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Hymns, Hymn Singing, Hymnals, Hymnology

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June 25, 2014

History of Hymns: Introduction

Begun in 1984 by the late William J. Reynolds, Professor of Sacred Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, History of […]

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November 15, 2018

History of Hymns: “Amazing Grace”: Part I

By C. Michael Hawn

“Amazing Grace” resides in a sphere of public awareness that few hymns can claim. Some think it is […]

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November 8, 2018

History of Hymns: “Creating God, Your Fingers Trace”

By C. Michael Hawn

Imagine that the first hymn you ever wrote won a contest. Then imagine your surprise that you won the contest, […]

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November 1, 2018

History of Hymns: “For All the Saints”

By Braxton Kubasko

The hymn “For All the Saints,” written by John Bell (b. 1949) and Graham Maule (b. 1958), is part of […]

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October 25, 2018

History of Hymns: “Early in the Morning”

By Cynthia Wilson

In this brief, yet stunning text and tune, Johnetta Johnson Page extracts one phrase from Psalm 63 that takes me to […]

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October 18, 2018

History of Hymns: “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy”

By Cynthia Wilson and C. Michael Hawn

The genre affectionately known as the Negro spiritual is acknowledged as the foundation of Black American music. Since Western African […]

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October 11, 2018

History of Hymns: “Beams of Heaven as I Go”

By Cynthia Wilson

In the Africana worship tradition, texts of ritual song have typically given meaning to the nature of the world: in […]

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October 4, 2018

History of Hymns: “Jesu, Tawa Pano” and “Already Here”

By Cynthia Wilson

At the turn of the century, The United Methodist Church recognized the need for additional worship resources to serve as […]

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September 27, 2018

History of Hymns: “One Bread, One Body”

By C. Michael Hawn

Scripture is replete with images that stress the unity or oneness of the body of Christ. Congregations celebrate the ecumenical […]

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September 20, 2018

History of Hymns: “Great is the Lord” and “How Majestic Is Your Name”

By C. Michael Hawn

The Psalms have always been a fertile source of inspiration for musicians. From monastic psalm chants and the metrical versions […]

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