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Canceling church for... Christmas?

Some churches closing on Christmas
"This is a consumer mentality at work: 'Let's not impose the church on people. Let's not make church in any way inconvenient,' " said David Wells, professor of history and systematic theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a leading evangelical school in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

One pastor said: "The best way to honour Jesus's birth is for families to have a more personal experience on that day."
Consumer mentality is right.

The church I attend will not only be open on Christmas - for us, it will be a Sunday like any other. No special Christmas message, our pastor is just going to keep plugging through the Beatitudes (which he started last week). (We'll certainly be singing a lot of Christmas hymns, though.)

In the Christian calendar, the biggest holiday is (or should be) Easter. Jesus's death and resurrection were the culmination of His ministry on Earth, and the reason that we can be justified and pardoned of our sins. Not to mention that we actually celebrate it at the right time of year. Christmas was first celebrated to Christianize a pagan holiday (winter solstice), and it is slowly turning into a totally non-religious holiday. I don't have any problem with the non-religious aspects of Christmas... but when Christmas falls on a Sunday, it becomes obvious just how non-religious this holiday has become.


Thanks to mookieghana, who originally alerted me to this story.
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londo December 8th, 2005
According to the article, the churches that are closing are the gigantic megachurches down south. Given that these churches seem to be in the process of selling religion to begin with (selling like literally selling, not selling like missionary work), I'm not at all surprised that they made an economic decision to close. This does not make them any more bastards, it just makes it more obvious what they are.


I've never known BBC to be anything less than chock full of integrity, and it's good to know that this is still true.

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