Category Archive: Hymn History

Mar 02

The Prayer of the Children

In January, the Freed-Hardeman Chorale toured North Texas during their Winter Tour. I was blessed to hear them sing most every night of the 12 day tour, and one of my favorite songs they sang was written by Kurt Bestor. In 2005, he shared the background for the song and how it was born from …

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Nov 25

Why Come Together?

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;He chastens and hastens His will to make known.The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;So from the beginning the fight we were winning;Thou, Lord, were at …

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Mar 12

Homonyms and Hymnology

Have you ever stopped to consider how words, though spelled alike, have a different meaning? It’s easy to see how words like post can mean something you write or something you dig a hole for. Or how stalk, can be a part of a plant or it could mean to follow someone. How about the …

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Dec 25

Stille Nacht (Silent Night)

The following account is one man’s record of how we came to know and love “Silent Night.”  The accompanying video (YouTube) is sung acapella by St. Thomas Boy’s Choir.  They’re singing this song in its original language, German.  The story is told…   In 1818, a roving band of actors was performing in towns throughout the Austrian Alps. …

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Dec 12

Joy to the World

Two brilliant song writers, separated by almost a century of time and half a world apart, created of one of the most recognizable ‘Christmas hymns’ ever sung.  Issac Watts and Lowell Mason were musical icons who blazed new trails for spiritual renewal.  Their work has touched the hearts of God-fearing men, women and children for …

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Oct 22

More Than a Coincidence

Concerning a particular situation or a specific set of circumstances some might said, ‘What a coincidence!’  But how do we know if something is coincidental (lucky) or if it’s more likely providential?  Often we look at life and see it as lucky or unlucky, black or white and yet all the while we might be …

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Jul 04

Looking Into the Dawn

There are some who are ‘early birds’ while others are ‘night owls.’  You’ve heard that the ‘early bird’ gets the worm, and the ‘night owl’ keeps vigil through the evening hours.  We all have our preferences when it comes to the morning watch or the late night.  Some are early to bed, early to rise …

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Jun 21

Show & Tell Time…June 23rd

Ask any grade school child and they can tell you all about ‘Show & Tell.’  This is the time to share with your friends something you cherish and hold as very dear.  It’s an exciting time because it’s about something you know very well.  Something that is close to you and personally dear. ‘Show and …

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Jun 19

Hymnology…A Look at the 1700’s

Richard Dent’s research and writing will again grace this website as we look at Hymnology in some general terms. Have you ever thought that there are ‘rules’ for congregational singing?  In this report we’ll look at some ideas from Wesley, Watts and Newton.  Let’s consider how we can benefit from knowing more about the history …

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Apr 22

Ancient Songs from the Old Testament

For the next few months articles will be shared from the research of my uncle, Richard Dent.  He and his wife live in Kansas where he has served in the educational system for more than 40 years.  Yet more than educating young people, he serves as a part-time preacher for the Tyrone church of Christ …

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