Tuesday, January 01, 2008

I was just looking at the National Public Radio web site. Books, religion, and race are specific categories I check. I hadn’t been to NPR for several days. Rick McKinley’s name caught my eye because he is pastor at Imago Dei in Portland. Rick and his wife, Jeannie, were interviewed about the Advent Conspiracy. This is an effort by individuals and churches to celebrate Christmas with more worship and less spending. McKinley says the church isn’t telling its own story. The most intense, profound theological moment in history is reduced to an hour on Sunday according to McKinley. They encourage things like “relational” gifts—gifts that enhance relationship rather than just follow the impulses of the culture. He explains it is not an anti-consumerism campaign, but a pro Jesus effort.


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