Todd Farley (firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a PhD in Theology and Culture from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, where he was “Artist in Residence.” He has just finished a two-year term as an associate professor of communication arts and theater at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Articles by this author:
- Tips for Reading Scripture in Worship
Snow falls gently outside the window. Inside, the fireplace spreads its mellow warmth through the family room. Firelight plays on the walls and ceiling as the children snuggle around you on the couch. There are cookies and milk, your favorite tattered Bible, and expectant eyes and ears. It’s time to read the Christmas story from Luke 2 again. What a beautiful family tradition!
For centuries churches have played out the Christmas story in drama and song. Todd Farley looks far back into the origins of nativity scenes and liturgical Christmas dramas, and then offers some intriguing ideas for enlivening worship today. His ideas for a complete Christmas service involving the entire congregation are not spelled out in detail; every church would need to consider their own resources and abilities.
“Let them praise his name with dancing. . . . Praise him with tambourine and dance. . . .” (Ps. 149:3; 150:4).