DR Radio: Lighten Up, It’s Christmas!

In this special Christmas edition of DR Radio, Jay, Brian, and Hadley talk about misconceptions around Christmas, their favorite Christmas carols, and recommendations for enjoying the holiday. Merry Christmas!

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Show Notes, December 19, 2017

Welcome to Dead Reckoning Radio! Today is December 19, 2017 and we’re doing a Christmas show today!. I’m your host Jay Friesen, joined as always by the  Hadley Heath Manning and the esteemed, Dr. Brian Mattson. Dead Reckoning is where the three of us sit around a table and discuss topics of pertinent interest in today’s culture. Those include some commentary on current events and deeper dives into life today.

Today’s dive is going to be friendship! We’re going to hear from some stories from our listeners, discuss what shape Biblical friendship takes as well as the challenges that today’s culture and a fallen world present to creating and maintaining lasting friendships.

Today’s show is sponsored by Alliance Defending Freedom, defending your right to freely live out your faith. Please visit them online at www.adflegal.org to find out the latest in the battle for life, marriage and freedom of speech. While you’re there, let them know you listen to the show and appreciate their support.

Quick Takes – Christmas Misconceptions!

  • Did Mary Know!? Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene’s super-popular song, Mary, Did You Know is known for causing controversy. 

First, some lyrics:

“Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.”

And so on.

Some sensitive people respond with a simple, “Duh. OF COURSE SHE DID!” After all, the angel appeared and told her what was about to happen, right?

Case closed. Right? Do you guys think it is that simple?

  • Why are there wise men in your nativity and why are there three of them?
  • Was there really “no room in the inn”?
  • Did the birth of Jesus really take place “in the bleak midwinter”?
  • Was Christmas originally a pagan holiday?
  • Why do people keep trying to keep Christ out of Christmas?



[Sponsor] Alliance Defending Freedom: Jack Phillips:  2Min

[Game] Fill in the Blank Christmas Hymns

_____________ to the World (Joy)


Away in a _______________ (Manger)


_______ tell it on the ___________ (Go, Mountain)


_____________ the Herald Angels Sing (Hark!)


What ___________ is this? (Child)


O ___________  All Ye  Faithful (Come)


It Came Upon a ______________ Clear  (Midnight)


__________ Night (Silent)


Sing _________ _______ of Christmas (We now)


Once in Royal _________ City (David’s)


Lo, How a _____________ E’er Blooming (Rose)


Bonus round:


____________ from the ___________  of Glory (Angels, Realm)


I ________ the ________ on Christmas Day (heard, bells)


Angels _______ have ________ on ___________ (we, heard, high)


The __________   ___________ (First Noel)


O __________   _________ (Holy Night)


Segment One: Our Favorite Carols and Their History

Brian – O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Hadley – ?

Jay – Kicking into the “LIGHTEN UP!” Portion:

Joy to the World- Second coming , not first: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/joy-to-the-world-a-classic-christmas-hymn-reconsidered/

“Watts’s father issued a challenge. He told Watts that if he struggled with the songs they sang, then he ought to do something about it. Perhaps he should attempt to write something different. This moment set Watts on a lifelong pursuit to write lyrics that exalted Christ and reminded Christians of their hope in his saving work on the cross.

This desire is evident in the way he wrote “Joy to the World.” Watts was inspired to write the timeless tune while meditating on Psalm 98. Verse 4 gripped him: “Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!” And this is exactly what Watts set out to do. Little did he know that this song would spark a joyful noise that would ring through the ages.”


[Sponsor] Alliance Defending Freedom: Pastors 2018:  1min

[Game] Christmas Nerd v Nerd

  • Hogamadog – A huge ball of snow built up by rolling a small ball of snow around a snowfield.
  • DRACHENFUTTER – A gift given by a husband to placate his wife. (literally, “dragon feed”)
  • Bellycheer – A 16th century word for fantastic food, or a grand feast.

Segment Two: DR Recommends: Christmas Edition!

We all want to share some Christmas thoughts, reflections, encouragements, ideas, suggestions, et cetera with you!

Brian – An Advent Poem

Hadley – ?

Jay – ?

Close out with Jay and Brian’s impromptu “Come on Ring Those Bells”!

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