The CCEL Times 4.8 (August 3, 2009)
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From the Director
The CCEL's sister site, Hymnary.org, is a database of hymnody designed to serve the needs of worship leaders, scholars, and anyone else looking for information about a hymn. If you ever find yourself paging through indexes of hymnals, this site can help.
This past month we added the Dictionary of North American Hymnology—intended to be a comprehensive index of all hymnals published in North American to 1978, though a few were omitted. So now you can get nearly complete publication information on hymns. Have you ever wondered how many hymnals have "Amazing Grace"? At least 1012, or more than 20% of all hymnals published in North America.
Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
— the opening lines of Dante's Inferno
Featured Discussion Group
Murray's Absolute Surrender
This will be a searching, challenging, and possibly life changing study of Andrew Murray's Absolute Surrender, allowing each member to explore and share thoughts and beliefs on the subject set before us, that is, entire sanctification for the purpose of union with the Divine. I am approaching this study from the viewpoint of traditional holiness teaching and members of all views, who wish to study this branch of mystical religion are welcome.
Featured HymnGreat Is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas O. Chisholm
"There is no circumstantial background for Great Is Thy Faithfulness," writes its author, Thomas O. Chisholm. He goes on to say that it was simply the result of his "morning by morning realization of God's personal faithfulness." Chisholm wrote the text in Vineland, New Jersey, in 1923, and sent it to his friend William M. Runyan, who composed the tune. Set to FAITHFULNESS, the text was published in Runyan's Songs of Salvation and Service (1923). "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" is a vibrant testimony to the faithfulness of God, a testimony Chisholm reaffirmed in 1941:
I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that he has given me many wonderful displays of his providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.
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