March 21, 2020

During this time of fear and uncertainty in the COVID-19 wilderness, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to be daily using my blog to share texts and videos of hymns that pass along hope and comfort. I hope you find them to be encouraging and edifying during this time. Take care, everyone. Wash your hands. And keep the faith. Today’s hymn is the most famous to come out of the Protestant Reformation. The first recording is… Read more

March 20, 2020

During this time of fear and uncertainty in the COVID-19 wilderness, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to be daily using my blog to share texts and videos of hymns that pass along hope and comfort. I hope you find them to be encouraging and edifying during this time. Take care, everyone. Wash your hands. And keep the faith. Today’s hymn is courtesy of First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. The organist is Tom Trenney, who is… Read more

March 19, 2020

In the past few days, as churches have scrambled to go online only, there has been a lot of hand-wringing regarding the upcoming Easter season. Yes, if we follow the CDC recommendations, which we should because we don’t want to contribute to people dying, we will not worship together in our church buildings for Easter Sunday. This is a problem. For Catholics, possibly the most concerning thing is that catechumen are historically baptized during the Easter Vigil liturgy. For most… Read more

March 19, 2020

During this time of fear and uncertainty in the COVID-19 wilderness, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to be daily using my blog to share texts and videos of hymns that pass along hope and comfort. I hope you find them to be encouraging and edifying during this time. Take care, everyone. Wash your hands. And keep the faith. Today’s hymn is sung by some crowd and played by some organist in a BBC Songs of… Read more

March 18, 2020

During this time of fear and uncertainty in the COVID-19 wilderness, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to be daily using my blog to share texts and videos of hymns that pass along hope and comfort. I hope you find them to be encouraging and edifying during this time. Take care, everyone. Wash your hands. And keep the faith. If I had been thinking ahead, I would have scheduled this hymn for St. Patrick’s Day yesterday…. Read more

March 17, 2020

During this time of fear and uncertainty in the COVID-19 wilderness, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to be daily using my blog to share texts and videos of hymns that pass along hope and comfort. I hope you find them to be encouraging and edifying during this time. Take care, everyone. Wash your hands. And keep the faith. Today’s hymn, “Now Thank We All Our God,” is sung and played by St. John’s Episcopal Church… Read more

March 16, 2020

During this time of fear and uncertainty in the COVID-19 wilderness, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to be using this blog to share texts and videos of hymns that pass along hope and comfort. Take care, everyone. Wash your hands. And keep the faith. Today’s hymn is a beloved Charles Wesley text, one of his most popular and ubiquitous. It’s sung to ABERYSTWYTH (a fabulous hymn tune, by the way) by the Trinity College Choir… Read more

March 15, 2020

Well, this was a weird Sunday. As a professional Christian (or, Church Music Director) I only get a few Sundays off per year. So to find myself in my pajamas drinking coffee and watching the livestream of a spoken Low Mass in a parish a thousand miles away was, very strange. And while I’m grateful for the technology that made it possible, along with the backup copy of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer that I keep at home, I… Read more

March 1, 2020

Forty years later, this all seems pretty silly. I mean, it has a kitschy appeal, but like your crazy neighbor’s pink lawn flamingo, it’s not going to be taken seriously by anyone. Take a look at this 70s-era McDonald’s commercial. The pop worship of forty years ago is the same kind of thing. Today, it seems dull, lame, and outdated. In forty years, the pablum offered up today by Hillsong, Bethel, Thris Comlin, Elevation Worship, et al. will likewise be… Read more

February 21, 2020

I have struggled with depression and anxiety myself, so please know that when I wrote a post like this, I do so out of experience and empathy. Read more about my story here, if you like. These are not just vapid gospel songs that salve the soul but offer nothing of substance. I’m not going to tell you what others might have; that if you just praise God all your troubles will melt away. Those are evil lies. Reliance upon… Read more

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