History of Hymns: Introduction

Begun in 1984 by the late William J. Reynolds, Professor of Sacred Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, History of Hymns is a column that was first featured in The United Methodist Reporter before transitioning to the resource catalog of Discipleship Ministries.  The tradition of this hymnological column lives on as it is currently written by Dr. C.Michael Hawn, who is the director of the sacred music program at Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas.

Dr. C. Michael Hawn

Education
D.M.A., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1975;
M.C.M., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1972; 
B.M.E., Wheaton College, 1970

Teaching Specialties
Worship and music, worship and culture, Seminary Singers, hymnology

Research Interests
Global music and worship, cross-cultural worship, enlivening congregational song

Selected Publications

:: C. Michael Hawn, ed., New Songs of Celebration Render: Congregational Singing in the Twenty-First Century (Chicago: GIA Publications, Inc., 2013)
:: C. Michael Hawn, contributor, Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press, 2013), http://hymnology.imprezadev.co.uk/; 25 articles on global hymnody with a focus on sub-Saharan African hymns
:: Gather into One: Praying and Singing Globally (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2003).
:: One Bread, One Body: Exploring Cultural Diversity in Worship (Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 2003).
:: C. Michael Hawn, author and compiler, Halle, Halle: We Sing the World Round( Garland, TX: Choristers Guild, 1999).

Categories: History of Hymns

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