Joe Carter @ TGC: 9 Things You Should Know About Christian Hymns
Joe Carter blogs at TGC on “9 things you should know about hymns.” Though the post attempts to bring clarity, Carter only adds confusion when he avers with his last point that we should consider “worship and praise songs” as hymns, citing none less than Augustine himself. Just to be clear, worship and praise songs are not hymns. They are a totally different thing, both in form, content, and intended effect (not to mention intended affect). Further, Augustine knew nothing of contemporary worship and praise songs.
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Ryan Martin is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Granite Falls, Minnesota. Prior to that, he served as the associate pastor of Bethany Bible Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He is on the board of directors of Religious Affections Ministries. Ryan received his undergraduate degree at Northland Baptist Bible College, and has received further training from Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis, Minn. (M.Div., 2004; Ph.D., 2013). He was ordained in 2009 at Bible Baptist Church of Elk River, Minn. (now Otsego, Minn.). He has a wife and children too.
Ryan is the associate editor of Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). He contributed to the Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, 2017) and is the author of Understanding Affections in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards: "The High Exercises of Divine Love" (T&T Clark, 2018).