Phoebe Hinsdale Brown–A Remarkable Life!

Plus the Story Behind the First American Missionary to Japan… One of the women I want to meet in heaven is Phoebe Hinsdale Brown, who has a small vignette of a story in American history that is deeply meaningful to lovers of hymns. Hymnologists call her the first notable American woman hymnwriter. Her unlikely story […]

The Greatest Hymn You’ve Never Heard

  Te Deum Landamus: “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” What’s the greatest hymn in Christian history? What’s at the top of your personal list? Some of my favorites are: Rejoice, the Lord is King All Creatures of our God and King Of the Father’s Love Begotten And Can It Be Great is Thy Faithfulness […]

The Incredible Ira Sankey

   A few  years ago, some folks in Florida gave me an 1894 edition of Ira Sankey’s hymnal, and this particular book is personally autographed by Sankey to his wife. I treasure the book because I’m a huge fan of Sankey, an extraordinary 1800s musical evangelist who forever changed Christian hymnody. If we don’t know […]

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 […]