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BreakPoint This Week: Christmas Favorites


Movies and music are some of our most treasured Christmas traditions. John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer share a few Christ-exalting favorites.

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  • It's a Wonderful Life”: Eric Meaxas explains why one of our most cherished Christmas classics is actually a powerful illustration of Jesus' question, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his own soul?”
  • A Christmas Carol”: Charles Dickens' immortal classic has been adapted time and time again, but John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer suggest that “The Muppets Christmas Carol” may be the most family-friendly and re-watchable version. John Stonestreet's favorite adaptation is Alastair Sim's 1951 portrayal. And BreakPoint Assistant Editor, Shane Morris, recommends the strikingly faithful 2009 Disney animated version, starring Jim Carrey.
  • Chuck Colson's Favorite Carols: A few years ago, Chuck Colson and theologian T. M. Moore explored the theology behind some of our most beloved Christmas and Advent hymns. You can hear both episodes here and here.
  • Metaxas on “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”: This glorious and haunting hymn may be one of the best summaries of salvation history ever written, says Eric Metaxas on BreakPoint. Listen here.
  • John Talbot's “Magnificat”: In the Gospel of Luke, Mary sings a song in response to God's faithfulness to her. It's a song that echoes down trough redemptive history. John Michael Talbot's version is one of our favorites here at the Colson Center.
  • This Little Babe”: John Stonestreet devotes an episode of BreakPoint to the life and work of composer Benjamin Britten, and his unlikely setting of a profound and warlike Christmas hymn.
  • The Story Behind “Silent Night,” for Kids: As the dad of three young girls, John recommends Buster and Chauncey's feature-length cartoon, “Silent Night,” as a fun introduction to the history of one of our best-known carols.
  • Most Churches Aren't Canceling Christmas-Day Services: Writing at Christianity Today, Ed Stetzer emphasizes that while a few megachurches have decided to close their doors this Sunday, most Protestant pastors say corporate worship is still the best way to celebrate the birth of Christ.
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"BreakPoint This Week" is hosted by John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center, and Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Chair, and Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College.

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