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On hymnody…

June 11, 2009

Hymns bring our great theology to the whole congregation. While not everyone reads the Lutheran Confessions or theological treatises, by being in church they get a large helping of solid theology. Good hymnody is important because people will eventually learn what they sing. If they sing “This is the air I breathe” or “Shine, Jesus, shine,” that is what they’ll learn. There is more orthodox theology in one stanza of a hymn like “Awake, my heart, with gladness” than in all the songs sung during a “contemporary” service. This topic is important, because just as bad theology is dangerous, bad hymnody is also dangerous. The words people sing will take root in their hearts and minds. What seeds are being planted by the hymns sung in your church? And just remember: Arius spread his heresy by using music. It can be a powerful tool, both for good and evil.

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4 Comments
  1. Thanks for your post. Pastors and musicians have an extremely important role and responsibility in selecting hymns/songs for their people to sing. This responsibility should not be taken lightly.

  2. John Brandt permalink

    Great to hear your blog was selected for Blog of the Week on Issues Etc. Hope you don’t mind if I quote your hymnody post for my students and the LHN staff.

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