Thinking Out Loud

December 22, 2018

Christmas: The Local Church’s Big Finish

Filed under: Christianity, Church — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:29 am

Tomorrow kicks off about 48 hours to which pastors and music directors have been preparing and looking forward to for many months. Services on Christmas Sunday and Christmas Eve (and in some traditions, Christmas Day) mark an occasion when instrumentalists and vocalists shine, and pastors have the opportunity to speak (even if briefly) to a crowd including relatives and visitors they might never again get to reach.

The picture above is what it looked like last week at the front of our church. A few extra touches to remind us that it’s a time of celebration. God has entered our story. The Christ child has been born.

The picture below is one I had to share with you. Drew Dyck (who’d want me to mention that he’s the author of the new Moody Press release, Your Future Self Will Thank You) posted this picture on Twitter of his daughter, whose name is Mary, playing Mary. (He calls it typecasting.) There will be lots of scenes like this over the next few days.


December 23, 2010

An Incredible Act of Generosity

Filed under: charity, philanthropy — Tags: , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:09 am

As we come within hours of a day marked by believers and non-believers alike with a spirit of giving; here’s an example of that kind of giving spirit in action.  Today I want all of you to click the links. I dare you. The first one will take less than 1:00 to read and will make you want to click the second.  But it’s not for the weak of faith.

This is the Christmas Sunday service at Cross Point church in Nashville, Tennessee where Pete Wilson pastors.

To prepare you for what you’re about to read, here’s the short version.

Now that you’re ready for it, here’s the detailed version.

That is one amazing Christmas service people will long remember.

And what better time to remind my Canadian readers that we have two days left to contribute to the Salvation Army iKettle. Click here to donate. Your donations stay with the S.A. branch closest to your community.

Watch or listen to the service at Cross Point.  Go to their media page and select December 20th.

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