Why Your Church Should Appreciate Those Stuffy Hymns

I fear that some people see hymns only as nostalgic remnants from the church of yesteryear, that hymns are only useful to pass the time at funerals or revival services. Hymns, however, play more of a role than that, and research suggests that hymns contribute to our...

Learning From Hymns When You Disagree with Lyrics

Someone recently asked me to give some examples of how I would use hymns as teachable moments in a congregational setting. The question arose in response to previous articles I’ve written noting that hymn singing is problematic in contemporary American church...

When We Need Balm, Why Do We Choose Bombs?

I was raised attending a church that knew nothing of such innovations as extended session and children’s church. If you were a child at the Midway Baptist Church located four miles outside of Barnesville, Ga., on City Pond Road, you were promoted straight from...