1. Tim Challies talks about one of the great benefits to rejection. A good article to read if your self-esteem is too high.

2. A lot of articles about Christmas from the Christian perspective are being written. Take notice when John MacArthur is asked to write one for a secular newspaper as he was for The Washington Times. It’s called “Christmas Culture Wars Obscure True Meaning.”

3. Here is a short, accurate profile of the true St. Nicholas.

4. Yesterday’s massacre in Newton, Connecticut is analyzed from a biblical perspective from Al Mohler. What he says here needs to be heard.

5. Here is a salute to the average “worship pastor.”