happy Holidays.”

A lot of Christian folks I know get all outta-whack when they hear the phrase because it does not acknowledge the holiday they celebrate, or because it takes the “Christmas” out of the traditional holiday greeting and thus, takes Christ out of it. This is certainly a valid point of concern (though I think the hullabaloo gets a bit out of hand), but I would like to propose an alternative view.

If you’re a Christian who gets bent out of shape at the politically correct greeting being used instead of “Merry Christmas,” nod your head if you also get annoyed by the commercialization of Christmas and attempt to preserve the “Christianness” of it as much as possible. I am going to assume most of you nodded your heads (physically or in spirit) because the line of thinking is the same in both areas of concern.

I propose to you this idea: People saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is actually a sign of the world acknowledging Christmas as a predominantly Christian holiday, and this is a good thing. You see, by not saying “Merry Christmas” the world is recognizing that Christmas is Christian and not for a holiday for all faiths (an unusual, but encouraging move away from nominal Christianity). To the Christian who is irked by “Happy Holidays” and the commercialization of Christmas, this phenomenon ought to be an encouraging one; reclaim the Christian holiday as a proclamation of the incarnation from the grips of Macy’s and Hallmark.

Christians need not be angry about the lack of “Merry Christmas” greetings, but be encouraged and seize the opportunity to say “Merry Christmas” in its fullest and truest meaning. Reclaim the greeting, reclaim the holiday. Christmas is no ordinary holiday, and it’s about time we appreciate the opportunity to set it apart from consumerist culture.

Have a nice day!

-Chris

Christmas Eve 2011

Hey readers.

Today is supposed to be a Saturday Post, but as you all know, it’s Christmas Eve and kind of a hectic day for everyone.  I just thought I’d write a nice, short Christmas Eve post for ya’ll instead of gathering all the junk I’ve read and seen on the Internet this past week.

I just wanted to extend a big thank you to all of you who read this blog regularly, whether I advertise it on Facebook or not.  Thanks for caring about what I have to say despite the often useless nature of what goes on here.  This place, my blog I mean, is where I publicly think to myself and allow you all to see a little bit of what goes on inside my head.  There are obviously sensitive things that I post (and also many that I do not), and I thank you for reading them and taking them in stride, not thinking I’m a complete lunatic.

As this year comes to a close, I just wanted to say thanks.  This time of year gets me, and many people, all emotional and nostalgic.  I just really appreciate all of my friends, family, distant acquaintances, and old pals that read the words I type on here.  In addition to thanking, I’d also like to apologize.  Not for anything in specific, but I just apologize for how I’ve wronged you, yes you, if I could have ever loved you in a more Christlike way.  I am daily trying to grow in love because, as Paul says, without love, nothing else matters much.  I’ve been an idiot in my life a few times (ok more than a few times) and regardless of how long ago it was, how insignificant it was, how catastrophic it was, I ask for your forgiveness.  This time of year always causes me to be extremely thankful for those I love, and extremely grieved by those I hurt.  Sadly, the same people almost always fall into both of these categories–one often takes for granted those he loves most.  I take this time to not only thank you, but apologize to you if I have ever hurt you in any way.  I am often quick to speak and slow to think before I blurt something out.  Please forgive me if I have hurt you.  I desire to become more like Christ daily and I always feel bad for the poor people who get caught in the crossfire as God and I figure out my issues.

I am thankful for every last one of you.  If I haven’t talked to you in a while, and you’re reading this, I hope this post finds you well.  I hope you’ve found an everlasting joy and peace in the Prince.  Enjoy your family this Christmas season, and love as best as you know how.  I will do the same, as I continue to grow in doing so.  May God have mercy on me and those who get the brunt of my sin, and may he give me grace to grow in love.  You’re loved, and even if it doesn’t seem like it sometimes, there is one steadfast God of love to whom you may cling and in whom you may rest.  Praise God for coming to us.

Amen.

Have a blessed Christmas.  Forgive as you’ve been forgiven, and grow in love so that others may see the glory of God.

-Chris