Closed on Sunday

Celebrating Christmas with the family
It’s often argued that theologically conservative churches have been successful because they require a good deal of their members in loyalty, time and money. But the opposite case can also be made: that conservative churches are closely attuned to popular culture and are more inclined to accommodate that culture—and in that respect they are successful because they require less of their members.

So what does it mean that Willow Creek Church and several other evangelical megachurches have canceled services for Christmas Day, which this year falls on a Sunday? Willow Creek has advised members to stay home and celebrate the holiday with family, according to the Chicago Tribune. “We don’t see it as not having church on Christmas,” says a spokesperson for Willow Creek. “We see it as decentralizing the church on Christmas.”


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