A Musical Exploration of the Incarnation

from Dec 09, 2008 Category: Articles

The Word Became Flesh is the newest Christmas music release from Ligonier Ministries and is a unique production, exploring the doctrine of the Incarnation. The musical score and text by Dan and Heidi Goeller is wonderfully executed by full orchestra and choir and contains a beautiful balance of familiar hymns and Christmas carols with new choral compositions. The underscored narratives by Dr. R.C. Sproul are adapted from Scripture and are presented in an engaging, dramatic way.

Executive Producer John Duncan first met Dan Goeller while working on one of last year’s Ligonier Christmas projects, The Glorious Sounds of Christmas. Dan’s numerous arrangements, compositions, and orchestrations have been published by Word Music, LifeWay Music Group, Brentwood-Benson Music, Lillenas, and others. The Goeller’s talents and goals are in sync with the goals and purpose of the Ligonier Music division, to exalt the name of Christ and support the teaching of the Word of God with music. As a result, the decision was made to pursue a project together.

Dan had already self-produced the music for the recording and Dr. Sproul was able to lend a unique quality to the Bible readings. R.C. brings a theological and pastoral understanding of the material which enriches the experience for the listener. The orchestra is made up of some of the best classical musicians in the country, all with extensive studio experience. The interplay between Dr. Sproul’s voice and the grand music is full of emotion.

This project tells the entire redemption story culminating in the birth of Christ. It combines much of what Ligonier Ministries teaches and believes in one thrilling presentation.

Order this CD, read the liner notes, and listen to samples here.