Hymn Stories and Hymnology

A friend who saw yesterday’s Expository Songs announcement asked what resources I use to learn more about hymns and hymnwriters. It might be of general interest, so I’ll post it here as well: Hymn Stories Books of hymn stories are typically targeted to a...

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...

Sermons and Hymnwriting

The hymns of an era often mirror the quality of that era’s sermons. Isaac Watts and John Newton belonged to an era of expository sermons, an era of rich and deep reflections on a passage of Scripture. Their hymns, and the hymns of other writers from the 1600s...

G.A. Henty and the Christian Worldview (Full)

This article was originally published in Home School Digest, Volume 18, Number 3. At the time it was published, around seven years ago, several publishers and distributors were actively marketing Henty’s books to homeschooling parents as safe, educational books...

I Know Something

I don’t know everything. That’s something our culture wants to make sure every Christian admits. There, I did it. I don’t know everything, but I do know something. Our culture rightly notes that no Christian knows everything. But, as my pastor...