The Sound of Salzburg: Silent Night

The little city of Salzburg, Austria, could be called the most musical town on earth — the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the von Trapps and the Sound of Music, and the birthplace of Joseph Mohr, the author of the lyrics of the world’s most beloved Christmas carol, Silent Night. For several years I have […]

Then Sings My Soul Vol. 3 by Robert J. Morgan

Teach a Course on the History of our Hymns

Every church I know has Bible studies. Why not devote a few weeks studying the rich history of our hymnody? I’m convinced that ordinary, pew-sitting, church-going Christians need to understand the history of the hymns, because the story of our songs is the musical record of our faith. Might I suggest a textbook? In Then […]

Duly Noted

Today as I’ve been working on Then Sings My Soul Book 3 I came across something I hadn’t realized, having to do with the development of musical notes. I’ve known, of course, that the introduction of “hymns” into the English church was a matter of great controversy in the early 1700s. Many thought only the […]

Contagious Buoyancy

I don’t normally read old funeral sermons, let alone quote them. But yesterday while researching for Then Sings My Soul, Volume 3, I read the memorial service conducted for hymnist Philip Bliss after he and his wife were killed in a train wreck. Bliss was the gifted young man who gave us the hymns “I […]