Behind the Hymn: Footprints of Jesus

Mary Bridges Canedy was born on January 18, 1826 in Fall River, Massachusetts. She was the eleventh of thirteen children born to William and Susan Luther Canedy. As a young woman she married Albion King Slade and the couple had at least four children. She was a teacher and served as assistant editor of The New England Journal of Education […]

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Behind the Song: Room at the Cross for You

He was saved at the age of twelve. By the time he was seventeen he was composing and performing his own songs and began preaching by the time he graduated college at the age of twenty-two. He was ordained into the ministry on April 28, 1939. Stanphill served several churches and was known as a singing evangelist, singing and preaching […]

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Behind the Hymn: Hallelujah! Christ is Risen

Happy Easter!  Today we are taking a look at a lesser known Easter hymn. Christopher Wordsworth was the nephew of noted poet, William Wordsworth. Christopher was born on October 30, 1807. Both he and his brother, Charles, were distinguished athletes while in school. In both 1827 and 1828, he won the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for poetry. He became an Anglican […]

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Behind the Hymn: I Will Sing the Wondrous Story

  I Will Sing the Wondrous Story was written by Francis H. Rowley in 1886. Francis Harold Rowley was born in Hilton, New York on July 25, 1854. His father was a doctor. After graduating from Rochester University, Rowley attended Seminary and was ordained to the ministry in 1878. Rowley wrote, “I was minister of the First Baptist Church of […]

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Behind the Song: There is a Redeemer

  There is a Redeemer was written by Melody Green in 1977. Melody had grown up in the Jewish faith of her forefathers, who survived persecution in tsarist Russia. Today Melody says, “My family history has played a large part in shaping my heart to absolutely disdain all types of persecution, prejudice, and injustice. Some things are just wrong. My […]

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Behind the Song: The Lord’s Prayer

  Jesus taught us how we should pray to our God in heaven. His prayer became known as The Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer can be found in Matthew 6 and Luke 11. The Lord’s Prayer tells us how to approach and honor God, to seek God’s will, to thank him for all things, to ask for forgiveness and to […]

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Song Story: Put Your Hand in the Hand

Put Your Hand in the Hand is a catchy, upbeat tune that was written by Gene MacLellan. Anne Murray first recorded the song for her 1970 album Honey, Wheat and Laughter with Capitol Records. I’ve not been able to find the details which prompted MacLellan to write the song. Gene MacLellan was born on February 2, 1938 in Quebec, Canada. […]

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Song story: The Love of God

Frederick M. Lehman, the 20th Century author and composer of the hymn The Love of God, wrote a pamphlet in 1948. He wrote the following account of writing the song in his pamphlet “History of the Song, The Love of God.” “While at camp meeting in a mid-western state, some fifty years ago in our early ministry, an evangelist climaxed […]

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Song Story: Where Could I Go But To the Lord

Where Could I Go, But to the Lord was written in 1940 by James Buchanan {also known as J.B.} Coats. Mr. Coats was born on April 6, 1901 in Summerland, Mississippi. By the time he was fourteen, he was teaching music classes and leading evangelistic singings. The inspiration for the song came years earlier when Mr. Coats was sitting beside […]

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Behind the Song: The Uncloudy Day

  The Unclouded Day is a popular gospel song, especially with quartets and church groups. I was surprised to discover the song was written in 1879. The song was written by Josiah Kelley Alwood. He wrote in A Rainbow at Midnight and A Song with Morning in 1896, the following account that inspired the song: “It was a balmy night […]

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Behind the Song: He is My Everything

If you’ve listened to any of Elvis Presley’s gospel songs, you may have heard him sing, He is My Everything. The song was written by Dallas Frazier. Dallas Frazier is an American country musician and songwriter. He was born on October 27, 1939 in Oklahoma. He stated in an interview that he began writing music when he was about 11 […]

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Behind the Hymn: Angels from the Realms of Glory

Angels from the Realms of Glory was written by Scottish poet James Montgomery. James Montgomery was born on November 4, 1771 in Scotland to Irish parents.  His father, John Montgomery, was the only Moravian pastor serving in Scotland at the time. When James was five, his parents left him with a Moravian group in County Atrium, Ireland while they went […]

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Behind the Song: Mary, Did You Know

             Mary, Did You Know? is a popular Christmas song that was written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene.  The song originated from Lowry’s desire to ask Mary, “what was it like to raise God?” Mary Lowry is a popular comedienne that has also been a member of the Gaither Vocal Band off and on […]

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