A new Christmas video featuring the carol "Angels We Have Heard on High," in which four guys used only a piano and their voices to make full-bodied worship to God, went viral this week.
"Glory to God, Glory to God," are the first words in the video, sung quietly by the artists as they play a piano in a most unique fashion. The video, "Angels We Have Heard on High (Christmas w/ 32 fingers and 8 thumbs)," features four musicians grouped around a piano, each playing a different part of the instrument.
In addition to a fascinating combination of talents, the video shows high tech cameras in a classic Christmas atmosphere – complete with a tree, stockings, and an electric train circling the piano. The band members rip a golden wrapping paper off the piano and put cameras on the moving train, stockings, Christmas tree, and even in the hand of a Darth Vader statue and on a mini-drone, buzzing above the scene. more >>
I have been a follower of Christ for more than 30 years. During that time I have read innumerable books on Christian living, commentaries, study guides, Christian growth, and fiction. There is probably no category untouched. In addition to reading many books about the Christian life, I have poured over the Bible for both study and reading.
From all the books and commentaries I have used, though, if I were asked of a list of books followers of Jesus should read now to help them understand the Bible better, it would be these two:
While holidays provide times to thank God, and celebrate Christ's birth, so often we get caught up in the familiar patterns we've always followed. Turkeys, trees, trimmings. Cookies, cakes and gaining weight. That's all ok. But I think many men just show up, instead of getting involved and taking the lead.
We all have holiday family traditions. Some are handed down, others are created by accident. Some traditions we'd rather never happened. But I think God's man can play a greater role. What if we intentionally created a new tradition(s) that honored God and others – and was fun to boot?
Here are a couple of traditions in the Luck family: more >>
A Baptist pastor has been criticized by some in the Jewish community for putting up a sign at his church in North Palm Beach, Fla., that reads: "Christmas – easier to spell than Hanukkah." It has since been taken down.
Pastor Mike Butzberger of Lighthouse Baptist Church said, according to WPTV TV/NewsChannel 5, that he has been putting up a different slogan in front of his church every week for 15 years, aiming for something "encouraging, inspiring, informative and occasionally for the purpose of making them smile."
He revealed, however, that some did not take well to what was supposed to be a humorous message, and had asked for the sign to be taken down. more >>
Every year at Christmastime, like clockwork, you can expect the mainstream media to come out with some sort of "fresh" perspective on Jesus. We see this on TV specials and in magazines and reports. Since December has just begun, I thought I'd be pro-active in answering the critics.
The basic questions are these: Can we trust the Bible? Can we trust the Gospels? If they were put on trial, as in a court case, how would they hold up?
One man who contributed significantly to Christian apologetics was one of America's great legal leaders. Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853) was a professor at Harvard Law School (1833-1848). He contributed a great deal to the school, expanding it, including its library. more >>
A nonprofit organization that works to connect Christian consumers with faith-compatible companies has ranked some of the nation's most recognizable brands in its annual Christmas shopping guide.
Faith Driven Consumer's 2013 Christmas Guide includes reviews of 43 different companies. Each company is rated on a five-star scale based on several different criteria: pro-life, marriage and family, biblical sexuality, non-pornographic materials, wholesome entertainment, philanthropy, corporate responsibility and "other."
The pro-life, marriage and family and biblical sexuality criteria are considered more heavily than the others in each company's overall score "because these categories flow from an understanding of how humans bear God's image as male and female," the guide says. more >>