NPR, the Getty’s, Southern Baptist Hymnals, and the Resurgence of Hymns

Keith++Kristyn+Getty+Joy++An+Irish+ChristmasLet me exclaim a hearty Amen to NPR’s piece, Modern Hymn Writers Aim To Take Back Sunday : NPR. NPR is cool like that! That they featured the Getty’s, the modern worship war, and what Southern Baptists are putting in their hymnal makes for a tri-fecta in my book. Keith Getty critiques modern worship music with sentiment that I also share. His excerpts are including within the following excerpt from NPR’s piece:

There’s no definition for what’s a hymn and not a praise song. But Keith Getty says it should be singable without a band and easy for anyone sitting in the pews to pick up. And it should say something bold.

“I think it’s to the church’s poverty that the average worship song now has so few words, so little truth,” he says. “[It] is so focused on several commercial aspects of God, like the fact that he loves our praises.”

Kristyn Getty says that some of the most popular music doesn’t show God the proper reverence.

“There is an unhelpful, casual sense that comes with some of the more contemporary music,” she says. “It’s not how I would talk to God.”

This old-school approach has made the Gettys stars with the country’s largest Protestant denomination: Southern Baptists. Mike Harland, who is with LifeWay Christian Resources, which publishes the Southern Baptist hymnal, flips through the index, counting how many Getty hymns made the latest edition — there are 12 in total. That’s more than just about any other living songwriter.


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