Advent Conspiracy shows you how to substitute consumption with compassion by practicing four simple but powerful, 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, 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 most—your presence.
This updated and revised version, with some all-new content, will share stories of the impact this movement has made around the globe as well as giving individuals and churches even better, more practical help in planning the kind of Christmas that truly can change the world.
New introduction, new chapter and changes throughout.
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About the Author
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 thriving multi-site church in the St. Louis area. Greg is also the author of The Genius of One: God’s Answer for a Fractured World. He speaks around the world on the topics of leadership, bridge-building, and relational health. A father of two girls, he lives in Wildwood, Missouri with his wife, Robin.
Table of Contents
The Makings of a Conspiracy
Introduction: Tea Years Later 9
Chapter 1 A Radical Idea: The Beginning of a Movement 17
Chapter 2 Idolatry Near the Manger: Altars to the Wrong God 29
Four Thoughts that Could Still Change the World
Chapter 3 Worship Fully: The Missing Ingredient 43
Chapter 4 Spend Less: The Story Bur Money Tells 65
Chapter 5 Give More: The Gift of Meaningful Connection 83
Chapter 6 Love All: Making a Difference Here and Now 101
A Lasting Legacy
Chapter 7 What if? 119
The Continuing Adventure 129
Stories from Co-Conspirators 141
Small Group Guide 151