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A Mighty Fortress in translation

More a bookmark for me here than anything else: An excellent parsing exercise at Desiring God compares the original German text of “A Mighty Fortress” to the common English translation and finds the translation lacking at several points. John Piper … Continue reading

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On Not Singing All the Stanzas

As I grew up singing in church, it was common for me to hear various songleaders say things like, “Third stanza as the last,” or “We’ll sing verses one, three, and four.” In my own songleading, I used to do … Continue reading

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He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions

I was thinking about the text of Thomas Chisholm’s “He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions,” a hymn grounded in Isaiah 53. As so often is the case, a light bulb finally clicked on tonight even though I’ve sung this song … Continue reading

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Kwasniewski, Is There a Proper Role for “Contemporary” Music at Church?


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Doug Wilson, What Music Cannot Say

Doug Wilson has a little book entitled Church Music and the Other Kinds: A Musical Manifesto of Sorts. Classic Wilson in style, it makes a number of good points on church music. I thought the following was helpful in thinking about … Continue reading

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Edwards: Sing or sin

From a sermon by Jonathan Edwards on “Self-Examination”: Examine yourselves, whether you do not live in some way of sin with respect to the institutions of God’s house. Here I shall mention several instances. . . . (2) Do you … Continue reading

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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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