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Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? Paperback – September 28, 2009
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Worship More, Spend Less, Give Presence, Love All Are you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas? This year, take a stand! Join the groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be---a joyous celebration of Jesus' birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us, not a retail circus that depletes our pocketbooks and defeats our spirits. Advent Conspiracy shows you how to substitute consumption with compassion by practicing four simple but powerful, countercultural concepts: Worship Fully---because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus! Spend Less---and free your resources for things that truly matter. Give More---of your presence: your hands, your words, your time, your heart. Love All---the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, and the sick in ways that make a difference. Find out how to have a Christmas worth remembering, not dreading. Christmas can still change the world when you, like Jesus, give what matters most---your presence.
About the Author
Rick McKinley was educated at Multnomah University and earned his Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. However, most of his education has come from pastoring Imago Dei Community since 2000 with his wife Jeanne in Portland, OR. Imago Dei is now a large congregation situated in the heart of the city, reaching out to Portland through preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and creatively engaging the city for the social good. He is also the author of Jesus in the Margins and This Beautiful Mess.
Chris Seay is the pastor of Ecclesia, a progressive Christian community in Houston, Texas, recognized for exploring spiritual questions of culture and breaking new ground in art, music, and film. Chris is the author of The Gospel According to Tony Soprano and The Gospel Reloaded. He lives in Houston with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.
Greg Holder is lead pastor of The Crossing, a fast-growing church in the St. Louis area known for calling those from an unlikely mix of spiritual backgrounds to consider the way of Jesus. Greg is also a contributing writer for The Voice, a new translation of scripture. He lives in Wildwood, Missouri with his wife, Robin and their two girls.
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They explain, "we decided to try an experiment: What if, instead of acting like bystanders to the nativity, we led our congregations INTO the nativity story as participants? We didn't know what to expect, but we knew we needed to reclaim the story of Christmas, the foundational narrative of the church. As we strove to see the birth of Christ from inside the stable instead of inside the mall, our holiday practices began to change." (Pg. 11)
They assert, "It is now clear that the primary threat to true Christianity in America is consumerism---not liberalism, fundamentalism, Darwinism, secularism, or any other -ism that happens to achieve some level of influence and power." (Pg. 22)
They admit, "One of the common fears people have about the Advent Conspiracy is what their relatives might think, do, feel, or say. Quite honestly in this day and time, it does sound crazy at first to spend less, to give more, and to use our holiday money to love our brothers and sisters around the world... Like Joseph, when we act in obedience to God's invitation---despite the social cost---we help God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Pg. 41)
They observe, "Christmas is a season of excess. It is difficult to walk against the crowd that seems to want nothing more than to 'eat, drink, and be merry.' Spending less requires us to plan, research, and cultivate relationships---pursuits that are more taxing than flipping through the latest catalog or bingeing at the mall. However, as we choose to go against the cultural flow, it is important to remember that spending less on Christmas presents doesn't mean we love our friends and family any less. In fact, we will often find that those to whom we give creative, personal gifts will see our love--and perhaps God's---more clearly than ever before." (Pg. 50-51)
This book will be of great interest to Christians wanting to "get more out of" the holiday season.
Here's a brief synopsis of the book:
1. Keep the Christ in Christmas - don't get swept off by the commercialism of Santa Claus and Such
2. Give Generously to The Poor & Needy - GLOBALLY to show the world the love of Jesus
3. Call this Renewal of Right Thinking "The Advent Conspiracy"
4. Be an Advocate for Change Toward These Ideals
5. The Kind of Giving We Do Now is Selfish Because We Do it to Get Something Back or to Get a Certain Feeling
I found it kind of dull and pedantic, but if the ideas are new to you, then you might like it more. I've always tried to: keep Christmas about Christ, not overspend and "overgift" my children, and give generously to charity during the Christmas Season. I don't share the idea that our focus on charity should primarily be third world countries... I wouldn't want to be told that Jesus was a stranger who knocked on my door and I wouldn't let Him in, or He was hungry and I wouldn't give Him something to eat... I think the Bible teaches to help those within our reach first. And of course much of the money and things sent overseas never make it to the ones who need help. I wish it weren't true, but warlords and terrorists have no compunction about stealing what we give out of the mouths of babes and the innocent.