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? Rick McKinley and Chris Seay show you how to worship fully, buy less, give more, and love all - restoring the "scandal of Christmas" by substituting compassion for consumption. Four sessions; approximately 55 minutes total.
Are you fed up with how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas? This year, take a stand! Join the growing groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to making Christmas what it should bea joyous celebration of Jesus' birth, not a retail circus. In four compelling sessions, Advent Conspiracy invites individuals, families, groups, and entire churches to substitute compassion for consumerism 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, the sick, in ways that make a difference. Advent Conspiracy DVD session titles: Session 1: Worship Fully Session 2: Spend Less Session 3: Give More Session 4: Love All Designed for use with Advent Conspiracy book and DVD Study Guide
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.