Driscoll Suggests St. Nicholas Story Is an Alternative to Santa

Pastor Mark Driscoll of Trinity Church shared in a recent video message that he doesn’t try to fight against the story of Santa Claus. Instead, he focuses his kids on the story of Bishop St. Nicholas, who was known for his generosity, helping families in dire need and helping the church grow. Driscoll suggested that certain elements of the St. Nicholas story can help children understand the modern story of Santa.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Pastor Mark Driscoll suggests a positive way for parents to engage the Santa Claus story by offering a kind of Christian alternative.

  • Santa Antagonism:Christians have a reputation for being negative about Santa Claus, but Driscoll’s suggestion about St. Nicholas has been a popular Christian alternative to the Santa story.
  • Nicholas, Abolitionist: While it’s hard to know what’s legend and what isn’t about St. Nicholas, his most popular stories involve him helping families in need, saving children from being sold into slavery.
  • Leaving All Behind:Nicholas also allegedly gave away most of his family’s wealth, offering a striking alternative story of generosity for the holidays.

Are there ways to highlight the story of St. Nicholas at your church this year?

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