Wednesday, December 19, 2007

This One Makes Me Think...

While at Southeastern Seminary, I had the great privilege of taking two classes with Dr. David Black. Dr. Black is one of the best professors I have ever had, regardless of content. His area of expertise happens to be Greek and New Testament.

Dr. Black's interests range wide and far. Additionally, he really lives out what he believes. You can visit his site by clicking here.

Dr. Black has some views that will challenge all of us. I appreciate that fact that he bases these on scripture. One interesting and challenging thing for me is that the Blacks do not celebrate Christmas. Why not? Their reasoning has made me think about why I do what I do at Christmas.

Click here to read the article (which is actually written by his wife) that will probably make you think about what you do at Christmas, too.

On a related topic, Dr. Black has also written about celebrating Easter; click here for that.


Brian said...

I can see their point (I visit his site daily). Even so, I have been preaching the themes of Advent and have found it quite interesting. We don't do any of the activities or liturgy stuff, I just use the theme and preach expositionally from a passage related to the theme - such as this week the theme is Joy and so I preached from Isa 35 on Joy. It was interesting to do word studies on the different words for joy used in the passage ("gil" "raan" and "simcah"). It seemed I found biblical support for times of vocal, emotional, outward expressions of joy and gladness - that it is okay to be happy! anyways, hope all is well.

Eric said...


I agree with a lot of what Dr. Black says, but I'm also not completely on board. I do think we have freedom to celebrate Christmas, as long as the focus remains the birth of Christ. Actually, within our family I try to focus on just how amazing the incarnation is. Therefore, I spend a lot more time in texts such as Phil. 2:5-11 than I do in Luke 1.

It sounds like you have some good ideas about this, too. It's hard to go wrong when you preach from Isaiah. Good idea.