Vintage Worship: The Glory of Historic Hymns | The Gospel Coalition


From Matt Boswell, a good piece on hymns: When I mention historic hymns, maybe you cringe as you recall a “worship war” in your local church. Maybe you’re eager to only sing the old hymns. Or maybe you wonder why it is important at all. My aim is not to renew local church disputes or bolster mere sentimentality, but to commend something else altogether — to encourage younger churches to remember their history by joining with the countless men and women who have shared these songs over hundreds of years. Our society is fixated on what’s new and what’s next, … Continue reading Vintage Worship: The Glory of Historic Hymns | The Gospel Coalition

‘Seven Stanzas at Easter’ by John Updike


Make no mistake: if He rose at all it was as His body; if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules reknit, the amino acids rekindle, the Church will fall.   It was not as the flowers, each soft Spring recurrent; it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled eyes of the eleven apostles; it was as His Flesh: ours.   The same hinged thumbs and toes, the same valved heart that — pierced — died, withered, paused, and then regathered out of enduring Might new strength to enclose.   Let us not mock God with … Continue reading ‘Seven Stanzas at Easter’ by John Updike