Keith Getty Isn’t Sick of Singing the Same Christmas Songs

Ivan Mesa | December 4, 2015

It’s well past Thanksgiving, the unofficial day when many find it permissible to carry on with Christmas cheer. In many homes trees, stockings, and lights are going up. It’s a season to reflect on the coming of Christ, of God becoming man, of light entering darkness.

Christmas is also a time of year when unbelievers are more likely to attend our worship gatherings. It’s a strategic season, then, to creatively think of ways to reach them with the gospel—a universal and disarming one being through music. 

Few have given more thought and attention to thinking about Christmastime and music than Keith and Kristyn Getty. The Gettys—known for such songs as “In Christ Alone,” “The Power of the Cross,” and “By Faith”—are marking their fourth-annual tour of “Joy—An Irish Christmas.” The concert is now a feature-length television broadcast reaching into tens of millions of homes on America’s public television system and the United Kingdom’s BBC. The live concert tour, expected to be seen by some 60,000 people, includes stops at notable venues such as Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

I corresponded with Keith Getty about how churches should prepare for Christmas, why suffering should be a theme this…

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