On Writing Hymns: Stakes, continued: Martin Luther vs. Fake Martin Luther

On Writing Hymns: Stakes, continued: Martin Luther vs. Fake Martin Luther

‘Tis the season. Away in a manger, no crib for a bed The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head The stars in the Heavens looked down where He lay The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes I…

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Book Review: God and Donald Trump (Stephen Strang)

This book contains little about Donald Trump’s personal faith and worldview. The author, Stephen Strang, believes there’s not much to say on the topic: “My aim in taking on this project has not been to write Donald Trump’s spiritual biography—that would have been a very short book” (page 169). Whether or not intentional, this remark parallels…

Book Review: Bible Nation (Candida Moss and Joel Baden)

Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby tells the story of the Green Family, their company (Hobby Lobby), and their Museum of the Bible. The authors set themselves an admirable goal: Though their perspectives are quite different than the Green family, they aimed to write a balanced narrative with empathy for positions other than…

Book Review: America’s Pastor (Grant Wacker)

Some biographies have the energy and immediacy of a radio broadcaster’s play-by-play. America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation has the measured, thoughtful analysis of an end-of-year magazine analysis. Dialogue and narrative tension never speed the place up. But Wacker also never gets so bogged down in details that the pace slows to…

Hymn Stories and Hymnology

What resources can you use to learn more about hymns and hymnwriters? Hymn Stories Books of hymn stories are typically targeted to a popular (non-academic) audience. Then Sings My Soul Vol. 1, Robert Morgan: Morgan’s books are the bestsellers for a reason; they’re not too detailed for a general audience, and they’re well-written and engaging….

Expository Songs

Six years ago, I began to find and organize songs where the main idea of the song is also the main idea of a Bible passage. (I call this kind of song an “expository song.”) Last year, I started posting my research on expositorysongs.com, with one post for each chapter of the Bible. I posted the…