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The Trauma of Changing Church Music: An Ironic Story

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, many people are traumatized by the changing of music in church. I am one of those people. I must confess that I am bugged when I’m singing a familiar hymn, one I memorized in my youth, and all of a sudden everybody else is singing different lyrics. […]

Crown Him With Many Crowns: A New Verse

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

In yesterday’s post I explained the unusual origin and history of the hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” Though most hymnals today include four verses of this hymn, its original author, Robert Bridges, wrote six. Then, a couple of decades later, another writer composed six additional stanzas, intending them to replace the original six. The […]

The Surprising Origins of a Great Hymn

Monday, March 29th, 2010

One of my favorite hymns, and one that is frequently sung during Holy Week and Eastertide, is “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” The lyrics of this glorious hymn celebrate the multi-faceted sovereignty of Christ.
If you were to look in several different hymnals, you’d find some variation in the lyrics of “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” […]