Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Reasons I’m Excited About What Child Is This

When Chris Macedo welcomed people to worship this past Sunday, he spoke of the ways that our What Child Is This project stokes a “fire” in his “bones.”

I’m much the same way.

Here’s why this series has changed this Christmas from “oh, another one” to “WOW! I can’t wait!”:

5. I get to ask people without any subtlety to “give like crazy” because we’ll be giving it all away.

4. Our partners with the International Justice Mission are smart, dedicated, and passionate about the cause.

3. It gives the people of Good Shepherd an opportunity to live for something larger than themselves.

2. Its mission is embedded in the mission Jesus proclaims for himself in Luke 4:18-19:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

1. Because adolescent girls in Thailand, Cambodia, India, and the U.S. who have been forced into prostitution will be freed for life abundant.