(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.8)
Learn a New Definition of “Hymn”
When some people hear the word “hymn”, their hearts are warmed. They think of songs that
have proven deeply meaningful to them through all the storms and seasons of life, songs of
lasting truth passed down from earlier generations. “Hymns” are dear friends and precious
To others, the word “hymn” suggests a song that is dated and stodgy. “Hymns” seem to plod
along stiff-legged, like a horse with no knees.
Whatever your associations with the term “hymn”, forget them. Following is the definition we’ll
use in this book, and I hope you’ll adopt it as your own. I believe it can expand your vision of
what hymns can be.
A hymn is a Christian congregational song, period. It is any song that God’s people sing for
themselves, as opposed to songs they simply listen to or have performed to them. Hymns are
all the songs we sing together, regardless of style. They include:
praise & worship songs
global music--congregational songs from Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean,