Saturday, February 5, 2011

Video: Singing the Bible in Worship

Every month, the editors of Christianity Today prepare a video introduction to our digital edition. The digital edition is a bonus feature available only to print subscribers, but the video introduction is always available on YouTube.

The March edition of CT features four articles on worship or worship music, so I decided to say a few words in this video about the relationship between the Bible and our singing.

Here's a fun fact that got edited out for length: 

Almost 250 years after the publication of the Genevan Psalter, when John Newton and his friend William Cowper were writing hymns like "Amazing Grace" and "There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood," they had to avoid singing these hymns in the Sunday morning service. That would have attracted negative attention from the church authorities, so these hymns were restricted to the less formal Sunday evening service. Read more!