Tomorrow's Christmas Eve, and I'm a parish pastor. AMA!
It’s that time of year again—time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with egg nog, soccer (er, football) on the telly, and my fourth annual Christmas AMA, all while wondering if it’s appropriate for me to want to have scotch in my coffee mug this early in the morning. In years past, I’ve held these on Christmas Eve, but since the 24th is on a Sunday this year (meaning that holding an AMA tomorrow just isn’t humanly possible), Christmas Eve Eve it is!
So—I’ve been in parish ministry for over eight years now, two as a part-time associate while still in seminary and six-plus years post-seminary as a full-time senior/lead at the congregation I currently serve. Ask me (almost—see disclaimers below) anything about Christmas, Christianity, the Bible, the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop…anything.
A couple of disclaimers—I won’t answer a question in a way that would require me to betray the privacy or confidentiality of my congregants, whom I dearly love. I also do not speak in any official capacity for my denomination, the Disciples of Christ (which you can read all about at disciples.org), or my regional office that governs my standing and issues my ministry credentials.
Finally, I’m about to submit the manuscript for my debut book, Oregon Trail Theology: The Frontier Millennial Christians Face—and How We’re Ready, which is scheduled to be published in September 2018 by Church Publishing, Inc., the publishing arm of the Episcopal Church. Once the book is available for pre-order in the spring I’ll be sure to tweet links to where you can order a copy or three for yourself—it should make for a fine paperweight or a birthday gift for a friend you’d rather not see again. 😊
Edit: Alright, y'all, eight-and-a-half hours--that's a wrap on this year's Christmas AMA! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your holiday weekend, and I'm so sorry if I didn't get around to addressing you personally. Merry Christmas!