The missio dei is God’s work in the world. Missions, both long- and short-term, must always exist in submission to God’s work.
You and I were made alive together with Christ. So when he was raised from the dead, so were we. When he conquered sin and death, and hell, and all its final implications, in a very real way, so did we.
Growing up after that experience, along with the many other Sabbatarian practices I witnessed in my youth, I began to feel like honoring Sunday was a bit of a guessing game. I didn’t know which activities made God angry and which ones didn’t.
As a pastor, I always kind of dreaded the big holidays....I felt like I had prepared a message and service that was woefully inadequate.
Introducing a little counter-cultural, John the Baptist-ish influence into your Advent.
Maybe the real crime against Christ and Christmas occurred when the Savior of the world somehow got wrapped up in our consumerism in the first place. What if Jesus is actually relieved every time his name gets removed from one more cultural liturgy or marketing ploy?