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Soothing Christmas tune was created in midst of conflict

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Silent Night," the carol that briefly stopped World War I, is one of the most recognizable Christmas songs and one of the most popular pieces of holiday music. During December it can be heard in malls, churches and concert halls around the planet. Ironically, the world might never have had this piece of music had it not been for a last-minute crisis at a church in the tiny village of Oberndorf, Austria.

The Christmas carol that briefly stopped World War I

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–When World War I erupted in 1914 launching the first great European war of the 20th century, soldiers on both sides were assured they would be home by Christmas to celebrate victory. That prediction proved to be false. The men on the fronts did not get home for Christmas as the war dragged […]

Bombardier credits carol with saving his life

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Every time Air Force veteran Lawson Corley hears the sacred Christmas carol “Silent Night,” he remembers the day 56 years ago when a German soldier spared his life because of Corley’s solo serenade on a snowy Christmas Eve. The year was 1944, World War II was ravaging Europe and Lt. Lawson Corley was […]

Bethlehem Christmas celebrations scaled down in wake of violence

BETHLEHEM, Israel (BP)--Christmas 2000 was supposed to have been a landmark celebration in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, but because of ongoing violence, the holiday is all but cancelled this year in the town where it all began.

Broadway-style musical maintains integrity of traditional Christmas

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP)–The Gospel and the Great White Way are no strangers. From Godspell to Les Miserables, Broadway musicals have often borrowed the church’s message of grace and redemption. At the same time, the Broadway musical is incredibly adept at glorifying the seamier side of life, so the church has been reluctant to borrow anything […]

Children’s home receives unusual Christmas package

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)–“Away in a Manger” has been a favorite Christmas hymn of children for generations. The song tells of the scene in the stable that first Christmas night– . . . The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay’ near the cattle who sought shelter there. As Christmas is celebrated this year, a large […]

Mohler exhorts pastors to be scandalous for God

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–The church needs scandalous ministers who boldly preach the cross of Christ, R. Albert Mohler Jr. told a group of pastors Oct. 14 at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. “There ought to be a scandal in our ministry,” said Mohler, president of Southern Seminary. “It’s the scandal of those who hear […]