Articles by H. B. Hannum
Hymns and hymn tunes, gospel songs, and other types of music used in the work of the church are often criticized. Why this difference of opinion?
To worship and glorify God should always be the objective of the musical parts of the church service.
Our monthly music column looks at the technical features of the hymnal.
What are the canons, or laws, of sacred music which should govern our choice of sacred music ?
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A wedding is a happy time for the bridal couple. When this climax to the period of courtship is reached and the solemn vows of marriage are to be taken, the ceremony, if performed in a church, should be in harmony with the church atmosphere.
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The power and influence of music in the program of the church is greater than we sometimes realize. There is no doubt about the good influence that carefully selected religious music has upon the Christian in developing taste and sensitivity to the beautiful expressions in art.
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Against the continual bombardment of the ears.
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What kind of music should we as Christians enjoy?
The playing of hymns on either the organ or the piano is no insignificant matter. Too often the musician neglects his education in the truly effective playing of hymns.
The Seventh-day Adventist church is an evangelical church, believing that its prime objective is the proclaiming of the gospel in the world and the winning of souls to the kingdom of God. This means that our music should be evangelical in its objective. But evangelical suggests different meanings to various people. It is a word that embraces many kinds of missionary work and many kinds of music.
There is an increasing number of young people in the church who are longing to be fed by a better class of music than is sometimes used. In music as in all other things we should be eager to learn and to use the very best.
A number of devotional tunes now contained in the best collections in Europe and America are known to have had a secular origin.
Let us now consider some of the governing principles of aesthetics, so important in the evaluating of hymn tunes, and the basic laws of beauty as seen in operation in various tunes.
The subjects usually considered of first importance to the ministerial student in our schools are the various lines of English, Bible, a knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, public speaking, methods in pastoral work, and kindred studies. It is imperative that the minister specialize in these important studies, as he can never become too mighty in the Scriptures and in personal evangelism.
Distinguishing secular and religious music.
Help in understanding the qualities and essentials of sacred music.
Who can compute the mystic power of music? Who can measure the influence it exerts for weal or woe?