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Song Book Theology: Introduction

I am not a singer. Never have been – probably never will be. I just don’t sing well and I like to spare others the misery. So what do I do when it comes to songs in worship? I know this sounds weird, but I analyze the words. I consider that as my worship to God: to discover the great truths of God that have been written into carefully crafted worship lyrics.

I’ve been doing this for a while now and have been awed at the beauty and majesty of God that is proclaimed through these lyrics. When I used to do my talk show on Moody Campus Radio, I had actually planned to dedicate the spring season of 2013 to dissecting the theology within our hymns. Unfortunately, that never happened when I took the show off-air in December 2012. It is something I still wish to do and would like to begin now.

Here’s where I need your help. There are nearly 1,000 songs in The Song Book of The Salvation Army. Although I’d eventually like to write on the theology of each one, I need help in deciding which ones to start with. I have a few in mind already, but I want you to look up songs that you think would be good to analyze and send me the names of them (or to be extremely helpful, send the numbers as well). You can either comment with them on this blog post or tweet them to me. I am only doing songs from The Song Book of The Salvation Army at this time, but I’m sure your favorite hymn is probably in it.

I hope to start regularly posting a theological examination of these texts and how they can influence our walk with God.

About the author
Blake Fewell
Blake Fewell is a Salvation Army Lieutenant serving as the Corps Officer in Marion, IN. He grew up in Rockford, IL attending The Salvation Army all his life. Blake is passionate about Salvation Army theology and ministry. Other passions include running, brass band music, social media, reading, writing, and preaching. He holds a Bachelor's degree in systematic theology from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and is working towards his Master's degree at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.