Sermon: Drop the Blanket!

Luke 2:1-20 Christmas Eve December 24, 2015 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN   On December 9, 1965 something special happened. On that day 50 years ago, CBS first broadcast The Charlie Brown Christmas Special.  I’ve done some reading on the special and it was unique for a lot of reason.  First off, is the soundtrack. Instead of some music more fitting of a cartoon, we get the smooth jazz sounds of Vince Girauldi.  Also did you know that it caused the end of aluminum Christmas trees?  When a remark is made panning the trees, sales dipped.  By 1967, aluminum trees … Continue reading Sermon: Drop the Blanket!

Christmas Sunday Sermons: Phoning It In

Alan Bevere is really indignant about the attitude some pastors have about Christmas this year since it falls on a Sunday: I have had conversations with a few pastors in the past few weeks who basically admitted that since worship attendance on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day will likely be sparse, they are simply going to recycle old sermons and preach them. Seriously? Do they have so little regard for their calling that they are going to use reduced numbers for worship as an excuse to be lazy? Do they have so little regard for the faithful who will … Continue reading Christmas Sunday Sermons: Phoning It In

Christmas Sunday Sermons: Phoning It In

Alan Bevere is really indignant about the attitude some pastors have about Christmas this year since it falls on a Sunday: I have had conversations with a few pastors in the past few weeks who basically admitted that since worship attendance on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day will likely be sparse, they are simply going to recycle old sermons and preach them. Seriously? Do they have so little regard for their calling that they are going to use reduced numbers for worship as an excuse to be lazy? Do they have so little regard for the faithful who will show up … Continue reading Christmas Sunday Sermons: Phoning It In

Where’s Jesus?

This past Saturday was the day that the members of First decorate the place.  The hallways are decked out in wreaths and garlands, Christmas trees are found in the lounge and in the sanctuary.  This year’s decorations will be memorable because this is the last Christmas at our current location.  In a few weeks, we will take buses and start worshipping at SpringHouse. One of the things that are always interesting are the manger scenes.  Like most folks, people tend to decorate the mangers with all the central characters; the wise men (even though they weren’t at the manger), the … Continue reading Where’s Jesus?