Tag Archives: Christmas 2018

By Request, Two Hymns for One

From The Little Drummer Boy, Guy Penrod segues right into We Three Kings: requested by Jeremy. We’re getting our carol contest back on track!

By Request, ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’

This rates a Wow, don’t you think? Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, performed by Amy Grant: requested by SlimJim. You don’t want to skip this one! Turn up the volume–Christ is born in Bethlehem!

‘Good Christian Men, Rejoice’

If God has granted my prayers and lifted my illness, I’m just now on my way to Christmas shopping and you’re listening to this–Good Christian Men, Rejoice, sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale.

I’m Still Here, I Think

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Well, I still feel like roadkill, but at least I’m still here. In fact, I’m going to try to do a spot of Christmas shopping, courtesy of five hours’ sleep instead of no hours. And today my teeth fit back together.

Thank you all for your prayers. I feel like I’ve passed a crisis point and will start to get better now.

Sorry about no Newswithviews column this week, but I just couldn’t manage it.

What Happened to the Carol Contest?

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Our first annual Christmas Carol Contest started off with a bang, but there hasn’t been a new leader since Dec. 3, when O Holy Night got 25 views. No entries today.

All right, I’ll up the ante. The winner will get an autographed copy of The Temptation, hot off the press, when it comes out. I don’t know exactly when that’ll be, but everything seems to be just about ready.

How do you win? If the Christmas hymn that you request on a given day winds up with the most views on a day, that’s how you win. Somehow this was exciting when we started it.

But anyhow, if we’re proclaiming the birth of Christ in song, we’re all winning.

‘Gesu Bambino’ (Pavarotti)

I don’t understand the language, but what does that matter? Pavarotti sings directly to the heart. It would move the heart of a statue. And the message of the hymn, the proclamation that Jesus Christ is born, is the heart’s best nourishment.

By Request, ‘All Praise to You’

Ah, here it is, Joshua’s other hymn–All Praise to You, by GLAD.

The other night Patty said something that set off my imagination. What was it like for those shepherds to whom the heavenly host appeared in the sky, to announce the birth of the Messiah? Really, can you imagine being there for that?


By Request, ‘In the First Light’

Joshua asked for two hymns by GLAD today, but only this one loaded: In the First Light. I’ll have to try again later for the other one. Movin’ kind of slow today…

By Request, ‘Little Donkey’

Requested by Ina, Little Donkey, with movie clips from The Nativity. I was always fond of the donkey, the sheep, and the cow who were there in the stable when Jesus was born. Something about their presence seems very fitting.

By Request, ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’ (GLAD)

From Joshua we have this request: O Come, O Come Emmanuel sung in a capella by GLAD.

Keep those Christmas hymns coming, everybody. In the name of Jesus Christ Our King, we defy this fallen world.

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