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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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March 21, 2019

History of Hymns: ‘There Is a Balm in Gilead’

By C. Michael Hawn

Few chapters in the Bible may have resonated with the souls of enslaved Africans in North America as Jeremiah 8 did. […]

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March 14, 2019

History of Hymns: ‘Go Down, Moses’

By C. Michael Hawn

Exodus chapters 3 through 15 provides a seminal narrative in the experience of Israel – the move from Egyptian bondage to freedom. […]

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March 7, 2019

History of Hymns: ‘When Jesus Wept’

By Victoria Schwarz and Wilson Pruitt

William Billings (1746-1800), remembered as a prolific composer and singing school leader, is often referred to as America’s […]

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February 28, 2019

History of Hymns: ‘Sunday’s Palms Are Wednesday’s Ashes’

By C. Michael Hawn

This hymn by British-born hymn writer Rae E. Whitney (b. 1927) sets the tone for the holy season of Lent. 

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February 21, 2019

History of Hymns: ‘Lord, I want to be a Christian’

By C. Michael Hawn

“Lord, I want to be a Christian” is among a canon of African American Spirituals that appears both […]

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February 14, 2019

History of Hymns: ‘Why We Sing’

By C. Michael Hawn

Urban Contemporary Gospel, a subgenre of Gospel music, continues to give voice to African American creativity found historically in  […]

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February 7, 2019

History of Hymns: ‘Bless His Holy Name’

By C. Michael Hawn

Few musicians have had such a major influence on church music around the world in the last half of the 2 […]

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January 31, 2019

History of Hymns: ‘As the Sun Doth Daily Rise’

By Marcell Silva Steuernagel

When studying the history of hymns, it is not uncommon to encounter materials that remain in the church’s […]

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January 24, 2019

History of Hymns: ‘O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright’

By Marcell Silva Steuernagel

A constellation of hymnological narratives surrounds the musical activity of Ambrose, bishop of Milan (c.340-397) during the second half […]

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