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Woodside’s Christmas After Christmas

The Project returns after a two week hiatus caused by the celebration of some deity’s birth.  Surprisingly, a time that is pimped out as a joyous occasion of family and friends, to celebrate the savior of humanity, people are amazingly bitchy.  Like most bloggers, I work at menial, entry level, retail job and use my blog to make me feel important.  So, I can vouch for the intense frustration and rudeness exhibited this year.  I know, like David Foster Wallace preached, I need to avoid my default programming and think why the people act that way and not myself but I want to point out something: we are a generation of food service workers raised on Fight Club.  What you imagined on your worst days is our starting point.  Just keep it in mind you curse out your server because they are out of envelopes for their gift cards.

If you couldn’t tell I hated Christmas this year.  It’s not one to go down in the books—though with all the stories I gained I’ll probably be laughing and remembering this one the longest.  So, I decided to follow up my Scrooge-like Christmas (minus the transformation) by going back to my favorite Church, Woodside Bible.  If I’m gonna be cranky, might as well take out on somebody (once again, just embracing the default programming).  Plus, the after Christmas service can’t be bad—no carols, no Christmas Story message, nothing of to remind me of this cantankerous holiday.



You know how some Churches save the Sunday after Christmas to do their Christmas message?  Complete with carols, the Christmas story, and everything to remind you of this glorious holiday?  Yeah.  That’s Woodside. I hate Woodside.  It’s like these people aren’t even trying for a good review.  (Once again, embrace your default programming.)  But, honestly, I could handle it.  I could deal with it until the lead pastor, Doug Schmidt, summed up why I could never be a regular Woodside attendee.  Doug, in perhaps an effort to drive home his point with the Christmas story, said if he could sum up the New Testament in two words they would be: “He’s coming.”


“He’s coming.”

That’s your two words?  If you could sum up the New Testament, the Gospel, the whole point of Jesus’ teachings you’d just tell us, “he’s coming.”  Not, “help others”?  Not, “love everyone”?  Every so often two words can make or break a relationship—romantic, friendship, business, casual—not very often, but occasionally, two words can fix, or kill anything.  And these two words, “he’s coming” signaled why every time I go to Woodside I get a little angry, lose a little bit of faith, and just can’t do it anymore.  My issue with them isn’t the espresso machine, the extremely conservative slanted bookstore, the conference center style building, or the horrible floral pattern upholstery seats.  We disagree on the most fundamental of levels, how we interpret, and live, the Bible.

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