Published September 2015
Bethlehem always happens in the midst of bedlam.
Christmas or confusion, Bethlehem or bedlam . . . Which will you choose
this year? The truth is, we don’t have to choose, because Christmas
always happens right in the midst of our chaos. God breaks into our
noisy disorder and is made known in Jesus Christ. Christmas and
confusion—weren’t they intimately related at the first Christmas when
Jesus was born? Sometimes we forget that. That’s what this study is
about—how Christ breaks into our chaos and confusion and brings
Christmas—how Bethlehem always happens in the midst of bedlam.
The re-introduction of this all-church Advent study, which features a new Leader Guide and DVD, has five sessions—one for each Sunday of Advent and one for Christmas. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, a focus for the week, and six daily Bible readings for personal devotional time during the week.
The Leader Guide is designed to be used alongside the DVD. It will enable a small group leader to facilitate a weekly discussion about Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam using the five DVD sessions as its starting point. Questions and activities will guide group participants to discuss and understand each chapter in greater depth. The DVD and Leader Guide are not a substitute for the book, but a guide for discussing the book in small groups.