Jesus Before Christmas

Jesus Before Christmas

The interesting thing is that December 25 wasn’t just the date of a pagan festival. It also coincides, in a way, with a festival that Jesus did actually celebrate.

Christmas and the Last-Minute Leader

Christmas and the Last-Minute Leader

If you are a last-minute leader, you’re not alone.  You’re not the only one putting finishing touches on a worship service, sermon, play, piece of music, bulletin or outreach effort.  In fact, you can be forgiven for thinking your timing is right in line with the...
Is Your Advent Prayer Missing the Point?

Is Your Advent Prayer Missing the Point?

The Advent the liturgy instructs us to pray—solemnly, hopefully, deeply—is “Come, Lord Jesus, come.”  This hopeful prayer set against the backdrop of darkening days—both seasonally and politically —implies waiting with expectation.  Yet I can’t help but wonder...

Rushing Christmas

What to do when your church doesn’t want to celebrate Advent? When they rush into Christmas? Let me answer that question by posing another one. Spoiler alert: this is a curmudgeonly response. Here’s my question: Is it really so bad to sing Christmas Carols for a whole...