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Every year Americans spend billions of dollars on material items at Christmas. Is this the way to celebrate the birth of Jesus, who gave up his riches to save the world? In the book, Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World?, pastors Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, and Greg Holder show you how to substitute consumption with compassion by practicing four simple 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, the sick, in ways that make a difference.
Note: The book includes a Small Group DVD Guide for those participating in a small group or watching the video (SKU: 324423) individually.
Publication Date: 2009
God's Word: Power to Shape Our Lives, LifeGuide Topical Bible StudiesCindy BunchIVP Connect / 2000 / Trade Paperback$6.99 Retail:
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Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? DVDRick McKinley, Chris SeayZondervan / 2009 / DVD$9.49 Retail:3.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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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 bea 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 Fullybecause Christmas begins and ends with Jesus! Spend Lessand free your resources for things that truly matter. Give Moreof your presence: your hands, your words, your time, your heart. Love Allthe 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 mostyour presence.
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.
BobHudson, OhioAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5The Best Advent Study I've Ever FoundJuly 20, 2011BobHudson, OhioAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We have offered this series on Sunday morning, in a weekday Women's class, and in two small group Bible studies. My only recommendation it to NOT use this in Advent. It's too late to make an impact. Use this in October or November to get people thinking differently for the upcoming Advent and Christmas seasons. It is relevant, thought provoking, Biblical, yet not preachy. As someone who works professionally in the church, I seek quality resources for our members, however I often don't expect them to effect me and change me as much as this series did.
John Driedger5 Stars Out Of 5December 9, 2009John DriedgerA very timely book challenging God's people to turn our focus from consumerism back to the real meaning of Christmas by spending less, giving more, loving all and to worship fully. Well done!
Heather5 Stars Out Of 5December 7, 2009HeatherI was excited to read this book because it promised to explore whether Christmas can still change the world. For me, Christmases have begun to blur together year as Ive grown older, and Ive felt like I must be missing something. Advent Conspiracy is a short but thought provoking read which inspired me with stories of people who have found ways to make Christmas about meaningful giving. Instead of spending time with wish lists, we can make a tangible difference in the quality of life that people around the world. I hope to share this books principles with my family members this Christmas so we can celebrate with more joy and more compassion for others. The book has also challenged me to think carefully about how we teach our young son about Christmas so that he will grow up with a heart for others and not a desire for accumulating more things.
Eric Pagan5 Stars Out Of 5November 7, 2009Eric PaganThis book is an invitation to celebrate Christmas in a way that is more true to the original Christmas story. In it, we are encouraged to Spend Less, Give More, Worship Fully, and Love All this Christmas. The Advent Conspiracy DVD is a great 4 week study that would be perfect for a small group to study through in the Advent season. Discussion questions for the DVD are located in the back of the book.
Daniel L VanGent5 Stars Out Of 5October 19, 2009Daniel L VanGentThis incredible book will change the way you look at Christmas! It provides a great combination of conceptual thoughts and practical ideas. We may all want to "keep Christ in Christmas", but the Advent Conspiracy gives great guidance in how to actually accomplish that. We're using it for our small group study. Highly recommend!