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Can I Go Play Now?

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All right! The laundry’s done, I’ve cranked out yet another Newswithviews column, I’ve updated this blog, and I’m pooped.

I want to have some fun! Somebody throw me a stick. I’ll bring it back, I promise. I would like to devise some way go attract more viewers, but how many contests can I run? We just finished the Christmas Carol Contest, and it’s too early for another comment contest.

I wonder if I ought to post one of my recipes for what my wife calls tasteless food.


And the Winner Is… ‘Magnificat’

“The White Rabbit” has won our first annual Christmas Carol Contest with Magnificat by Keith and Kristyn Getty. Posted in Dec. 19, this hymn got 27 views on that day.

Lyn, dear Linda Sorci’s daughter, wins a special prize for The Christmas Shoes (33 views, Nov. 27).

Meanwhile, Mr. Rabbit, you’re in line to receive an autographed copy of The Temptation when it comes out, which should be soon (no reason for it not to be–but what do I know?), so please email me your mailing address. I should still have it somewhere, from the last time you won a contest, but you should see this stack of paper here. Much easier if you just send it again.

If you’d prefer an earlier book in the series, that’s okay, too–just let me know.

Everybody, thanks for requesting so many hymns and making this contest a success.

And we are still taking requests for Christmas hymns, so please feel free!


By Inadvertent Request, ‘The Light Has Come Into the World’

In an email celebrating this Christmas Day, Phoebe said, “The light has come into the world!” and wondered if it could be the title of a hymn. As it turns out, it is! And here it is–The Light Has Come Into the World, sung by a mini-choir at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.

Meanwhile, our Christmas Carol Contest is still on, folks, albeit in its last day. Tomorrow I’ll announce the winner, who will receive an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, as soon as it comes off the press. So if you want to enter, today’s your last chance.

But we will continue to post Christmas hymn requests for as long as we keep getting them.


By Request, ‘The First Noel’

Requested by Phoebe, The First Noel–and I thought Bing Crosby would be just the ticket.

Let’s keep the hymns coming, everybody. Tomorrow’s the last day of the contest! Which does not mean we have to stop posting Christmas music. Hey, I’ve been known to post it in August…


By Request, ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’

Pure coincidence! Just as I was posting O Little Town of Bethlehem, Phoebe was requesting it: I just hadn’t seen her message yet. Obviously that hymn was meant to be!

But she also requested Hark the Herald Angels Sing–and here’s a gorgeous, glorious rendition of it by the King’s College Choir, Cambridge. You definitely want to turn up the volume for this.


Upping the Prize

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Only three days left in our First Annual Christmas Carol Contest, and there’s hardly anybody here today, you could hear a pin drop. All getting read for Christmas, I guess.

Hmmm… What will happen if I upgrade the prize? Say, a sackful of gold coins worth at least $20,000–winner take all!

Or… You could ask for an autographed copy of The Temptation, as soon as it’s published (which really shouldn’t be long now: unless those are famous last words).

I don’t know where I’ll get $20,000 worth of gold coins, but I can worry about that later. Like, when the first lawsuit comes in…


By Request, ‘Joy to the World’

My Pogo pal “Teddy” asked for Joy to the World, and I thought I’d try this rendition of it by Casting Crowns. It’s a little wild–but hey, our Savior is born! We ought to be dancing in the streets and turning cartwheels.


By Request, ‘The Rocking Carol’

I had never heard of this carol before, and when “SlimJim” suggested it, I jumped to the conclusion that it was some kind of secular rock-‘n’-roll thing. I quickly learned how wrong I can be, when I really put my mind to it!

The Rocking Carol–just beautiful, really–is a traditional Czech Christmas carol, sung here by Chanticleer, a capella all the way, in perfect harmony. Thanks, Jim.


We’ll Be Here Christmas Day

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First, a word about our Christmas Carol Contest.

With four days left to go, Magnificat leads with 27 views the day it was posted. Days of Elijah has 28, but it’s hard for me to stretch that into a Christmas carol.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Patty and I will be here Christmas Day, no Garden State Parkway this year, and I hope some of you drop in, in a manner of speaking: we appreciate your company.

Between you and me, I think this poor fallen world needs this Christmas as badly as it’s ever needed any Christmas. Pray God the Father endows this Christmas of 2018 with great power to draw our hearts to Jesus Christ, our rightful Lord and only Savior. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


By Request, ‘How Great Our Joy’

Joshua asked for this one: How Great Our Joy, by Steve Green.

I was going to update the Christmas Carol Contest here, but something tells me I’d better do it in a separate post.


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