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Which advent is in view in Joy to the World?

We are entering a wonderful time in the year when we can reflect upon the advent of our Lord and the redemption that comes through faith in him. One of the most enjoyable ways to do this is through the singing of classic Advent and Christmas hymns. Songs like “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

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Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal, by T. David Gordon

Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal, by T. David Gordon. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing Company, 2010. 186pp. $12.99. T. David Gordon is Professor of Religion at Grove City College in Grove City, PA, where he has served in this capacity since 1999. He earned the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Roanoke College and the

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A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church, by Calvin R. Stapert

A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church, by Calvin R. Stapert. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007. 232 pp. $18.00. In his book A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church, Calvin R. Stapert, who taught for many years at Calving College in Grand Rapids, sets out to bring to the

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Assist Me to Proclaim: The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley, by John R. Tyson

Assist Me to Proclaim: The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley, by John R. Tyson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007. 356 pp. $17.50. John R. Tyson is currently Visiting Professor of Church History and director of United Methodist Studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He graduated from Grove City College with the Bachelor of Arts and from Asbury Theological Seminary

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A Hymnal Without A Binding: Intentionally Developing a Corpus of Congregational Song

Every local congregation has a corpus of congregational song that serves as a basis for the selection of music for corporate worship. In churches of the nineteenth and twentieth century that was often the hymnal of the church. In many churches today, hymnals have been replaced with digital resources that instantly grant access to thousands of songs. The possibilities with

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Congregational Singing and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Southwestern Seminary is hosting this semester an exhibition of rare Dead Sea scroll fragments, twelve of which have never been seen by the public. It’s really a remarkable source of research and information about the time when Jesus lived and the early church was formed.

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How has popular culture changed the way we worship on Sunday mornings? An interview with T. David Gordon

Here is an interesting interview with T. David Gordon produced by the White Horse Inn.

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