Tim Henderson has now posted his summary of Martin Hengel’s essay, “Hymns and Christology.”
Here is something to cleanse the palate before heading into the craziness of Thanksgiving/Black Friday.
We, who mystically represent the Cherubim,
And chant the thrice-holy hymn to the Life-giving Trinity,
Let us set aside the cares of life
That we may receive the King of all,
Who comes invisibly escorted by the Divine Hosts.
As much as I usually resist it, I find there’s still a lot of Bell County, Kentucky in my spiritual pilgrimage. So here’s to Southern gospel music, heart-felt religion, the hope of heaven, and good old fashioned meat-and-potatoes spirituality.
Now, off to church. The faithful gathered in Jesus’ name, the word of God proclaimed, the bread and the cup: Rapture!
Mark D. Roberts tells a story about what happens when a cutting-edge, “praise-and-worship” church pushes the envelope by introducing a new style of church music.
I love Mark D. Robert’s proposed new verse for “Crown Him with Many Crowns”! It is simply beautiful:
Crown Him the Lord of grace,
Messiah, chosen king,
Called as God’s servant to embrace
The way of suffering.
A thorny wreath of pain,
Pressed down upon his brow,
Foretells the time when he shall reign,
And every knee shall bow.
A perfect addition when singing this hymn during Holy Week and at other times when it is deemed worth remembering that the only crown Jesus ever actually wore was a crown of thorns.