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Derek Thomas & Ligon Duncan Lectures on the Songs of Christmas

One of the burdens of a minister's heart is to bring his people to a place of thinking about the theology of what they are singing, and to sing them with a mind and heart, filled with grace, to the Lord. In 2004, Derek Thomas and Ligon Duncan gave several lectures on various, well-known Christmas hymns, at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS. These lectures are quite unique, in that they give the cultural, historical and theological backgrounds of both the hymn, hymn writer and composer of the tune to which the lyrics were set. These should be required in seminary for men preparing for the ministry:

Derek Thomas God Rest You Merry Gentlemen Ligon Duncan Come Thou Long Expected Jesus Derek Thomas O Little Town of Bethlehem Derek Thomas Silent Night, Holy Night Ligon Duncan Good Christian Men Rejoice Derek Thomas Away in the Manger Ligon Duncan Hark the Herald Angels Sing Derek Thomas It Came Upon the Midtown Clear Derek Thomas While Shepherds Watch Their Flock By Night Ligon Duncan Thou Who Was Rich Beyond All Splendor Ligon Duncan Joy to the World

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