Archive for the ‘Hymns’ Category

After something like 10 hours wrangling with all this data, I think I have some results to share with you.  You can click on the images in this post to see the results, or download the whole thing as a PDF here.  Please, comment, repost, and share with anyone you think might be interested.  Is […]


I’m partnering with my friends over at Cardiphonia to put together an informal list of the “50 Songs Everyone Should Know.”  With this poll we’re aiming to discover which songs are the most important to your particular congregation, and from the aggregate results, to produce a helpful, though informal, list of 50 songs “everyone should know.” […]


Here’s my take on how to make O Worship the King work for corporate worship when leading with a guitar.  I play the song and then talk about how I’m doing it and why.  Chord chart here. I think it’s a beautiful song, with Robert Grant’s great imagery from Psalm 104 and a beautiful, singable […]


In the interest of promoting songs that I believe are among the best for corporate worship, I am planning to post several videos over the coming months.  These are just demonstrations of how one person arranges and plays these songs for corporate worship. Below is a video demonstration of Worship Christ the Risen King.  It’s […]


In the spirit of making old hymns available to the current world of guitar-wielding worship leaders, I recorded a video of Charles Wesley’s great old hymn And Can It Be That I Should Gain.  I personally think this is one of the best hymns ever written, and though the melody is challenging, I have found […]


Last week we discussed singable melodies.  I am suggesting that the most important feature that makes a song suitable for corporate worship is the strength of its melody.  Songs that get sung across the world are the ones with strong, compelling melodies that are able to stand alone, because those work well on the only […]


The human voice is the first and most important instrument on which a song must sound good if that song is going to survive beyond the cultural space and moment in which it was written.