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Old Hymn, New Package

January 10, 2014

The Christian faith is a movement, not a tradition. A movement by its very nature is going somewhere, progressing. Whereas a tradition is typically stagnant and rejects change. One of the idols of many traditions is music (see https://anafalz.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/church-idols-music/).

I can be contrary at times. And this is typically one area where I can be slightly contrary. Being a movement, we should expect the music we sing in service to change over time. We tend to forget that every song was new and revolutionary at some point. I love when a young, newer group takes an old hymn and puts their stamp on it. To me it acknowledges that we started somewhere, we are currently now right here, and the next generation is ready to move us forward into the future.

The new group Digital Age has done that with “How Great Thou Art.” This is a wonderful signal that the next generation is ready to step up and take some hold of the future of the faith. This is an exciting time. We should be encouraging these new, young leaders who are taking responsibility by honoring the past as they live in the present and move towards the future.

Here is the Digital Age’s wonderful version of, “How Great Thou Art.”

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