I love everything about Christmas. Almost. I love the music, the season, the decoration. I love cutting down my own Christmas tree with my beautiful family. I love playing Christmas music while we decorate.
I love that my kids ran upstairs, put on Christmas colored clothing, found their old Santa hats, and ran downstairs to announce, “We’re ready to decorate the Christmas tree!” I love how my son clustered all his Star Wars ornaments and announced that the Chicago Bears ornament was the most important of all. I love how my daughter took extra care to hang her mouse ornaments nearby her seat on the sofa, where she could talk to them. I love how my wife decorates the mantle and makes the place look cozy and Norman Rockwelly.
I love presents. And family get togethers. And presents. And looking at Christmas lights. And getting presents.
I love old movies like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas In Connecticut, which Margi and I watched the night we got engaged.
Every year I get massive preacher’s block heading into Christmas (Easter, too). My trouble is figuring out what to preach on. When I’m preaching though a series, like I am now–The Secrets of a Highly Contented Life–no problem. I’m preaching through the life of Joseph. Genesis 37 through however far I go. I know what the next section of Scripture will be. I can easily figure out my topic. Bada-bing… a sermon. It all flows.
All that comes to a screeching halt when the holidays arrive. I pray. I seek the Lord. I struggle. What can I say this year about the birth of Christ? How should I approach it? A little apologetics (3 years ago)? A little fun (2 years ago)? A little Jesus meets Wild At Heart (last year)?
What’s a pastor to do? How about this…
Will you help me? Whether or not you come to Neighborhood Church, would you be so kind as to list a couple of topics you’d like addressed or questions you’d like answered about the birth of Jesus. Simple. Complex. Doesn’t matter.
If you went to church during the Christmas season, what would you like/need to hear?
Maybe I should also ask a different question. If you were bringing your friends who aren’t so sure about Jesus, what would you want them to hear?
Answer either question or both. Your pick.
I’m being humble. I’m asking for help. I’m looking to you, my faithful friends, to be the voice of the Holy Spirit.
So… watcha got? HELP!
And Merry Christmas.
P.S. I just finished reading book 2 of the Golden Compass Trilogy (His Dark Materials). It’s controverial stuff, and I’m working on a blog about it. I just put a hold on the other two books from my local library. Blog is coming soon….
P.P.S. I haven’t sent out WISEGUYS! newsletter in a while. Yesterday, I almost finished one, and in one mistaken click, it vanished. The whole thing was lost. It was great too… The best one yet. Bummer. I’ll get back to it soon.