by Randy Bishop
Beyond My Church by Jason C. Dukes is a wonderful book to highlight this Christmas season. When we think beyond ourselves and beyond our particular local congregations, then the kingdom of God can grow in exciting ways. When we think and live in unity with other Christ followers across all sorts of dividing lines, then our message will be authenticated to a waiting world.
The message of the newly released Beyond My Church fits perfectly with our December theme on New Hope Digital: Celebrating Christmas in a World of Need. In addition to a free download of the first chapter of Jason’s book, look for two columns and a podcast from him as well this month.
A number of our New Hope authors have stepped to the plate (nice to think of baseball in the winter, you know) this month and contributed a variety of articles on the theme of celebrating Christmas well. Great work has been contributed by Dan Darling, Kathi Macias, the Singletons, and several others. I truly hope you’ll both enjoy and be moved by these pieces.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our visitors a joyous, peaceful, and Christ-honoring Christmas. Let’s celebrate well—enjoying God’s gifts to us with our families and friends. May our days also be marked by giving to the needy, praying for the lost, and going to those who need to hear the glorious message of Immanuel.
“When the King of kinds exchanged His majestic robes for swaddling clothes, surely it was the most beautiful, awe-inspiring moment in all eternity.”—from Pursuing the Christ by Jennifer Kennedy Dean