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Wordwise Insight, Issue #088
December 09, 2011

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): An article about the need for strong Christian hymnody to be represented a children's camps

WORDWISE HYMNS: My Blog called Wordwise Hymns for you to check out!

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Between Two Worlds

(About Christian Music at Summer Camps)

[This article appeared on my Wordwise Hymns blog, awhile ago. It's not strictly a Bible study, but I wanted to share it with the website readers too.]

"I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better" (Phil. 1:23).

Today I've been going through old recordings, with a view to transferring at least some of the songs to my iPod. (Seems to me they call it "ripping" now.) It's been a tour down the proverbial memory lane, recalling musical experiences going back fifty and sixty years.

I listened to Elbert Tindley, the son of pastor and gospel song writer Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933), author of Nothing Between, Leave It There, We'll Understand It Better By and By, and many more. Elbert and his wife Hazel traveled from place to place, presenting the gospel in word and song.

Mr. Tindley had a powerful tenor voice–and he loved his high notes! Hazel played the piano, and sang duets with him in a sweet soprano that was quite a contrast to Elbert's musical muscle. I can recall this couple singing in our church, when I was a boy, and I believe they visited in our home as well.

Nothing between my soul and the Saviour,
Naught of this world's delusive dream.
I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
Jesus is mine, there's nothing between.

Then there was the Youth for Christ Quartet, which my father trained, and in which my cousin Gord sang. Canadian evangelist Barry Moore was planning some evangelistic meetings in Europe, around 1950, and he wanted a musical group to go with him. That's the reason the quartet was put together. As a boy, I can recall being in the recording studio, when they cut a number of songs on disk. Currently I'm preaching a series of messages on ...

For the rest of this article, click on Between Two Worlds.


Come and Pay Us a Visit!

I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.

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