Tag Archives: hymnal

What We Lose When Hymnbooks Disappear

What We Lose When Hymnbooks Disappear

From our modern vantage point, perhaps we might see hymnals as outdated accessories of a worship service. But hymnbooks have served (and still may serve) a larger purpose. These books were the way children learned to read, the way illiterate congregants were able to apply a sermon, the way families instructed their children (and paved… Continue Reading

Limited Time: Hymnal with KJV Scripture

Limited Time: Hymnal with KJV Scripture

Due to a church request, we are producing an edition of Hymns to the Living God that contains all Scripture texts in King James Version (our regular hymnal has ESV). All other contents of the hymnal will remain the same. We are printing a limited quantity of the KJV edition of the hymnal, and this will likely… Continue Reading

5 Day Bible Stories Reading Plan and Catechism

5 Day Bible Stories Reading Plan and Catechism

Last year I created a 5 Day Bible Narratives Reading Plan that each member of our family used (except the one year old!) through 2017. You can read more about the structure of the plan here. We really enjoyed using it, and we plan to use it again in 2018. For those who would like… Continue Reading

Hymns to the Living God is now available!

Hymns to the Living God is now available!

After two years of work, I am very pleased to announce that our new hymnal, Hymns to the Living God, is now available for purchase! The hymnal contains 294 hymn texts with 252 tunes and 56 readings. Currently the hymnal is available in three glossy case laminate hard cover options: burgundy, gray, and navy. A cloth cover… Continue Reading

The “market” for our hymnal

The “market” for our hymnal

A friend recently asked me, “What is your target market for your hymnal?” It’s a fair question. In the modern Christian hymnal publishing industry, editors have a target market in mind, and they choose to include songs that are commonly sung in that market so that they can sell hymnals. Usually, they aim for a… Continue Reading

Wanted: Hymn Proofreaders

Wanted: Hymn Proofreaders

I am pleased to announce that we have now published 230 free, downloadable hymns on our online hymn collection, which means that we are within just a few months from being ready to publish our print hymnal! If you are curious, here is the final list of hymnal we intend to include in the print hymnal.… Continue Reading

New Hymns added to our free online collection

New Hymns added to our free online collection

We have just added 25 new hymns to our collection. These hymns are free to download in both full page and half page formats. We are building this collection (which will always remain free) toward the end of publishing a print hymnal, and we are getting very close to completing this project! You can download… Continue Reading

100 free hymns now available for download!

100 free hymns now available for download!

We now have one hundred hymns available for free download on our online hymnal. These hymns are available in full page and half page formats. Each hymn PDF is embedded with keywords, so you can place all of your downloaded hymns into one folder on your computer easily search by keyword. We are offering these hymns… Continue Reading

More hymns added to our free online hymn resource

More hymns added to our free online hymn resource

I am pleased to announce that more hymns have been added to our online resource of free downloadable hymn sheets. These hymns are offered in two formats: 8.5×11 and half sheet. Please Donate We provide these hymns free of charge, but they were not free to produce! Would you consider donating to continue support of these… Continue Reading

Some Thoughts about the hymnal Cantus Christi

Some Thoughts about the hymnal Cantus Christi

I have had a chance over many months to get to know the hymnal Cantus Christi published by Canon Press, associated with Pastor Douglas Wilson and Christ Church of Moscow, Idaho. Over this time, I have gathered some reflections about this hymnal. For churches who are considering purchasing this hymnal, they should know a few things about… Continue Reading

We’re publishing a print hymnal, too!

We’re publishing a print hymnal, too!

Last week I announced our plans to produce a free, quality online hymnal resource and asked for your help in raising money to support this project. Already we’ve raised a good amount, and I’ve received many emails encouraged by the plans. I have also received several emails asking about a print edition of the hymnal,… Continue Reading

Help fund a new hymn resource

Help fund a new hymn resource

One question I often hear from fellow conservative pastors and other Christians is, “When are you going to publish a hymnal?” It’s true that, although there are several good hymnals available, there isn’t any one hymnal that satisfies the needs of some churches like those in the Conservative Christian Network, especially since purchasing multiple hymnals… Continue Reading

Changing hymn lyrics

Changing hymn lyrics

Changing the lyrics of hymns we sing has a long, established precedent, and for good reason. If hymns are meant to be genuine expressions of corporate worship, then we should sing what we mean and mean what we sing. If a hymn is good, and yet there are one or two words or phrases we… Continue Reading