For pastors, Christmas never really goes away. It sits there in our diaries, all year round, making a slight dent.
A long time ago, in a cinema far, far away, I learnt a critical lesson about preaching at Christmas.
As a preacher I often find myself quite constrained at this time of year. There are some brilliant preaching opportunities coming round the corner (Carols, Christingle, Crib service, Midnight, Christmas Day), but they have quite a predictable shape to them. Carols: fifteen minute, punchy and throught-provoking evangelism. Christmas Day: fifteen minutes if I can hold
A fresh look at the back-story of Christmas – good for Carol services: Click on the link Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus