Keith Getty on What Makes ‘In Christ Alone’ Accepted and Contested
Neither Getty nor the Celebrating Grace publisher was available for comment. That left the committee in a bind, Bringle said. He said some of his church members are fans of the song and will be disappointed that it was dropped.
Bringle wrote about it in the May issue of The Christian Century magazine, but it got little attention until it captured the attention of the blogosphere. Other conservative bloggers such as David French of Columbia, Tenn. Bringle said the controversy proves that hymns still matter.
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People care about them and get upset if someone tries to change a song they love. Harland is the director of LifeWay Worship, the music department of the Nashville-based publisher affiliated with the Southern Baptists.
He said he admires the Presbyterians for paying close attention to the lyrics of hymns because songs make emotional and intellectual connections with worshippers. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Known and respected today by musicians and worship leaders throughout Britain and beyond, his involvement in Christian music dates back over 10 years.
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As an artist, he has made two solo albums: Say the Word and Personal Worship. But it is perhaps as a songwriter that Stuart has made his most enduring contribution to the contemporary worship movement. A few weeks later Keith sent some melody ideas, and the first one on the CD was a magnificent, haunting melody that I loved, and immediately started writing down some lyrical ideas on what I felt should be a timeless theme commensurate with the melody.
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So the theme of the life, death, resurrection of Christ, and the implications of that for us just began to tumble out, and when we got together later on to fine tune it, we felt we had encapsulated what we wanted to say. In Christ alone my hope is found He is my light, my strength, my song This Cornerstone, this solid ground Firm through the fiercest drought and storm….
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Townend and Getty both admit they are motivated by the idea of capturing biblical truth in songs and hymns that will not only cause people to express their worship in church, but will build them up in their Christian lives. One e-mail described how a U. I feel that the song has helped to stir faith in many believers that God really is our protector; that our lives are in His unshakable hands.