This is a blog site about Christian hymns. Years ago, an edition of the Guinness Book of World Records estimated that close to a million hymns have been written in the last 2,000 years. That’s a lot of music! Obviously hymn singing is an important part of the services of the church, and of the lives of believers. Has been for centuries. Why? What’s it for? And are we getting the most out of it? (Or giving our best to it?)
The Bible says we’re to “Sing praises with understanding” (Psalm 47:7). In four words, that verse presents my basic goal: to share insights that can lead to more meaningful and effective hymn singing.
My purpose for these postings is to discuss the music we use in our churches–particularly our traditional hymns and gospel songs. To look at them in relation to what the Bible says. I write from a conservative evangelical point of view, with full confidence in the trustworthiness of the Word of God. I want the hymns that I sing to reflect that. I hope you do too!
First – A Hymn Almanac
The 2010 almanac was something different, a unique feature of the blog. To my knowledge it had never been done before. Each day’s posting described something that happened on that particular day relating to the history of our hymns and their creators.
As of 2011 and on, Lord willing, my plan is to examine the hymns of the church from a biblical point of view, identifying themes, and discussing their meaning. Each blog will be linked to material that has gone before, so that you will miss nothing from the earlier posts.
I encourage you to make this a dialogue. Then we’ll all benefit. We won’t always agree, but let’s respect one another’s right to have a point of view. As the saying goes, it’s possible to disagree without being disagreeable! With that consideration, comments and questions are welcome!