Jesus is the Reason for the Season:
Introduction to the Christology of the Liturgical Year

I. Liturgy as an Organizing Principle for Christology
Even in evangelicalism!
II. The Christological Promise of the Christian Year
 
Systematic and coherent
Wholistic
Doxological
Ecumenical
Biblical
“Salvation-historical”
Narratively shaped
Creedal
Christocentric (“Christ-centered”)
Trinitarian
Natural
Relevant
Evangelistic and catechetical
Fun!
III. A Brief History of the Liturgical Year
(See Peter G. Cobb, “The History of the Christian Year,” in Cheslyn Jones, et al., eds., The Study of Liturgy; and “Redeeming the Year,” chapter 3 in Byran David Stuhlman, Redeeming the Time)
Roots: Jewish feast days
Pascha, Pentecost, and Lent
Christmas, Epiphany, and Advent
IV. Using (and Abusing) the Year Theologically
 
Christmas and Arianism
Easter and Secularism
Christian “cults” and their non-holidays
Reforming the Christian year: The English Reformation and Vatican II
V. Systematic Theology in a Nutshell: The Shape of the Course