It's Christmas Eve, and I'm a parish pastor. Ask me anything!
Well, 2020 sure has been a doozy of a year, hasn’t it? I normally begin these by saying that it is the time of year for your weekly/monthly/annual trip to church, but my congregation is still doing online-only worship because of how rampant the pandemic has been in the United States, so our trip to church will be virtual!
But it is still Christmas Eve, and I always love doing these, so let’s generate a bit of holiday cheer together. Ask me anything (usual disclaimer to follow) about Christmas, the Bible, the church, whether the chicken or the egg came first…anything. I have over a decade of parish ministry experience--seven years of solo ministry experience and nearly four years of associate minister-type experience, and I have seen some stuff and learned some stuff.
Usual disclaimer every time I do one of these: I am posting here solely in my personal capacity, and not on behalf of my congregation which employs me, my region that governs my standing and issues my ministry credentials, my denomination, or my publisher. I also will not answer a question in a way that would betray the confidences of the people I minister to.
Edit: Alright, y'all, it's late and that's going to have to be a wrap on this year's AMA! Thank you for joining in on the fun, I always have a good time doing these, and I'm very sorry if I wasn't able to get to your question. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and be safe so that we will all be here for Christmas 2021!