How Sweet the Sound: The Message of Our Best-Loved Hymns

InterVarsity Press, 2003 M12 5 - 191 páginas
From generation to generation, Christianity is passed down not only through words that are spoken but also through words that are sung. The church's life and vitality has often been profoundly shaped by the great hymns of the faith. But there is more to hymns than classic melodies and stately lyrics. Embodied and preserved in our hymns are the key doctrines of Christian belief. When we think of God's character and attributes, we speak of him as a mighty fortress, a bulwark never failing. When we consider his goodness to us, we remember that great is his faithfulness. And when we think of God's life-transforming power, we sing of amazing grace, how sweet the sound. Musician and preacher Richard Allen Farmer explores the messages of twenty-five of the greatest hymns of the Christian faith. With careful exposition and thoughtful reflection, he shows how biblical truths are encapsulated in a hymn's lyrics, stanza by stanza or even in a single line of a single verse. His consideration of familiar texts uncovers fresh meaning and new significance for the Christian journey. Rediscover the profound insights of Christian hymnody. You will never sing these hymns the same way again.

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Farmer (M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary) is a classically trained pianist, concert artist and Bible expositor whose itinerant music and preaching ministry has taken him to hundreds of churches and dozens of countries. Prior to his present ministry he served as a senior pastor and as dean of the chapel at both Gordon College and Taylor University. He has been awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Gordon College (1996) and the honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology degree by Houghton College (1999).

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