Tag Archives: hymns

This is the Truth Sent from Above

This is the Truth Sent from Above

The carol “This is the Truth Sent from Above” is a traditional carol whose text originates from words that first appeared in the 19th century. It is regrettable that many choirs leave many of the verses out (although it is impractical to sing all 16 verses that have been discovered). Still, the carol needs several stanzas… Continue Reading

First 25 Hymns Now Available!

First 25 Hymns Now Available!

I’m pleased to announce that the first 25 hymns of our free hymn resource are now available! Simply click “Hymnal” in the menu bar above. You may also direct others to this resource using the following URL: www.ClassicHymns.org Please Donate We provide these hymns free of charge, but they were not free to produce! It… Continue Reading

How important is the style of music a church sings?

How important is the style of music a church sings?

I read a post yesterday from a blog of a popular ministry that attempted to answer a question from a reader: “How important is the style of music a church sings?” The answer? “The style of music a church sings is relatively unimportant.” After making several simplistic points, the post concluded, “In short, what we… 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

It’s time to order your Christmas daily devotional – “Rejoicing in Christ, the Newborn King: 25 Meditations for Family Worship During the Christmas Season”

It’s time to order your Christmas daily devotional – “Rejoicing in Christ, the Newborn King: 25 Meditations for Family Worship During the Christmas Season”

Last year we published a new daily devotional for the Christmas season by Pastor Taigen Joos that was very well-received. This devotional is perfect for both families and individuals to use as they prepare to worship Christ during the Christmas season. Each daily reading is a rich, yet brief meditation on an event or characteristic of… Continue Reading

To what do “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” refer?

To what do “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” refer?

I don’t give quite as much weight to what the Reformers said as Scott Clark, nor do I think his conclusions mean we must sing only psalms, but his explanation of “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” is exactly what I teach my students. Here’s a snippet: In short, when the Reformed thought about “psalms, hymns,… Continue Reading

How to help your congregation to sing

How to help your congregation to sing

Over at the 9Marks blog, Jonathan Leeman provides some tips for how to help your congregation sing. I would qualify some of his comments, but most of his tips are very good. Here are the tips, but head over there to see his full explanations. I’ve added a few comments in brackets. Teach the congregation… Continue Reading

Immodest hymns

Immodest hymns

Perhaps the most influential figure to express a reaction against the condition of music in 19th century America—especially church music—was Thomas Hastings (1784-1872). Hastings was a composer, hymn-tune book compiler, hymn writer, and music critic. While he composed almost one thousand sacred compositions and many hymns tunes—some of which are still sung today—his influence extends… Continue Reading

John Wesley on good hymn tunes

John Wesley on good hymn tunes

Consider Paul Westermeyer’s description of John Wesleys concerns regarding the tunes of hymns: Like Luther, Wesley knew a body of Christians couldn’t have many continually changing versions of hymns and hymn tunes without creating confusion which endangered their song. . . . Two related concerns were at work here. 1) Wesley knew, again like Luther,… Continue Reading

Martin Luther and “pop music”

Martin Luther and “pop music”

Hymnologist Paul Westermeyer comments on Martin Luther’s hymn tune sources: Luther’s sources were Gregorian chant, medieval vernacular hymns, and two secular folk melodies that didn’t have staying power and themselves were abandoned for new tunes. Luther did not use “popular music.” The distinction between sacred and secular was not nearly so strong for him as… Continue Reading

Of Psalms, Hymns, And Spiritual Songs And The RPW

Of Psalms, Hymns, And Spiritual Songs And The RPW

This comment about psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19 is an important one that I regularly teach when I lecture on these passages: If you were in Ephesus when Paul’s letter arrived, and you had a Bible in your church, it was a Septuagint. As you browsed through the Book… Continue Reading

Evangelical Worship and the Decline of Denominationalism

Evangelical Worship and the Decline of Denominationalism

I participated on Friday in the Southwest regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. The theme of the meeting this year was the decline of denominationalism, and here is the paper I read: This paper examines the role of worship philosophy and practice in both dividing and unifying Protestant denominations. I am using the term… Continue Reading