There are many popular characters this time of year, but when we turn our attention to the true story of Christmas, there’s one group we overlook or struggle to understand—the angels. Who are they? What do they do? And what are we to believe about these supernatural figures? Join us to learn what the Bible has to say about these “ministering spirits”.
Join us for a great hour of radio. We start with some stories making headlines and then turn to making music – Christmas music that it! We will talk with a man who has revolutionized the way we approach worship through sound theology. He and his team are in the midst of a Christmas tour and we will update us on how audiences are responding. Christmas carols help to define the season and carry rich memories for each of us. But do you know the story behind some of the great carols? Join us to learn more behind the great songs of Christmas.
Tim Chester is a senior faculty member of Crosslands Training and the author of over 50 books on a wide variety of subjects but with a common concern to make the link between theology and practice. His books have been translated into over 25 languages. He has a PhD in theology, a PgDip in history, and more than 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry.
Keith Getty is a modern hymn writer. In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, Keith and his wife Kristin have created a distinguished catalogue of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing genres by connecting the world of traditional and classical composition with contemporary and globally-accessible melodies. Keith’s most popular hymn, “In Christ Alone,” was co-written with Stuart Townsend and is the #1 most popular hymn sung in the UK for the past nine years.
Andrew Gant studied at St John's College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, at the Royal Academy of music and at Goldsmith's College, where he did his PhD in composition and 20th century music. His career as a musician has includes singing tenor professionally with a wide range of vocal ensembles, composition, and conducting. He was Organist, Choirmaster and Composer at Her Majesty's Chapel Royal for 13 years to 2013, directing the music at many state locations. In May 2014, Andrew was elected to Oxford City Council as the Liberal Democrat councillor for Summertown ward. His research interests include the history and context of church music, and the place of music in contemporary society. His teaching duties at St Peter's focus largely on practical subjects like harmony and counterpoint, orchestration and composition, with some teaching in historical subjects when appropriate. Andrew has recently published two books with Profile books, Christmas Carols, from Village Green to Church Choir, and O Sing Unto the Lord: a History of English Church Music, and has spoken widely on these topics at festivals and in the media. Forthcoming books include 'What is music? And what is it for?', and a major history of the music at the English Chapel Royal.