Hymnology PP Copyright & Terms of Use


Copyright & Terms of Use

These PowerPoints were written (and continue to be revised) in the act of teaching at Biola University, located in the Los Angeles area.

They are offered FREE of charge.  My desire is to make a contribution to your life/ministry/college, and build up the church. You are welcome to use any part of these materials.

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01 Teaching Through Hymns Hymnology PP

When Colossians 1:28 and 3:16 are compared, it is quite clear that (at the minimum) some of our songs sung in church should have an admonishing/teaching function, and that the role of the pastor and head musician, in Paul’s view, would likely be similar.  Examine the evidence yourself, and see chapter 2 of The New Worship PowerPoints category (listed here) for more detailed argument.


03 Luther, Calvin, The Geneva Psalter Hymnody PP

Short introduction. Luther & Calvin compared on music & the church.  Luther: encourages poets to write original hymn lyrics – big mouth, outspoken, influential. Calvin: only scripture is worthy to be sung in church services – also influential. The importance of the Geneva Psalmer, a gigantic publishing enterprise by Calvinists.

04 Isaac Watts: Radical Innovator Hymnology PP

Isaac Watts, Father of English Hymnology. Fought for the acceptance of original hymn lyrics in Calvinistic England when only scripture itself was considered acceptable in church services. Meets resistance.  After his death, a cultural reversal, a changed landscape emerges.

05 The Wesley Brothers Hymnology PP

The Wesley brothers, Charles (writer of 7000 hymns!), John (preacher/ publisher/translator), were simply indefatigable. Used by God to change 18thC England. Forced to work outside the established church. Hymn examples: theological content, leanings. (I put a lot of effort into this PowerPoint – interesting details)

06 Fanny Crosby Hymnology PowerPoints

Fanny Crosby, blind, phenomenal memory! 19thC writer of 8000 gospel songs (3000 published). Goal: to win a million souls for Christ. Famous and poor (find out why). Adored by average Americans, loved by 5 presidents. Rescue mission ministry. I see tears in my student’s eyes when we talk about this amazing woman. Wrote Blessed Assurance, To God be the Glory.