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Page CXVI – Hymns/Free Music

Page CXVI have released a second volume of (mostly) older hymns recorded with more contemporary rock style arrangements.
To mark the release of the second volume, the first volume is available for download free of charge for the next seven days.
Trial volume one, then purchase volume two.
The arrangements are available for wider as backing tracks and chord charts.

You can listen before you download.
If you like this sort of thing you like, you’ll think this is okay.

Thanks to Desiring God for the link: Hymns II from Page CXVI and a Free Album.

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What We Would Have Missed

One family shares the outcome of their decision not to kill their baby.
Just the thing to warm your heart on a cool autumn day.

HT: Tom In The Box; Z.


The Favourite Hymns Of 100 Years Ago

Robert Cottrill published the following on his Wordwise Hymns blog as the ‘Top Hymns Of 1899’.
I think I know 26 of the 32 hymns listed here and about 20 of them would be songs that we’d use at mgpc.
These sorts of lists cause me to wonder how many of today’s top 30 songs will still be know in popular use in 100 years time.

How many of these do you know? What new song/s do you think will stand the test of time?

Louis Fitzgerald Benson (1855-1930) was a pastor, music historian and author. In 1899 he compiled a list of the hymns that appeared most often in 107 hymn books published in the late nineteenth century. The hymnals came from several denominations, in both North America and Great Britain. The list says nothing about the quality of the hymns, but it does suggest they were known and used by many. Each of the 32 songs below appeared in at least 86 out of 107 hymnals. They are listed from the most frequently published down to the least.

1. Rock of Ages (106)
2. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (104)
3. Jesus, Lover of My Soul (104)
4. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night (103)
5. Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken (103)
6. Sun of My Soul (103)
7. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun (101)
8. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (101)
9. Abide with Me (101)
10. Jerusalem, My Happy Home (101)
11. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds (101)
12. Nearer, My God, to Thee (100)
13. From Greenland’s Icy Mountains (100)
14. O God, Our Help in Ages Past (100)
15. Jerusalem the Golden (99)
16. Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending (94)
17. Jesus Shall Reign (94)
18. Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (93)
19. Hark! the Glad Sound, the Saviour Comes (92)
20. Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs (92)
21. All Hail the Pow’r of Jesus’ Name (92)
22. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (91)
23. O Worship the King (91)
24. Christ the Lord is Ris’n Today (90)
25. Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (90)
26. Just as I Am, Without One Plea (90)
27. God Moves in a Mysterious Way (90)
28. Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (89)
29. Children of the Heavenly King (87)
30. There is a Land of Pure Delight (87)
31. Thou Whose Almighty Word (86)
32. Brief Life Is Here Our Portion (86)

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Steven Colbert Explains The Simple Solution To The Health Crisis

If you can’t afford health insurance, forget about mandates and confusing plans, just bring a chicken to the doctor.
Colbert explains what is the genuine position of a Republican candidate.
Everything is better with animals.

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Seminary Training: Campus Based or Online?

Christianity Today features an article about the growth of online seminary education: ‘The iSeminary Cometh’. Here’s a one page link.
Scott Clark provides a vigorous reply about the value of campus based training: ‘And Now for the Rest of the Story’.
Clark also has an essay which carries the same theme in a more nuanced fashion: ‘Why Pastors Need A Seminary Education’.

I have sympathies with some of Clark’s points. You’ll hear the same points made in support of campus based education in many disciplines.
But I wish the campus based theological industry would make those points with a little more humility.
Campus based training is not an imperative. But it is wise, especially when the campus is accountable to, and a part of, the denomination whose pastors they are training.
The argument should be about why campus based training is the best choice, not the only choice.
Then, of course, the seminary has to see itself as an accountable, serving part of the church.


Because He’s Too Modest…

One of the positives of blogging has been encountering people I wouldn’t have otherwise met.
Alistair Bain is based in Launceston, has completed studies for the ministry, and is being ordained tonight into his role as Assistant to the Minister at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Launceston.
A ‘human interest’ profile article ‘Former Launceston lawyer now works for a higher power’ was published today in the Launceston Examiner.
Al was a bit concerned about his content, but it seems the journalist had a pretty fair idea of the article she wanted to write. It’s fascinating to read what someone in Al’s position actually says about Christian ministry and then contrast that with how the journalist phrases her understanding of what is said.
And the picture doesn’t look too bad. They could have had him lighting a candle or chairing a meeting or something like that.

The first comment is a bit of a hoot as well.