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…



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…