December 22, 2010
Url's Links of the Week
Stuff these articles, videos, and stories in your stockings.
Urthlings, this is your leader. Here are videos, articles, and blog posts you should be reading this week. Live long and proselytize.
Peace on Urth,
The war on Christmas just got ugly. The leaders at Repent Amarillo—a group describing themselves as “outside the box in terms of traditional American Christian practices”—have executed Santa Clause by firing squad. Despite his Christian roots, Santa was found guilty of idolatry, being a stumbling block, and inciting covetousness. My only question is, WWJD?
Save the Date
A woman in North Carolina believes Jesus will return on May 21, 2011 (which happens to also be Mr. T’s birthday). She’s even gone so far as to decorate her car to remind everyone to keep the day open.
Grinch Succeeds in Iraq
With the threats toward Christians in Iraq mounting and thousands fleeing the country, news now comes that Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Monsignor Louis Sarko of Kirkuk has canceled the "feast of Christmas." And in Baghdad only one church will be celebrating the day. One Iraqi Christian said, "You sit somewhere and you're afraid; you go shopping and you're afraid; you go for a walk and you're afraid. Iraq has become a hell."
Hooray for Focus on the Family
A few years ago Focus joined the “war on Christmas” by chastising stores that used the phrase “happy holidays” rather than “merry Christmas.” This year they’re taking a more positive angle. Their “Rising Voices” website features a map highlighting retailers with “organic, or eco-friendly clothing and accessories” and who are "uplifting impoverished communities in the developing world through efforts in international tourism and trade.”
Moses Was Here
A scientist in Boulder, Colorado, claims to have located the spot where Moses and the Israelites crossed the Red Sea. Apparently “a wind of 63 miles an hour, lasting for 12 hours, would have pushed back waters estimated to be 6 feet deep.”
Church Exploits Stolen Baby Jesus
St. Paul United Church of Christ in Waterloo, IL, says the baby Jesus was stolen from their nativity. They contacted the police, but have decided to make the best of the loss. The church is using the event to draw attention in the community. The church's sign now reads, "We're searching for Jesus, are you?"