Our holidays are usually marked by all kinds of festivities. There are family gatherings, dinners with friends, work parties, community celebrations, church programs, and more. But this year? Most of these are cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. We will miss out on gift exchanges and cookie swaps and catching up with friends and family. It’s disappointing for everyone.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson wrap up their Happy, Thankful, People miniseries. Each episode includes a special guest who has something specific to share about how we can clear some of the hurdles that come with the holiday season. Chris and Elizabeth McKinney join this episode to discuss our call to be people people—people who are designed by God to thrive by being in relationship with others. In Placed for a Purpose: A Simple and Sustainable Vision for Loving Your Next-Door Neighbors (GCD Books, 2020), Chris and Elizabeth help us understand the value and necessity of being neighborly with those who live right next door. Their lived experience has shaped their ministry and wisdom that helps us catch a vision for being in community right where we live. The pandemic has tightened our social circles this year, making this conversation especially pertinent. And as we enter the Christmas season, we’ll need to get extra creative in how we build community. Key questions related to the discussion include: How have we misunderstood the call to love our neighbor? What does it mean to be in a mutual relationship with our neighbors? Is it possible—or wise—to build deep connections with people who have different beliefs and worldviews? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these as we seek to be people people this holiday season. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

This episode of Persuasion is sponsored in part by LifeWay’s Christian Standard Bible, a translation that presents the truth of God’s Word with accuracy and clarity. The CSB equips today’s readers for lifelong discipleship with hundreds of designs to choose from at CSBible.com.


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Chris & Elizabeth McKinney

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Placed for a Purpose: A Simple and Sustainable Vision for Loving Your Next-Door Neighbors (GCD Books)

Did you enjoy this episode of Persuasion? Give the entire series a listen:

Persuasion 206 | Happy People, with Barnabas Piper

Persuasion 207 | Thankful People, with Dustin Crowe

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