Category Archives: Holidays
Welcome to my first post of 2013! I actually published this by accident for a few seconds last night because I typed in January 1st, twenty-TWELVE in the calendar slots. Oops.
New Year’s resolutions: Instead of making new ones for this year, I thought perhaps I should see how well I did with last year’s. The answer is… hmmmmmm.
1. Reading the Bible in a year: This was a disaster. Continue reading
Too often it seems that the Advent season gets neglected in the rush towards Christmas. Here are a few of my favorite Advent hymns. Several may be new to you. A couple of them you may recognize as often being lumped together with other Christmas carols, but technically they are considered Advent carols. Could you add to the list?
All hymns performed by a chorale group unless otherwise indicated.
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (performed by Twila Paris):
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (performed by Selah)
The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns (performed by a singer/organist named Dawn Slike)
The lyrical purist in me can’t resist pointing out that the original lyrics of the second verse actually say, “Not as of old a little child/To bear and fight and die.” I guess the revisionists didn’t want to leave the word “fight” in there.
Rejoice, Rejoice Believers (sadly, no good version available, lyrics linked)
Go to their website to get it!
On my campus there’s a “public square” type area where people who want to get on a soapbox typically plant themselves and shout things. It’s also the perfect place for a street preacher to make his voice heard.
Yesterday was the second time I’ve seen such a preacher this semester. Continue reading
In memory of our veterans, I’ve compiled a list of appropriate songs from artists like Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Schultz and Five for Fighting. Some of them are music videos while others are simply photo compilations. For most of these I’ll simply provide a link to a Youtube video, but I picked one video to embed/feature, because the combination of images, footage and music is so fantastic. Someone put this together to Michael W. Smith’s instrumental tribute “Heroes” (I suggest using full-screen):
Yesterday was All Saints’, and I suppose I should have put this up then, but I’ve been busy… Calculus II test prep, don’t you know. Anyway, I wanted to introduce my readers to this classic Anglican hymn about the saints: “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God,” written by children’s hymn-writer Lesbia Scott in 1929. I think it strikes the perfect balance between on the one hand elevating saints to a heretical extent (praying to them) and on the other hand acting like there’s absolutely nothing special about people who really did extraordinary work for God. Also, because it was written and taught specifically to children, it’s very singable. I looked all over the place for a good version that used the original last verse, but the best one I could find uses an updated, “Americanized” version that isn’t as good (in my opinion). But who couldn’t love hearing this sweet little girl sing it? For those who are curious, here’s the proper British version of the verse (which charmingly refers to such distinctly British things as “shops” and “tea”):
They lived not only in ages past; there are hundreds of thousands still.
The world is bright with the joyous saints who love to do Jesus’ will.
You can meet them in school, or in lanes or at sea,
in church, or in trains or in shops or at tea,
for the saints of God are just folk like me,
and I mean to be one too.
Sung by Tony DeRosa, a studio singer, vocal coach, and member of award-winning barbershop quartet MaxQ. This might just be my favorite version of this song. Enjoy. He is risen indeed, Hallelujah!