I Hate That Hymn

By Steve Schlossberg The only thing complained about in church more often than the lousy sermon is the lousy music. Bad preaching we learn to begrudgingly tolerate because we find ourselves without alternati... Read More...

The Way of Love: Rest

By Garwood P. Anderson “Come, Labor On.” Most Episcopalians will know that hymn, #542 in our 1982 Hymnal, to the tune of Ora Labora (Pray Work). It’s not my favorite, probably because I have for so long iden... Read More...

Losses at the Holidays

By Marisa Crofts Some of us have lost family members. Some of us have lost jobs. All of us have lost something at some point this past year, whether that’s a favorite hobby or just time with friends. Going into the holiday season, these losses tend to pa... Read More...

God’s Amazing Grace

By Bryan Owen Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see. Even in our increasingly secular age, it might be difficult to fi... Read More...

Of Hymns and Missionaries

By Daniel Martins One of the spiritual practices in which I regularly engage is to sit down at a piano or organ keyboard with a hymnal and just play through hymns, allowing myself ample opportunity to reflec... Read More...

The double cure

Toplady's “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me” qualifies as one of the richest hymns, with its biblical allusions, soteriological vision, and complex history.

Stephen, full of power and grace

Could I ask, with the martyr St. Stephen, "O Lord, give me every disadvantage, every difficulty, every hardness. Send me out with no tools, no friends, no worldly hopes of vengeance or reward. Put me among the hateful, the violent, the diseased, the unstable"?

No sweet little town of Bethlehem

As a young child, one of the first Christmas songs I learned was "O Little Town of Bethlehem." I began to think of the song as sweet but a little schmaltzy until I learned that Philips Brooks wrote the song after visiting the town itself.