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(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

treasures.

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

traditional “hymns”

gospel songs

choruses

global music--congregational songs from Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean,

and elsewhere

spirituals

  • and more.

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