While ordering some books online I came across this small book first published in 1946 and reprinted in 1996 by Ambassador Books, Belfast. Since we visit the place in Edinburgh where Moody and Sankey preached and sang, I am curious to know the details of their ministry together. The author relays the story of how Moody and Sankey met in Indianapolis, to their many evangelistic tours, to their varied and amazing friendships and of course to their inspiring work. I love the story of Sankey composing the hymn “The Ninety and Nine” in Scotland when Moody asked him to sing a solo about the Great Shepherd. Sankey took a local poem to the organ with him and sang and composed the song on the spot. The song was never changed. His friendships with P.P. Bliss and Fanny Crosby are interesting, especially knowing that Sankey was blind in the final years of his life also. I realize that Sankey represents a freer style of singing than what was popular then, particularly in England and Scotland, but I believe it was a movement, not to the left of the whole spectrum but closer to the sensible middle of where God’s churches always have been.
Worship and CultureFebruary 4, 2014
In the twenty years that I have been writing Aletheia articles, perhaps nothing has been written about more than worship and culture. Worship has become the description of how we “do church,” and culture has become what we are, not what we should strive to become. Ravi Zacharias wrote, “Culture has become like a dress […]
Music and WorshipMarch 24, 2010
By Don Shrader Regarding music and worship in the church today, there is much controversy surrounding “contemporary” versus “traditional” music in our services. Some want to know what is meant by the use of the word “contemporary.” Does it mean the use of rock music or is it simply the use of praise choruses or […]
Jesus in the MidstJanuary 26, 2009
We often talk about Jesus being the center of our lives but we are not always so consistent in showing it. John was on the Isle of Patmos for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ when Jesus appeared to him standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks (Rev. 1:12-13). […]