Vicit Agnus Noster

Many (20?) years ago, I heard a song I’ve never forgotten. The production of the song itself was understated but trendy CCM. The words, however, stuck out to me as quite good, and I liked the melody.

This year I discovered that the melody is actually an older hymn tune, St. Peter […]

O-Files Q&A, Hymnology Edition

Subsequent to this post, I became embroiled involved in an email conversation which I present below (lightly edited for ease of reading and public consumption).

Q: What makes a hymn a hymn? Generally I think of hymns being “(usually old) songs in the hymnbook,” but you’ve gone and said this fellow is writing hymns all […]

Hymns of the Cross: Look, Ye Saints!

Thomas Kelly has written 790 hymns, most of which are rarely sung (a notable exception being “Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him”). Some of his texts, though, are overlooked gems, including one of his several hymns of the cross, “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted” and what seems to be a Resurrection hymn, “Look, Ye, […]

Hymns of the Cross: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

It is a minor shame that, despite having spent the prior 18 years of my life regularly attending a Baptist Church, it wasn’t until I went to college that I encountered the great hymn of the faith, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.” Again, thank you Dr. Ledgerwood.

I some time ago, I started this series […]

Hymns of the Cross: When I Survey

Isaac Watts is the author of two of the most widely known hymns of the cross. Since my favorite, “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed,” was the subject of a very good article by Ryan Martin at Religious Affections, I will be content to encourage you to read that there.

The other, “When I Survey […]

Great But Unsung Hymn Stanzas, Vol. I

After recently being convinced of the necessity of developing religious affections in my children, we have begun singing some of the more theological, God-centered hymns in our family devotions.

One benefit is exposure to some great texts. Another is discovering all the original stanzas of the more familiar texts, some of which have […]