Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Opus 2015-467: Second Verses: Hark!

Why does the pagan world hate Christmas?  Actually it isn’t total hatred, they are following what is called the Cafeteria Plan.  They pick and choose what they like. 

The secular Christmas includes family, festivities and food.  It rejects the core point of the whole thing:  The Incarnation.

One way that they are able to stifle the great truths of Christmas is by keeping Christmas Carols out of your way.  Christmas Carols, like any other good Christian music, teach doctrine.  Often that is missing in the first verse that everyone has memorized.  I am thinking of sharing some of the “second verses” of Christmas.

Today I was singing along with my personal collection of Christmas music and I found myself singing the second verse of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”.  It goes like this.
Christ, by highest heav’n adored;
Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Long desired, behold Him come.
Offspring of the Virgin's womb..
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th’ incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with men to dwell.
Jesus, our Immanuel!
Notice the theological words used in a common hymn.  We have the Godhead mentioned.  Jesus is called “incarnate” and “Deity”.  And of course we are reminded that He is Immanuel, which means “God with us.”  Adding to the irritation of the church attender and Christian hater are the Lordship of Christ and the virgin birth.

Keep singing those songs.  Take some time to look at the “second verses” even if they are the third or fourth. 

Merry Christmas.

homo unius libri


  1. I don't believe in the holiday, but I believe in the cause, so sing on!

    1. You have good company. The Puritans felt like Christmas had become a time of pagan debauchery and decadence. Like so many in our day they said a big "bah humbug!" I wonder if a lot of what we call Christmas carols were not just theological expressions of the Incarnation.

      Grace and peace.


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