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Before we truly mothball the Christmas music until the end of 2018… let us talk about MDYK and TCS

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Before we truly mothball the Christmas music until the end of 2018 let us talk about MDYK and TCS

I will give you the long versions of each one here in the body of my piece just so I don’t have to give the NOQ Report gatekeepers any reason to edit my headlines. Besides certain churches that do focus on the church calendar will not quite box the Christmas music just yet.

MDYK = “Mary Did You Know”

I hate the current Contemporary Christian Music, and I hate the Contemporary Worship as well, but certain songs are going to have to co-exist with the John Rutters, G.F. Handels, and the J.S. Bachs of the world. Some of so-called modern Christmas carols and songs including Harry Moses Simeone and Katherine Kennicott Davis “Little Drummer Boy” and one song that historical church musicians love to hate “Mary Did You Know.” I will agree that Mark Lowry is not a great musician or songwriter, but hey it is a decent song. I loved it when it first came out, and originally it came out as a single by Michael English in the spring of 1992. Not the Christmas standard it now has become.

Some of my favorite performers that have recorded the song including New Zealand’s Hayley Westenra and a duet by Kenny Rodgers and Wynonna Judd. For all the hatred Jonathan Aigner has for “Mary Did You Know” he will allow that song to be performed at the church where he serves as director of music every three years. Lowry wrote MDYK at a time where I could still enjoy CCM, and English’s record of it was great for a Christian pop song. Loved the ambient sound which the Kenny Rodgers/Wynonna version perfected on. It is too late to kill the popularity of MDYK. Even the now popular a capella group Pentatonix did their own take on the song from their second-holiday release (including a previous EP Xmas project) put out in 2014. But hey we shall still do “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful/Adeste Fideles.”

I just want to know what some of these fans of “real” church music think of “Somewhere In My Memory” being used as part of a pre-Christmas eve service? It was done at the church I am currently attending regularly, and they are part of the historical worship faction.

TCS = “The Christmas Shoes”

OK, this song is not as bad as Aigner claims. This song from the beginning chokes me up that I almost cry (that and “Believe” which Josh Groban recorded for the movie “The Polar Express”). For someone who lost both parents right after the holidays and on Christmas Day itself, I can relate to “The Christmas Shoes.”

The fight for a return to historical worship is going to be a long fight. What might hinder it, is the people that admit to what their tastes in church music are. Sadly that admittance to personal tastes is like bringing a knife to a gun fight. I give Aigner credit for pointing out scripture references and its meat, but even he shows his musical preference card. Everyone should own up to it, but not use it for a reason to kick out the “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Mary Did You Know” in favor of “Gabriel’s Message.” In many places, they are going to and must co-exist. I do love “Gabriel’s Message” especially the recording done by Sting who was best known as the bassist and lead vocalist for the rock band The Police.

It would be better to kick out year around songs like “Our God” and “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” and bring back “A Mighty Fortress,” and “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The former songs are likely to have a short shelf life as with previous contemporary songs like “Spirit Song” (used as the theme of Pastor Chuck Smith’s radio teaching program “The Word for Today”) and “Humble Thyself (In Sight of the Lord).”

Reference

The Real Reason I Love to Hate “Mary, Did You Know”

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2017/12/31/why-i-love-to-hate-mary-did-you-know/“It’s somber and a little menacing, melodically. It’s the one I used to sing when 1) my voice was shot, and 2) when I knew there’d be a lot of older folks in the congregation. Old folks love to feel guilty for Christmas. IE, what happens when you give a Christian comedian a microphone for too long.” – Mike C.

“Every time someone sings “Mary, Did You Know” an angel rolls his eyes. And I die a little inside.” – Yours Truly (sorry)

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  1. Don McCullen

    January 7, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Post Comment Note: Someone in the church leadership requested “Somewhere In My Memory” to be played and it how it connects with parents and children. The piece was composed for the original “Home Alone” movie by John Williams.

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Elizabeth Warren releases DNA proof that she’s at least 1/1024th Native American. Twitter responds appropriately.

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There’s a strategist in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ear who thought it was a good idea to release results of a DNA test showing a likelihood that one of her very distant descendants was Native American. The advice taken. The results were predictable.

The test shows she is at most 1/32nd Native American if she is six generations from her Native American ancestor. That’s her best-case scenario. At worst, her ancestor was as far back as ten generations which would make her 1/1024th Native American. To put that into perspective, if she were to honor her heritage by engaging in 1/1024th of a four-hour Native American Sweat, she’d be in and out of the lodge in 14 seconds.

Elizabeth Warren releases results of DNA test on Native American ancesty

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2018/10/15/warren-addresses-native-american-issue/YEUaGzsefB0gPBe2AbmSVO/story.htmlThe inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics. If her great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, that puts her at 1/32nd American Indian. But the report includes the possibility that she’s just 1/1024th Native American if the ancestor is 10 generations back.

Undergoing the test and releasing the results reveal how seriously Warren is taking the attacks from Trump, who has been able to effectively caricature and diminish his national foes via nicknames and conspiracy theories. Trump pushed then President Barack Obama into releasing the long form of his birth certificate to prove what most knew was already true: He was born in America.

This publicity stunt was designed to let everyone know she’s serious about running for President in 2020. She wanted to be able to call out President Trump on his promise to give $1,000,000 to charity if she could prove Native American heritage. He won’t pay, of course, which will get plenty of headlines calling him a deal-breaking scoundrel, but was it really if for her to be the focus of even more jokes on social media?

Here are some of the reactions on Twitter. You decide:

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Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness

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National Review reporter and Fox News contributor Katherine Timpf often discusses political correctness. She talks about it so often that one might think it’s a subject she enjoys, but in reality it’s simply a problem she passionately wants to solve.

In American society, it is way too easy to offend. People do not want to hear that their perspectives are wrong. That’s apparently some form of violence. They don’t want to hear an opposing viewpoint. That’s allegedly a form of oppression. Many on the left feel entitled to express their opinions in any way they see fit and also to prevent others from sharing their opinions if there’s a difference in worldviews.

The hypocrisy of political correctness is thick.

As Timpf recently pointed out on National Review, it’s a problem that doesn’t have an easy solution, but trends are pointing to positive movement against the specter of political correctness.

Political Correctness: Study Finds 80 Percent of Americans Think It’s a Problem

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/political-correctness-problem-according-to-80-percent-of-people/I could go on for pages and pages, but you get the point: Writing about political correctness sometimes makes me feel as if everyone has gone mad, and I’m very glad to see that this doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, a strong majority of people apparently agrees with me. A strong majority believes that political correctness has gone too far, and probably would agree that we need to be careful to protect our ability to speak freely in this country.

That’s certainly encouraging, but it still doesn’t make me feel entirely better. After all, the small, PC-obsessed mob can sometimes be very powerful. Once it decides that someone or something is racist or sexist, that conclusion can carry a lot of weight. It can ruin careers and lives. It can remove perfectly good, innocuous words from acceptable speech, because even the people who might not see a problem with those words don’t want to risk being accused of racism or sexism for using them. The only answer is to keep fighting, to keep exposing and mocking such overreach when it occurs — and to take solace in the fact that so many people have awoken to its dangers.

Keep fighting the good fight, Ms. Timpf.

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Reason: Socialism fails every time

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Reason Socialism fails every time

If Socialism Actually Worked, the Left wouldn’t have to Lie about it.

John Stossel has a new video featuring Gloria Álvarez who knows the truth about Socialism. She passionately decimates all of the Left’s lies about what is truly organised evil.

Socialism has become cool in America, under the nice name “democratic socialism”.

Gloria Álvarez knows better, because she’s from Latin America and studied socialism there. She says: watch out! Socialism has a clear track record of wrecking every country that implements it.

Cuba tried socialism. Things got so bad that tens of thousands fled the island on dangerous, makeshift rafts. Others paid lots of money to be allowed to leave.

After Cuba, the next Latin American country to get totally immersed in socialism was Venezuela. For a while, things seemed to work okay thanks to the country’s oil wealth; Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, and used to be the richest country in Latin America.

Celebrities like Michael Moore and Sean Penn visited Hugo Chavez and praised his socialism.

Venezuelans were happy, too. A former mayor in Venezuela’s capital city told Álvarez: “People were clapping so hard. They were like, ‘Oh, finally there is somebody here making social justice.'”

But eventually socialism led to a mismanagement of the economy that was so bad that money started to run out. The government just printed more, so much more that it led to million-percent inflation.

But some still defend socialism, saying that what happened there “isn’t real socialism.” Bernie Sanders says: “when I talk about Socialism I am not looking at Venezuela, I’m not looking at Cuba. I’m looking at countries like Denmark, like Sweden.”

But Denmark’s prime minister says that’s a mistake: “Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy,” he clarified.

In Scandinavian countries, government regulates business less than America’s government does. Scandinavian countries don’t even have a minimum wage.

Real socialism looks more like Cuba and Venezuela.

Álvarez hopes people look at socialism’s track record before implementing it anywhere else.

If the stakes weren’t so deadly serious, the Left’s absurd contradictions on this subject would be quite amusing. The video had several celebrities trying to claim that normal government functions are somehow ‘socialism’, without explaining how this is the case. Other Leftists will claim that certain socialist regimes weren’t actually socialist, but were really ‘Right-Wing’, again without explaining how this is the case. However, those supposedly non-socialist, ‘Right-Wing’ regimes had normal government functions – road, liberties etc. So by the lights of the first contention, wouldn’t they be socialist?

But let us put this as succinctly as possible:

If Socialism Actually worked:

The Left wouldn’t have to falsely claim that normal government functions are ‘socialism’.
The Left wouldn’t have to Lie about the definition of the word.
The Left wouldn’t have to pretend that Scandinavian countries are socialist.
The Left wouldn’t have to lie, claiming that totalitarian Socialist regimes are supposedly ‘rightwing’.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need ‘revolutionary terror’.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need Tanquetas’ or ‘Ballenas’ to keep the people in line.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need secret police and torture to suppress dissent.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need barbed wire or mine fields to keep people from leaving.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need concentration camps, gulags or ‘re-education’ camps.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need firing squads or as ‘Che Guevara’ put it, the ‘pedagogy of the wall’.

The Takeaway.

If the organised evil that is socialism [Or it’s 40+ alternative labels] didn’t defy basic human nature, being a functional system, there would be no reason for the nation’s Socialist-Left to Lie about it. If it had actually accomplished something useful – aside from 100+ Million dead – it’s proponents could simply sell it without all of the falsehoods and outright lies. Those who advocate for that collectivist system – while claiming they aren’t it’s advocates – could simply be honest about what they want to impose on the rest of us.

Compare this to the entirely workable – but never claiming to be perfect – system of economic Liberty.
Those of us who are advocates for freedom have no need to pretend that systems of economic Liberty are something else. We have no need to make false claims or pretend it something that it is not. We only need to sell it on it’s great achievements, something the advocates of socialism can never do.

 

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