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Thank the Lord and Come with Praise

Occasionally something one has worked on for months suddenly and unexpectedly comes together.  I’ve been thinking deeply about Christian education, its ‘why’ and ‘how’ and ‘what’, and things are finally making sense to me, just in time to discuss them with others at a conference. Full of relief and grateful joy, I can’t help but sing this adaptation […]

Glory to God

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!  (Luke 2:13,14) This, the greatest song ever sung on earth, has been dreamt about for millennia, and here are three human […]

Review: 21 Lessons in 20th Century Music Appreciation

Do you want to engage your older students with music that they already know something about? 21 Lessons in 20th Century Music Appreciation begins with the marches of Sousa and ends with movie scores of the last few decades, showing a breadth and flow of music history that will resonate with teens as well as children. […]

Introducing the New Genevan Psalter

For over 450 years, churches, families, and individuals throughout the world have used some or other version of the Genevan Psalter to pray and praise using the Psalms.  In fact, this is the only psalter from Reformation times that is still being published in its entirety, and currently its popularity is increasing in various languages throughout […]

Review: The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts by Douglas Bond

  Even though many of his hymns are still loved and sung, Isaac Watts himself, the ‘Father of English Hymnody’ is not well known.  Who was he?  Why did he write his hymns?  What influenced him? Is his work still important today? Douglas Bond, who attributes a deeply emotional conversion experience to Watts’ hymn ‘When […]

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