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Methodist Hymn Histories and Studies

And a lot of them! See here. Here’s an example of one of their “hymn studies”: “Jesus Paid It All” Hymn Study by Dean McIntyre TITLE: “Jesus Paid It All” AUTHOR: Elvina M. Hall TUNE: ALL TO CHRIST COMPOSER: John … Continue reading

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“Amen” at the end of hymns

Now that’s interesting. I’ve seen many, many hymns that end with an “Amen” — and I’ve seen the same hymns end with an “Amen” in some instances, but not when printed elsewhere. I’ve never thought about where that practice originated. Tonight, … Continue reading

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“In Thy arms I rest me; Foes who would…”

Johann Franck published “Jesu, meine Freude” in 1653; Catherine Winkworth served the English-speaking world by translating it as “Jesu, priceless treasure” in her 1863 The Chorale Book for England. In this translation, she rendered the second verse as: In Thine arm I … Continue reading

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McCracken, “Why the medium of cool isn’t a neutral vehicle for the gospel”

I recently picked up Brett McCracken’s Hipster Christianity (2010) to see what he had to say about the notion of “cool” in conjunction with following Christ. I’ve never been able to join those two together, myself (as I understand “cool”). I’m still … Continue reading

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Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

It’s tough to nail down a “favorite hymn” — but always toward the top of my list is “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” invariably sung to LOBE DEN HERREN. For some odd reason, though, I had always thought it only had … Continue reading

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DeYoung on Singing Psalms

We are not convinced by the arguments for exclusive psalmody. But in 95% of our churches the problem is not that we are keeping out good non-Psalms. It’s strange, even though we are commanded to sing Psalms and even though … Continue reading

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Sing Psalms

I’m increasingly burdened to incorporate psalmody into my church’s services. I’ve had vague inclinations in that direction before–but to my shame, those inclinations never bore any significant fruit. So. I’ve purchased some resources to help me on my way, and … Continue reading

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