Behind the Hymn: Nothing but the blood

Robert Lowry was a composer more remembered for the more than 500 hymns he wrote instead of the sermons he preferred to give.  He once stated: “Music, with me has been a side issue… I would rather preach a gospel sermon to an appreciative audience than write a hymn. I have always looked upon myself as a preacher and felt […]

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Behind the Hymn: Beulah Land

I have a dear friend that is named Beulah.  Every time I see her she ask me to sing her song for her.  When she first asked I was taken aback by this question and discovered there is not just one song about Beulah land.  No, in actuality there a handful of songs about Beulah land.  So this month we’re […]

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Behind the Hymn: More About Jesus

More About Jesus was written by Eliza Edmunds Hewitt and John R. Sweney provided the music. More about Jesus was one of the first collaborations of Hewitt and Sweney. The song was first published in 1887 in the hymnal Glad Hallelujahs. During a visit to the Onondaga Reservation, Hewitt was adopted into the tribe. She stated “this relationship has led […]

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Hymn Story: When We All Get to Heaven

This rousing hymn was written by Eliza E. Hewitt, while she was an invalid. She was born on June 28, 1851 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  After becoming a public school teacher, she received an injury that caused considerable health issues and spinal problems.  Hewitt became bed bound for a period of time.  During this time, she wrote many hymns that we […]

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