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History of Hymns: ‘Alas! and Did’ explores our response to the cross

“Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed” belongs to a much larger family of Passion hymns which serve as rhapsodies on the wonder of “forensic justification” (a theological term meaning that through Christ’s sacrifice we receive a righteousness that is not our own). Indeed, Watts’ chief competitor in this category is probably . . . also Watts.

History of Hymns: Watts’ ‘Power of God’ composed for children

“I Sing the Almighty Power of God” Isaac Watts UM Hymnal, No. 152 I sing the almighty power of God, That made the mountains rise, That spread the flowing seas abroad, And built the lofty skies.  I sing the wisdom that ordained The sun to rule by day; The moon shines full at God’s command, […]