Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Hymnology: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
~Romans 6:22

Hymn Story

In 1744, the famed Methodist evangelist John Wesley compiled and published A Collection of Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (available for your perusal here). This collection featured 18 carols composed by his brother Charles, the most famous of which is Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus. This beloved hymn found such universal appeal that it was even included in a hymn-book published by Augustus Toplady, whose infamous disputes with the Wesleys are well documented. Continue reading

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Hymnology: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

“Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.
~Zechariah 2:13

Hymn Story

Sometimes, when we talk about singing the “old hymns,” we mean the hymns we used to sing when we were young. But every so often we get to sing a hymn that’s REALLY old, from the days when Christianity itself was young. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence gives us the opportunity to connect with our past while we ponder our future. Continue reading

One Day (Living He Loved Me)

Hymnology: One Day (Living He Loved Me)

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
~Romans 8:29-30

Hymn Story

When Presbyterian pastor J. Wilbur Chapman wanted to introduce his stodgy congregation to new hymns written to stir Christians to missionary effort, his Consistory refused to allow it. Distraught, the young minister sought the advice of famed evangelist D.L. Moody, who told him to “print one or two Gospel Hymns on cards and slip them into pews; then have your choir or soloist sing one of them.” The result brought even the most vehemently opposed elder to tears, and the congregation adopted new hymnals—and a new evangelistic fervor—at once. It was the start of one of the most successful evangelistic campaigns in American history. Continue reading