What to Preach at Christmas
November 19, 2013
Updated March 20, 2018
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If you’re like me, preaching fresh, inspiring messages at Christmas can be a real challenge. There are only so many passages in the Bible that tell the Christmas story, and you can only spin those stories so many ways.
As I thought about this issue one year, I determined that one of the main problems we face is what I call the Christmas mythology. We’ve all been told the stories of the birth of Jesus from our childhood; we think we know the stories. But we rarely ask if something different may have been happening over two thousand years ago.
We do very well in placing the story into our culture (witness “You Can Have My Room,” published years ago in Reader’s Digest), but what about placing the Christmas story in first-century Greco-Roman culture?
I’ve wrote some of my thoughts and conclusions in a small book a few years ago, A Not-So-Silent Night: The Unheard Story of Christmas and Why It Matters. Let me share just a few of them for you to ponder:
In light of these thoughts, what new message within the Christmas story might you preach about this year?
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The bullet points here are great, and I hope they are used well. That being said, let's not put too much pressure on ourselves to improve upon the incarnation, no matter how impressive the spin may sound. I've heard the Christmas story for more than 4 decades, and if anything it gets more wondrous every year to me. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who feels this way. Keep up the good exegesis and homiletics, friends!
Thank you, Verlyn!
May I also shamelessly (no, shamefully, actually) suggest:
1. a book: http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/publications/proclaiming-the-christmas-gospel/
2. an article: http://www.reformedworship.org/article/september-2004/what-i-have-preach-christmas-story-again-fresh-approaches-planning
Dave Vroege, Halifax
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