First, a word of thanks to those of you who read this blog. I might have some of these same thoughts, but they might remain only thoughts without having you to have a conversation with. Thank you for your support. I know this post is a little bit late. Truth be told, I’ve been in […]
Last week I ran across a painting I have come to love entitled, Long Walk to the Fire. The artist is unknown and there wasn’t any chatter to be found online. So, I simply stared at it and began to feel the pain of the boys in the painting. The boys in the painting have […]
I wasn’t raised in a tradition that is known for its robust celebration of Advent. In fact, the entire season was viewed as, primarily, a pagan holiday—at least Christmas was seen that way. We weren’t anti-Christmas. Christmas was great—it just didn’t have a lot to do with Christianity, as we saw it. My mind has completely changed on that. In fact, Advent and Christmas (especially Christmas Eve) have come to be one of the most important spiritual times of the year for me.
Here are four reasons I think churches should celebrate Advent and Christmas: