Are Hymns Old or Preaching New?

Posted: November 23, 2010 by Rick Hogaboam in Homiletics/Preaching, The Mysterious World of American Evangelicalism, Worship

Jared Wilson suggests that hymns aren’t outdated as much as the progression of preaching that has morphed into something that makes hymns sounds weird (link). The point being that preaching is no longer as Gospel-saturated as it once was, which provided the fitting response of the hymn because the emotions were engaged within the context of Biblical preaching. Lot’s of people say that hymns are too doctrinal and too God-centered. This explains why many newer songs lack any doctrinal precision and are filled with repetitions of how God loves us and how we love Him, as if love is the lone attribute of God toward us and us toward Him.

  1. Scott Kistler says:

    That’s a really interesting suggestion. It makes sense.

  2. Steve Cornell says:

    Good stuff. It’s interesting that if you analyze the modern praise music how often it is man centered. Many more personal pronouns are used than anything used for the Almighty.

    • Steve, I think it has been bad the last 30 years but is getting better. I’ve been encouraged by a lot of newer stuff that is God-centered but it’s probably only used in churches that are God-centered.

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