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Wordwise Insight, Issue #124
December 14, 2014
IN THIS ISSUE...
BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Is it right for Christians to celebrate Christmas?
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What are the major covenants of Scripture?)QUESTION: I have a friend who's conscience was offended when we sang traditional Christmas hymns during our Sunday p.m. service at church, and now plans to be absent from this Sunday's Christmas Cantata. She is an avid Internet user and has seen the sites that speak against it because of its Catholic origins. I would appreciate any Scriptural counsel you could give.
ANSWER: What a good question–and a timely one! I’m sorry to hear that your friend is depriving herself of the joys of the Christmas season. I always find it to be a wonderful time of personal blessing and ministry to others.
Since I don’t know in detail the basis for your friend’s conclusions, but since she sent you the article mentioned [in the questioner's fuller e-mail], I’ll assume that it represents her views, and will try to respond to the strange logic therein. (And an aside here: Be cautious of what you find on the Internet. Almost any point of view imaginable can be found there.)
Is it true that Christmas is not in the Bible, and that therefore we shouldn’t be celebrating it? Leaving aside the name of the day, “Christmas,” (I’ll get to that in a moment) the record of the birth of Christ is certainly in the Bible, and His coming was definitely celebrated. This is the day when “the Word [Christ] became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:14). It’s a momentous and history-altering event, worthy of remembrance.
After Jesus’ miraculous conception in the womb of Mary, but before His actual birth, John the Baptist celebrated His coming, even while in the womb of Elizabeth (Lk. 1:44), Mary celebrated it (Lk. 1:46-47), Zacharias celebrated it, saying, “The Dayspring [Dawning] from on high has visited us” (Lk. 1:68-69, 78). Later, the angels celebrated His birth (Lk. 2:13-14), the shepherds celebrated it (Lk. 2:20), Simeon celebrated it (Lk. 2:28-30, and Anna ...
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MY BLOG ON HYMNS!
Come and Pay Us a Visit!I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.
But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!
Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.
My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.
What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click
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