Dec. 22, 2012
The World and Everything in It

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Special Christmas edition includes profile of modern-day hymnwriter Keith Getty, the story of the true Saint Nicholas, and the remarkable history behind a well-known Christmas poem. Plus, we wrap up our series ‘Favorite Songs of Christmas’ and feature commentary from John Stonestreet

Andrew Klavan on pop-culture and politics, December mini-series ‘Favorite Songs of Christmas,' hymnwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty, Bill Bennett on ‘The True Saint Nicholas,’ John Stonestreet on consumerism, Obamacare tax hikes, fiscal cliff faces defining moment, Christmas prayer for Nigerian Christians, story behind poem ‘Christmas Bells,’ Andrée Seu Peterson on Christmas and your boss, film reviewer Phil Boatwright with two Christmas films, ‘One Solitary Life,’ and more.

Program Segments

Hour A, Segment 1

Andrew Klavan on changing culture from the front lines of Hollywood

Andrew Klavan is an award winning author, screenwriter, and media commentator and the author of such internationally bestselling novels as True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say a Word, a film starring Michael Douglas. 

Check out his most recent book, If We Survive, an adventure novel geared toward young adults (Thomas Nelson).

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Hour A, Segment 2

Favorite Songs of Christmas

Trevin Wax is a popular blogger at TheGospelCoalition.org and managing editor of The Gospel Project from Lifeway Christian Resources. 

In this segment, we feature two of Trevin’s favorite Christmas songs: "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," which anticipates both Christ’s birth and His second coming, and "Christ Is Born," which celebrates the mystery of the incarnation.

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Hour A, Segment 3

Keith Getty: Modern-day hymnwriter

Keith Getty and his wife Kristyn seek to engage churches with songs that have rich melodies and textual depth.

Their 18-city tour Joy—An Irish Christmas concludes on Dec. 23 in Nashville, Tenn. The Getty's most recent collection of modern hymns is Hymns for the Christian Life, released in October.

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Hour A, Segment 4

Writers Read: Bill Bennett on The True Saint Nicholas
Favorite Songs of Christmas

Dr. William J. Bennett is a former U.S. Secretary of Education and is now the host of Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, a daily program on the Salem Radio Network. In this segment, he reads from his book The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas.

Listener Margaret Wilkes of Creston, N.C., recommends "Gaudete" (latin for “rejoice”) because of its beautiful melody and theologically rich text.

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Hour A, Segment 5

Commentator John Stonestreet: The god of our age: consumerism?

Commentator John Stonestreet is a speaker and fellow for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and host of The Point, a daily radio feature on worldview and culture.

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Hour B, Segment 1

Obamacare tax hikes
Fiscal cliff faces defining moment
Christmas prayer for Nigerian Christians

Kent Covington covers politics and current events for The World and Everything in It.

Warren Cole Smith covers markets and the economy for WORLD News Group. Read his regular column “Signs and Wonders.” Follow him on twitter @warrencolesmith

Nigerian Christians are requesting prayer that their churches won't be bombed again this Christmas. For more details, read "Christmas fear" by WORLD News Group's J.C. Derrick.

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Hour B, Segment 2

The remarkable story behind Longfellow's 'Christmas Bells'
Casting Crowns: 'I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day'

Pastor Bill Mitchell of Boca Raton Community Church in Florida shares the true story behind the well-known Christmas poem “Christmas Bells,” written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Mark Hall and Casting Crowns recorded a variation of the poem in their 2008 song "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."

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Hour B, Segment 3

Commentator Andrée Seu Peterson: Christmas and your boss
Two Christmas films to enjoy this holiday season

Commentator Andrée Seu Peterson is a columnist for WORLD News Group and the author of We Shall Have Spring Again (World and Life Books).

Film reviewer Phil Boatwright is the editor of PreviewOnline.org. He is also the author of Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Really Bad (CreateSpace, 2009).

He recommends two classic Christmas films: The 1951 adaptation of A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim, and the 1947 It’s a Wonderful Life.

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Hour B, Segment 4

Favorite Songs of Christmas: 'Who Is He in Yonder Stall' and 'Silent Night'

Jared Smith in Baltimore, Md., recommends "Who Is He in Yonder Stall" as  performed by the group Mercy’s Well. Dr. Leslie Boucher, professor of music at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga., also shares her favorite Christmas song, "Silent Night."

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Hour B, Segment 5

The story of Jesus of Nazareth: 'One Solitary Life'

“One Solitary Life” was written by Pastor James Allan Francis in 1926.

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