Osbeck on the Importance of Hymnals

September 1, 2011

The visiting of church structures, both large and small, has always been one of my traveling delights. After observing the distinctive architectural characteristics and aesthetic features of a new sanctuary, I generally find myself browsing through the local church hymnal. I never cease to marvel at this one spiritual activity that churches of every branch of Christendom have in common around the world—voicing many of the same expressions of worship, praise and human concern. Experience has confirmed the conviction that next to the Bible, the hymnal is man’s most important aid in the worship of the Almighty.

—Kenneth Osbeck, 101 More Hymn Stories, 11; bold added

If this is the case, it would seem that making disciples of all nations includes producing good hymnals in their native languages. I wonder how many quality hymnals have been produced so far in other languages.

Rajesh

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