Great discussion! Our church sings a good balance of hymns and "modern worship songs". I would say that on any given Sunday at least half of the songs we sing are hynms. I can relate to some of the arguments the other Jonathon has made, even if they are not good ones. I think that my flesh desires to be entertained during a church service and modern songs cater to that perfectly, appealing to my emotional side. (As in, evoking an emotional response.) Our church just started a new project for the corporate body to memorize a hymn each month. In September we memorized the hymn "In Christ Alone" (I was a little confused why they picked something I think of as "modern"). This month we are memorizing "Before the Throne of God Above." I think it is a great project!
Hi, Jonathan. After perusing your blog a bit, I'm convinced we have a lot in common in the realm of hymnody (although I'm still a complementarian!), and I'd love to connect with you. I don't see any way to contact you via the blog other than commenting -- could you email me at chuckbumgardner at gmail.com? Look forward to hearing from you.http://jubilated.wordpress.com/
Chuck. Please feel free to email me at Jonathan.A.Aigner@hotmail.com. You can also add me on facebook, if you like. I would guess that if you searched "Jonathan A. Aigner" I would be the only one you'd find.Nice to hear from you.