Well -- how did your church do regarding Christmas this year?
I've noticed that some pastors mostly ignore the Christmas message until the Sunday just before Christmas or even Christmas Eve, while others spend a number of weeks on Christmas themes using the Advent calendar or other guiding themes.
It is unfortunate that a great opportunity in Christmas is missed by many pastors and congregations. They worship the baby in the manger and miss the full implications of the Incarnation, and more importantly how that fits in the overall scope of Scripture. The Christmas story is full of opportunity to show the truth of the Creation-Fall-Redemption framework of the Christian worldview.
I began wondering today, as I continued to receive emails and notes regarding the physical destruction from cancer in the human body, about our response to this disease. Friends, colleagues, and acquaintances are all suffering. Radiation, chemotherapy, and other kinds of treatments are pursued with a vengeance. Doctors and patients seem to stop at nothing to get rid of the cancer that is ravaging the body.
St. Augustine appropriately drew the analogy that sin is a cancer of the soul. So, I wonder, what would happen if we considered sin in the same way as we do physical cancer? What if we stopped at nothing to "get rid of the cancer" that is destroying our souls, our families and our churches?
I was just wondering how many of you had and discussion about the upcoming Election in your recent Sunday services. Did the Pastor preach about politics? Were you reminded? Did a Sunday School class cover the topic?
Has anyone else noticed the general decay of appearance in those leading the church from Sunday to Sunday?
Pastors in jeans, Worship Leaders with uncombed hair, others with t-shirts, shorts, and other assorted everyday clothing. It seems to me that the overall "look" of the church has become sloppy and disheveled in an effort to "make people comfortable."
Has anyone else noticed? What do you think? Can anyone from a more formal worship setting share their thoughts about their experience?