Welcome to the Sheologians Christmas Spectacular! We are fans of the Christmas season around here, so we decided that throughout the month of December, we are going to look at different tidbits around the story of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and surrounding events that maybe we don’t always pause to consider.

To kick off the series, we wanted to tackle the song that everyone loves to fight about, “Mary, Did You Know?” by Pentatonix.

Just kidding, we know they didn’t write it! But who did write it, and why? And can the question the song poses be answered? We know it can be, but sometimes in all the dust-up about the song, we miss the great encouragement that is there for us! Put on your cozy socks and let’s look at it together.

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5 Comments

  1. Mike Matthews

    Yes! This was awesome!

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  2. Claudia Zuñiga

    When shows like apologia, wretched radio and next week with Jeff Durban.. And sheologans I’m so Grateful that to the Lord such a Great apportunity to reach the lost and also take advantage of holding this country accountable for the freedom of speech.

    Soli Deo Gloria
    Claudia.

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  3. Laurie

    First, let me start off by saying that I appreciate Sheologians for many reasons. I pray that the Lord continues to bless what you are doing with your podcast. As I considered this podcast as I was listening and for some time afterwards, I found that I was conflicted about the purpose of the episode. What were you seeking to accomplish? Although you did not say anything critiquing Mark Lowry himself, you did give some background to the song, which I believe you stated you gathered from Wikipedia (?) and that information clearly did not tell the whole story. What was missing from that information was the fact that Mark Lowry clearly knows that, at the time of Jesus Christ’s birth, Mary KNEW that her son was Emmanuel (God with us) and that he was unique in His purpose. In an article by Lindsay Terry from December 9, 2016, where she interviewed Mark Lowry about the song, Mark states, “In 1984, Dr. Jerry Falwell called and asked me to write the program for their next Living Christmas Tree. As I wrote the ‘speaking parts,’ I began to think about Mary. I have always been fascinated with the concept that God came to earth….One thing they couldn’t take from Mary was the assurance that her child was not ordinary…..As my mind went to the manger scene, I began to think about the power, authority, and majesty she cradled in her arms. Those little lips were the same lips (that) had spoken worlds into existence. All of those things were contained in the young child lying quietly on her bosom. Even now, he was they very one who had given life to His mother, Mary…..I began writing a list of questions I would like to ask Mary if I could sit down with her..” This quote seems to lay to rest any question what Mark Lowry believes as to whether Mary KNEW about the divinity of the baby Jesus. The real issue seems to lie in whether he intended the questions in the lyrics to be answered or simply to be rhetorical; i.e., facts stated as questions – questions to which an answer is not necessary because we already know the answer. We have the privilege of seeing the lyrics as rhetorical because we have the full counsel of Scripture, which Mary did not have at that time. We know that the lyrics that are posed as questions in the song are things that Jesus actually said and did (and continues to do as He rules and reigns at the Father’s right hand). Mary, on the other hand, did not have the full counsel of Scripture, she did not have all knowledge, could not foresee the future, so what did she really know at the time of the birth? She knew some things, but not the full extent or exact nature of what Jesus would become, do, and the impact His minsitry would have for all future generations. I prefer to see this song as an affirmation of the divine nature of the Incarnate Son and the fulfillment of the OT prophecies as was foretold. Just my thoughts……

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    • Susan

      Laurie, beautifully said!! Thank you for that.

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  4. Chelsea

    Just for the sake of accuracy, “Joy to the World” is not a Christmas song. 😉 It’s actually a worship song about Christ’s second coming 😀

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