Introducing Metrical Psalms

Introducing Metrical Psalms January 26, 2017

For the first time since I’ve been teaching, I brought a guitar with me to class and sang to/with my students.

Teaching a course on the Bible and music does strange things to one’s pedagogy. I decided to record the class, mainly so that I could see what it was like. Not nearly as bad as I feared it might be. I was grateful that a colleague sat in, so that at least someone there knew classic rock songs that the teenage students did not…

The class focused on metrical psalms, and so I was delighted to have an opportunity to mention and make use of the recent book Singing God’s Psalms by Fred Anderson. Metrical psalms are not a thing from a bygone era, but an element of contemporary worship – especially when you combine the words with some of the tunes that I did!

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