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 […]

Some Timely Help from Martin Rinkart

I’ve had a hard time waking up and getting started this Saturday morning. It was an exhausting week, and I’ve felt vexed juggling church work, writing deadlines, family responsibilities, and care-giving. But last night and again this morning, I picked up a book I’d purchased in a London shop earlier this year. It told the […]

Near to the Heart of God

A couple of years ago, Andrea Doering, the outgoing (and outstanding) senior acquisitions editor at Revell Books, asked if I had any ideas for a devotional book based on hymns. I suggested a date-based approach to mining the riches of the hymnbook. I had in mind a cross between the concepts behind two of my […]