Skill Builders

Home > Skill Builders

Preaching the Real during the Ideal of Christmas

We want to preach a Norman Rockwell Christmas, but we live in a "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

Preaching the Real during the Ideal of Christmas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, or so Andy Williams' song goes. It's expected to be a time of celebrating with family around a Christmas tree filled with gifts underneath, parties filled with friends and fun, and unique moments of enchantment and joy therein. In the mind's eye of many, Christmastime is supposed to echo some Norman Rockwell painting. But then reality sets in. Family members argue, or choose to stay away altogether. Parties brim with people, yet loneliness surprisingly persists. Moments of enchantment and joy remain elusive in the blur and speed of the whole season. So instead of experiencing that Norman Rockwell version, many end up experiencing some version of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

When we preach the Christmas story in Advent, this is inevitably the hidden challenge we face in proclaiming Christ's coming. The very reality of people's experience of Christmas seemingly undermines our attempts to preach and inspire ...

skill builder Preview

This skill builder is available to members only.

To continue reading:

Rating & Reviews

Average User Rating: Not rated

No comments

Please to rate and review this skill builder. Or subscribe now for full access.

Related articles

Mark Buchanan

Play it Again

How and why I abandoned creativity in my Advent preaching.
David E. Prince

Christmas Sermons—A Pulpit Gift

Holidays provide an easy way to connect with a wide range of listeners.
Matt Woodley

Deep Preaching in a Distracted Age

Will anything capture people's attention and keep it long enough for God to do his work?

More articles

Print this pageShopping CartHelpMy Account