Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

If you read my post from a  couple of days ago, you’ll remember me talking about how much we need to return to the basics of good solid preaching and getting back to the Bible. Here’s an example (article below) of that not happening. To me, it just reinforces the need to wake -up. I agree with the writer of this article in the fact that this was not an isolated incident.

 

“NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–On Christmas Eve, I attended a service at a Southern Baptist church that made me hope it was not representative of churches across our convention.

As the congregation sang “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and images of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer appeared on the screens above, I began to be miffed that a perfectly good opportunity to celebrate Jesus was being used to mention the secular parts of Christmas that we’ve all come to know.

Then the pastor led us on what he called an investigative journey to determine the real meaning of Christmas. Out came people dressed in costume as a gingerbread man, a toy soldier, Frosty the Snowman, the Christmas Mouse and a candy cane.

As each character paraded across the platform, the pastor asked whether they were the real meaning of Christmas. After much focus on the characters themselves, each time the pastor would conclude something like, “Christmas is not about the gingerbread man. It’s about our Jesus.” Soon the congregation caught on and began to recite “our Jesus” along with the pastor. ”  Read the rest of the article here

Can a true Christian deny the virgin birth? This question would perplex the vast majority of Christians throughout the centuries, but modern denials of biblical truth make the question tragically significant. Of all biblical doctrines, the doctrine of Christ’s virginal conception has often been the specific target of modern denial and attack.

Attacks upon the virgin birth emerged in the aftermath of the Enlightenment, with some theologians attempting to harmonize the anti-supernaturalism of the modern mind with the church’s teaching about Christ. The great quest of liberal theology has been to invent a Jesus who is stripped of all supernatural power, deity, and authority.

The fountainhead of this quest includes figures such as Albert Schweitzer and Rudolf Bultmann. Often considered the most influential New Testament scholar of the twentieth century, Bultmann argued that the New Testament presents a mythological worldview that modern men and women simply cannot accept as real. The virgin birth is simply a part of this mythological structure and Bultmann urged his program of “demythologization” in order to construct a faith liberated from miracles and all vestiges of the supernatural. Jesus was reduced to an enlightened teacher and existentialist model.The Rest Of The Story Here

This Is Christmas?

Posted: December 11, 2008 in General Discussion, Video
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I saw this commercial on T.V. the other day and it really got to me. I know every year we see Christmas become more secularized and twisted, but this struck me as almost too much. It almost seems to me that they are making Santa out to be like Jesus. Am I reading too much into it or do I have reason to be upset?