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 […]

The Prince of Prague Who Ended Up in a Christmas Carol

You know about “Good King Wenceslas” from the Christmas carol. But do you realize the real Wenceslas was a godly teenager who has left a legacy lasting for over 1000 years. Born about AD 907, Wenceslas never actually became a king; the Christmas carol had it wrong. He was a prince and the Duke of […]

The Oxyrhynchus Hymn

After years of waffling about it, I’ve finally decided to add a third and final volume to my Then Sings My Soul series of books of hymn studies. Hopefully it’ll be out near the end of the year from Thomas Nelson Publishers. While researching this volume, I’ve come across the oldest Christian hymn in existence […]

The Secret Chamber

Isaac Watts was a lifelong bachelor (he once proposed to a girl, was turned down). He lived in borrowed (but elegant) quarters. He spent much of his time writing great hymns and, later, influential textbooks. And he somehow balanced the tasks of pastoring a church (he died in the pastorate) and producing a massive volume […]