My Brain on the Internet: St. Nicolas Punched Arius, Blessed Ramadan, Mournful Christian Music, and Church Methods

St. Nicolas, known to us as Santa Claus, was a real person. He once attended the Council of Nicea and got sick of Arius’ heresy, so he punched him in the face.

So goes the church mythology. Did it actually happen? Probably not.

Some churches in Minnesota are placing signs out front wishing Muslims a “Blessed Ramadan.” “The signs are a public gesture of goodwill, Morey said, at a time when Muslim-Americans need a gesture of goodwill.” The church has come a long way since John warned us not to wish false teachers God speed.

Many Christians lately have been pointing out the cheerfulness of Christian music, not enough about sin and judgment. Brant Hansen, a Christian radio guy, responds at this link. I have opined in the past that I think Christianity is way too happy. (A. W. Tozer agrees with me too.) Blessed are those who mourn. Let your laughter be turned into mourning. It is better to be in the house of mourning than in the house of mirth. I can see Brant’s point. No one is going to listen to mournful radio. Radio is audience driven. You give them what they want–which is Brant’s basic point, and to that I’d agree. But the church is not to be audience driven and the Bible certainly isn’t (which is why many who supposedly desire mournful music by pointing out mournful Psalms as their example, probably haven’t read Psalms in quite some time). I think the call for more honest songs is legitimate. Just know that no one cares about your honesty; people want happy. Joel Osteen exists for a reason, and so does contemporary Christian music.

I agree with two of this article’s “3 Church Methods that Need to Change.” The day my church sits in a circle is the day I start skipping church.


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