The Worship Quote of the Week for (02/18/2003):

The Old Hymns
Sometimes we may think that we are the first generation of Christians to
experience such intense discussions (arguments) over appropriate materials
for corporate worship. Not so! Todayís WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK is taken
from the preface of an 1892 hymnal. The author is Basil Many, Jr., and his
argument, even 110 years ago, is that we canít afford to lose the old hymns.

For some years it has been apparent that the rage for novelties in singing .
. . has been driving out of use the old, precious, standard hymns. They are
not memorized as of old. They are scarcely sung at all. They are not even
contained in the undenominational song-books which in many churches have
usurped the place of our hymn books.

We can not afford to lose these old hymns. They are full of the Gospel; they
breathe the deepest emotions of pious hearts in the noblest strains of
poetry; they have been tested and approved by successive generations of those
that loved the Lord; they are the surviving fittest ones from thousands of
inferior productions; they are hallowed by abundant usefulness and tenderest
memories. But the young people of today are unfamiliar with them, and will
seldom hear many of them, if the present tendency goes on unchecked.

[The full preface is included later in this message.]

ó Basil Manly, Jr. (1825-1892), from the preface of THE CHOICE: A NEW
Baptist Book Concern, 1892. [This volume, obviously out of print, is
contained in the amazing collection of the James P. Boyce Centennial Library
on the campus of The Southern Bapist Theological Seminary. Visit where you can search the catalogue. For more on this
particular author, take a look at]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky