Posts with the tag “song-studies”

Mixed, Misplaced, and Reappropriated Metaphors
by Patrick Swayne on June 2nd, 2023
Up from the grave, He... a rose? Well, that's not quite what the hymn says, but there are hymns that refer to Jesus as a rose or a lily. Why? Let's reflect on metaphors used in hymns.   Read More
Ancient Words
by Patrick Swayne on April 21st, 2023
One of the things I often have to remind people about as a preacher and teacher of the Gospel is that the words of the Bible have an original, ancient audience. Why? Not, why is it necessary to do this, but why is do I have to do it so often? Part of the answer is actually something really amazing about the Bible.   Read More
Do Bulwarks Need to Take Sabaoths? (Reflections on the Hymn, "A Mighty Fortress")
by Patrick Swayne on January 31st, 2023
It's a testament to Martin Luther's skill in hymn writing that we still sing "A Migthy Fortress" about 500 years after he wrote it. Though it's likely that we sing a translation rather than Luther's original German, the translation that appears in many hymnals is quite dated. Let's see if we can translate the translation to get the most out of this powerful hymn.   Read More
Why Are We Asking Birds and Beasts to Praise God? (Reflections on the Hymn, "Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah")
by Patrick Swayne on January 14th, 2023
"Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah" was a hymn written well over a hundred years ago. In spite of its age, it maintains its relevance and is still sung in churches around the world, perhaps owing in part to its connection to Psalm 148. Let's dig into both the words and thoughts of this hymn to ensure that we can sing it with understanding.  Read More