Hymnology

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations by Eric Pazdziora Hymns and Lamentations, a new album featuring my compositions, piano, and vocals, is now available for listening and purchasing at mp3.ericpazdziora.com. You can listen to the album for free online, or name your own price to download digital tracks. Album notes: There are days of loss and sadness, fear and depression, […]

New Creation #7: Give To Our God Immortal Praise

New Creation #7: Give To Our God Immortal Praise

Seventh in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song Behind the Song This is another text by Isaac Watts, whom we’ve heard from before when we looked at “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed.” Watts is known as “the Father of English Hymnody,” but in this case, he’s […]

The Truth about "Effeminate Worship"

The Truth about “Effeminate Worship”

Several popular (though controversial) preachers have taken up a refrain of social commentary I’ve heard a few too many times. They denounce what they see as a trend of “Effeminate Worship.” (Here’s a typical message. Here’s another and another.) Apparently, modern churches have become “feminized,” unlike the old days when men were men. This means […]

New Creation #5: Nailed to the Cross

New Creation #5: Nailed to the Cross

Fifth in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song Behind the Song Carrie Elizabeth Ellis Breck (1855-1934) was a natural poet. Although she claimed she had no sense of pitch, she wrote more than 2,000 devotional lyrics while holding down the full-time job of homemaker and mother to […]

The Things We Want to Sing About

The Things We Want to Sing About

This is my contribution to Rachel Held Evans’ Rally to Restore Unity. Read about it at the link. Augustus Toplady was, frankly, a bit of a jerk. He was an evangelical Anglican clergyman with a strong Calvinist bent. If he lived today he’d certainly be one of those Calvinists, the kind who write annoyingly combative blogs ranting […]

Pop Goes the Worship War

Pop Goes the Worship War

(Or, How to Start Your Own Worship War With 7 Simple Tools You Probably Have Around Your Home If They Haven’t Burned It Down Yet) – A response to “Pop Goes The Worship” –  Why do people quarrel and fight and split hairs and churches over something as seemingly petty as “traditional vs. contemporary music”? In […]

The Problem With "Worship"

The Problem With “Worship”

I'm hoping to start blogging more about worship and church music in the near future. Meanwhile, enjoy this from a while back. A while back on Internet Monk's website, there was a fascinating conversation on worship–you could do worse than to check it out–prefaced by this zinger: (The theological term for this, if I recall from my […]

New Creation #4: Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed?

New Creation #4: Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed?

The Song Behind the Song Isaac Watts (1647-1748) is known as the “Father of English Hymnody” for very good reason. If he wasn’t the very first to ever write a hymn in English, he was the one who showed the rest of us how it was done. A precocious youngster with an inborn knack for rhyme, […]

New Creation #3: Kyrie (With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh)

New Creation #3: Kyrie (With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh)

Third in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song Behind the Song Cornelius Elven (1791–1873) was a Baptist pastor in Suffolk, England, and a close friend of Charles H. Spurgeon. Spurgeon described him as “a faithful servant of the Lord, and an intensely fervent and sincere preacher, filled […]