This article explores the biblical background to the hymn "Rock of Ages."
Many believers use the Psalms as a prayer book. It is also primarily God’s hymn book. From the early church the Psalter has been both the prayer and hymn book of the church. The author indicates this for the apostolic church and the church of the early church fathers. He continues with the Middle Ages and the Reformed tradition.
One of the legacies of the Reformation was the restoration of congregational singing in worship. This article shows the criteria which was used for music in the Genevan Psalter; namely, that it had to be suitable for worship, should not requiring special training, and music and lyrics should match well.
This article is the second in a trilogy looking at the heritage of hymns left behind by Philip Doddridge. Here the author focuses on the orthodoxy behind Doddridge's hymns, maintaining that the church is called to sing about Christ as incarnate, crucified, resurrected, and ascended into heaven as the head of the church.
This article is the first in a trilogy looking at the heritage of hymns left behind by Philip Doddridge. Here the author provides a short biography of Doddridge's life, with a special focus on the way his hymns have been accepted by the church. The author also discusses the nature of the hymns for congregational singing.
This article gives a history of the Genevan Psalter.