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Hymns of the Christian Faith Series

Beginning June 19th, New Covenant Presbyterian Church will begin a Sunday School series on the hymns of the faith, "Tell Me the Old, Old Story: A History of the Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Christian Faith." Following the example of Ligon Duncan and Derek Thomas, we will consider the history, theology and arrangements of some of the most well known hymns in the Christian church. In preparation for this series, I asked Paul Jones what he considered to be the more trustworthy and helpful resources dealing with the stories behind the compositions of great hymns. The following are some of the more resources Dr. Jones has recommended, or that I have come across:

A Dictionary of Hymnology ed. John Julian. Richard Mouw and Mark Noll, ed. Wonderful Words of Life John Brownlie The Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Christian Hymnary Samuel Woolcock Christophers Hymn-Writers and Their Hymns John Gadsby Memoirs of the Principal Hymn-Writers George Alfred Leask Hymn Writers of the Nineteenth Century Edwin McKean Long Illustrated History of Hymns and Their Authors Arthur Edwin Gregory The Hymn-Book of the Modern Church


Ligon Duncan and Derek Thomas Hymns of the Faith (vol. 1) Ligon Duncan and Derek Thomas Hymns of the Faith (vol. 2)


Derek Thomas God Rest You Merry Gentlemen Ligon Duncan Come Thou Long Expected Jesus Derek Thomas O Little Town of Bethlehem Derek Thomas Silent Night, Holy Night Ligon Duncan Good Christian Men Rejoice Derek Thomas Away in the Manger Ligon Duncan Hark the Herald Angels Sing Derek Thomas It Came Upon the Midtown Clear Derek Thomas While Shepherds Watch Their Flock By Night Ligon Duncan Thou Who Was Rich Beyond All Splendor Ligon Duncan Joy to the World

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