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One of the most meaningful instruments of teaching the life and glory of the Christian life is through the teaching of hymn or song histories. The most enduring songs of the church have wrapped the principles and experience of the Christian faith in the envelope of a gracious melody which inspires, convicts, and convinces believers and unbelievers alike. Enduring songs of the church have for centuries buoyed the hopes and aspirations of the faithful in the darkest and most troubling moments of life. Unlike much of contemporary education in America, the Church must be deliberate in its didactic efforts to keep the truth aloft, and one of the best ways to provide the local congregation with a sense of glory that belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ is to provide a window of insight provided by hymn or song histories.

Below appears a list of hymn (song) histories which are appropriate for use in a worship setting. They are intended to inform the minds and inspire the hearts of the faithful concerning the ongoing work of Christ in his Church and world.

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Sabine Baring-Gould: "Onward Christian Soldiers"

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Anglican Churches | Annual Schedule | Calendar Articles | Default Category | History of Hymns | May Articles

One of the most prodigious examples of Christian ministry is found in the legacy of the Anglican priest who gave the world the much-loved song, "Onward Christian Soldiers." Generations of Christian children were raised singing the verses of this song with wide-eye enthusiasm and even more gusto as they sang its refrain. The life and ministry of this song's author is a legacy of both articulated Christian principles and ardent Christian practice.Read more...

Francis Scott Key--The Christian Patriot

Francis Scott Key--The Christian Patriot

American Christianity | Calendar Articles | History of Hymns | July Articles

Where we live is not determined by what is around us, but by what is within us. The Psalmist re­flected upon God's goodness to his life and offered the Lord the praise that was due him. In verse seven, the Psalmist begins to recount the Lord's goodness to the Israelites through their deliverance from Egypt. In verse thirteen, he notes the fact that the Israelites "soon forgot what he had done." Their hearts of divine praise were soon displaced byRead more...

Standing Against the King: Bishop Thomas Ken

Standing Against the King: Bishop Thomas Ken

Anglican Churches | Calendar Articles | Default Category | History of Hymns

Each time the Doxology is sung, Christians should deeply sense the reverence and gratitude its words evoke for a holy God, but they should also hear its accompanying invitation to fidelity to the Word and will of God. In contemporary America, the clergy are less ready to stand against social, moral, and political decadence than were previous generations of Christian leaders. Fearing reprisal from the IRS, denominations, congregations, and local pRead more...

Phoebe Palmer Knapp (1839 -1908)

Phoebe Palmer Knapp (1839 -1908)

Calendar Articles | Christian Living | Default Category | History of Hymns | Methodist churches

Phoebe Worrall Palmer (1807-1874), mother of Phoebe Palmer Knapp, was one of the most widely known women of the nineteenth century. Phoebe Palmer was born in New York City on December 18, 1807 to Henry and Doreth Wade Worrall. On September 28, 1827, Phoebe Worrall married Walter C. Palmer, a Methodist Episcopal Church lay leader, lay preacher, and homeopathic physician in New York City. The resources received from Walter's practice allowed PhoRead more...

Christian Heritage Fellowship seeks to speak to several specific areas of need. First, we seek to advocate a biblical worldview as opposed to other world religions or secular humanism. Second, our ministry seeks to recover and advocate the truth concerning America’s Christian heritage and the positive influence of Christianity around the world. Finally, it is our desire to provide this information to believers (and non-believers) that they might be inspired to live lives pleasing to God.

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