Combing the Net – 12/25/2010

I won’t be posting regularly over the Christmas break, though there are some posts I’ve typed already that are scheduled to be posted during this time. I hope you’ll enjoy your family time as much as I plan to during the holidays!

In Defense of Santa and the Cult of Christmas — Michael Gerson of The Washington Post classifies Christmas as its own alternate religion. (HT: Denny Burk)

The Goodness of Stuff — Doug Wilson reminds us not to be so anti-consumerism that we forget to enjoy the blessings of gift-giving and gift-receiving.

The Gap Between Us Accepting Christ and Christ Accepting Us — “Accepting Christ” is one of those Christianese terms that people use a lot, but it leaves us with a false understanding of salvation. We are saved by what Christ has done, not by the “work” of our deciding to commit to him.

John Piper compares the gospel of Santa with the gospel of Christ:

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