No Service Christmas Morning

kinnon —  December 9, 2005 — 2 Comments

This discussion has been going on for a number of days in both the MSM and the blogosphere. The New York Times joins the fray today, late as usual:

Some of the nation’s most prominent megachurches have decided not to hold worship services on the Sunday that coincides with Christmas Day, a move that is generating controversy among evangelical Christians at a time when many conservative groups are battling to “put the Christ back in Christmas.”

I’ve been feeling a little less than charitable towards mega-churches of late – and in spite of my own proclivity for staying home on Christmas day, have looked down my nose at those not opening their doors, Christmas morn. (Yes, I can spell hypocrite.) Scot McKnight gently challenges me and others to reconsider our positions – perhaps with a little Christian charity in this Advent season:

Let me take the view that we should be a little more charitable in the discussion (and drop some of the caustic, belletristic, and condemnatory language). And let me make a mild case in defense of the mega-churches and smaller than mega-churches doing what they are doing: considering the Christmas Eve service to be their worship service for the week.

Read the comments section as well.

And read another well stated take here.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to No Service Christmas Morning

  1. I’ve got to agree with Scot on this one. If we condemn the church for not holding service on Sunday morning, do we condemn ourselves if we ever miss a Sunday morning? Wouldn’t that be living “under the law” as Paul describes it? If our faith leads us to worship Saturday night or even Sunday night, I understand that to be okay, for “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

    I also considered Romans 2:1 when thinking through your post. Great thoughts, well put, and I am glad that we are open to challenge. I think that’s why we post our thoughts instead of holding them.

  2. < > Indeed, Brad.


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