Hymns

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 […]

New Creation #2: Bless Thou Jehovah (R. A. Torrey)

New Creation #2: Bless Thou Jehovah (R. A. Torrey)

Second in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song   Behind the Song R. A. Torrey was a 19th-century evangelist known for his commitment to the Word of God and the message of the Gospel. As a pastor, evangelist, teacher, author, and scholar, he has an enduring […]

New Creation #1: "Come, Christians One and All, Rejoice" (Martin Luther)

New Creation #1: “Come, Christians One and All, Rejoice” (Martin Luther)

First in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song   Behind the Song The story of Martin Luther (1483–1546) is familiar to anyone who knows even the slightest bit of church history. A German peasant turned Franciscan monk, Luther searched desperately for an authentic grace-based […]

Turn Your Eyes Upon...

Turn Your Eyes Upon…

Another in my weekly series for Quivering Daughters funny thing happens when you spend time with someone. When I was in college, I studied music with a composer named Edwin Childs. I had several classes and weekly lessons with him, absorbing as much knowledge as I possibly could. Music theory, harmony, counterpoint, hymnology, you name […]

Joy to the World (Psalm 98)

Joy to the World (Psalm 98)

“The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom” Isaac Watts (1674-1748) Psalm 98:4-8 One of our best-loved Christmas carols isn’t really about Christmas.(Technically, it isn’t even a carol.) It’s one of a set of paraphrases of the book of psalms, converted into hymn form by the 17th-century “Father of English Hymnody,” Isaac Watts: Joy to the world, the […]