The Sands of Time Are Sinking

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“Immanuel’s Land” is a unique treasure in Christian hymnody. The hymn, also known by its first line, “The Sands of Time Are Sinking,” was written by Anne Ross Cousin from Roxburghshire in Scotland and was first published in 1857 in The Christian Treasury. Mrs. Cousin was the wife of a pastor in the Free Church…



Lord in Humble Sweet Submission

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In past posts I have highlighted several American hymn writers who contributed to early Southern Baptist hymnody, including Benjamin Cleavland, Abram Poindexter, and Basil Manly, Jr. Another Southern Baptist worth noting, who contributed a hymn specifically on the ordinance of baptism, was Robert T. Daniel. Robert T. Daniel was born in Middlesex County, Virginia on…



Sovereign Grace O’er Sin Abounding

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Among the many choice hymns included in William Gadsby’s A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship (1814, 1838) is “Sovereign Grace O’er Sin Abounding” by John Kent. John Kent (1766–1843) was an English hymn writer and a contemporary of William Gadsby. Kent was from a poor family and with limited opportunities for education, was largely…



Holy Holy Holy Lord

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In previous posts I have highlighted two American Baptists who contributed to The Baptist Psalmody, published in 1850 by the Southern Baptist Publication Society and recommended for use in all the churches at the Southern Baptist Convention in 1851. Benjamin Cleavland : #656 “O Could I Find from Day to Day” Abram Poindexter: #880 “O…



O Could I Find from Day to Day

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One of the first hymnals used by Southern Baptists was the Baptist Psalmody. It was published in 1850 by the Southern Baptist Publication Society and recommended for use in all the churches when the convention met in Nashville in 1851. Along with many contributions by well-known English hymn writers (such as John Newton and Isaac…



Immortal Honors

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An encouraging trend in church music over the past 25 years has been the renewed interest in hymnody. Churches are again discovering the rich theological content and lasting value of what Basil Manly Jr. called “the old, precious, standard hymns.” Manly exhorted churches in his day: “We cannot afford to lose these old hymns. They…



Responding to Gathered Worship: With a Life of Worship

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Throughout this series on Gathered Worship in the House of God we have considered the role and responsibilities of God’s people in corporate worship. The first two parts of the study addressed preparing for and participating in gathered worship. In the third and final part we have focused on rightly responding to worship. A right…



Responding to Gathered Worship: With Active Obedience

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Rightly responding to worship begins in the mind and heart. We hear and receive the Word of God as the Spirit of God works in us to help us understand and apply truth. As God’s Word brings conviction of sin, we respond with confession and repentance. As it reveals the promise of salvation, we respond…



Responding to Gathered Worship: With Joy and Praise

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When we gather as the church for worship, we come as sinners in need of forgiveness and grace. We respond with confession and repentance. We come in need of rescue and redemption. We respond with faith and hope in the promise of the gospel. But though we come as sinful and needy people, we always…



Founders Press and Logos Bible Software

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Founders Press is pleased to announce that we are now partnering with Faithlife, the maker of Logos Bible Software. Soon you will be able to read and study Founders Press titles and issues of the Founders Journal on one of the most versatile and powerful Bible software programs available. Four Founders collections are now available…