Here’s a completely different kind of Christmas reflection for you: my BreakPoint column, Incarnation, Mission, and Worldview. It begins,
It was about a dozen years ago that our church’s pastor came back from a pastors’ conference and told us our denomination was growing rapidly everywhere in the world except North America. We were shrinking here, he said.
I remember what I thought. I don’t remember if I said it to him out loud. In a way I hope I didn’t, because it was overly simplistic, but still I think it was on the right track. The problem, I thought then and still think now, is that this denomination’s leaders overseas understood that they were missionaries. Its pastors at home didn’t.
What does this have to do with Christmas? A lot. Read it and see.