Christmas is Coming!

The cultural juggernaut that is Christmas is coming! Can I be honest with you? There’s a lot about Christmas that I really don’t like. There, I said it.

Overwhelmed man wrapping giftsI don’t like the stress and traffic. I really don’t like the display of consumerism and greed. I don’t like that people feel compelled to spend money they don’t have to buy people stuff they don’t need. I don’t like that people are made to feel like a failure if they can’t deliver a Christmas experience that rivals any Norman Rockwell illustration. And I really, really don’t like that in a holiday that’s ostensibly all about Jesus, he typically takes last place.
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God’s Big Story

Genesis 1:1

A generation or two ago, pretty much everyone in our culture was at least familiar with the basics of Christianity. People understood basic Christian concepts like truth, sin, and God and Jesus. You could simply tell people about Jesus, because they already had the background to understand. That’s no longer the case.

Sadly, it appears to me that even in the church, there are a growing number of Christians who have a very limited understanding of what the Bible really teaches. Kid’s ministries tend to just teach random Bible stories. Kids hear stories like David and Goliath, Noah and the Ark, Sampson and Delilah, and Daniel in the Lion’s Den, but they aren’t taught how these stories fit together or what they have to do with “real life.”
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QR Code Magic

I posted this on Facebook, but I thought I’d share it here, as well. (If this is news to you, you must not be a fan of my page. Go to my page on Facebook and “like” it. Right now. I’ll wait.)

I had the idea of using QR codes in ministry. Those are two dimensional bar codes that can be scanned by smart phones. There are a number of things they can do, but usually they are used to direct the person’s smart phone to go to a web page.

Because they’re still rather novel here in the United States, they have a good possibility of going viral. People should want to show it to their friends, just because it illustrates something “cool” that they can do with their phones.

Concept for evangelistic card with a QR code.
Concept for evangelistic card with a QR code.

I threw together a sample of a possible evangelistic piece. This is just a “proof of concept.” You would want to improve the wording and pretty it up a bit before using it. You would also want to put more work into the web page that the QR code directs people to than I did in my sample. Just remember to keep it simple enough to work on a mobile browser.

Feel free to take this idea and run with it, with or witout using QR codes. A quick Google search will tell you everything you need to know about QR codes. To get you started, here’s a good site for creating QR codes.

If you come up with any good ideas, be sure to share!

Update: There is an error on the image. The first step of the instructions should be “Focus on any red square,” not “any symbol.” (Caine, thanks for pointing out the error!)