Tomorrow’s Hymns exists to promote theologically rich songs deeply rooted in Scripture.
Some of you will know me from other projects. I wrote daily posts about the Southern Gospel genre from 2006-14 at Southern Gospel Journal. I’ve done extensive research cataloging thousands of expository songs, a song where the main idea of a passage of Scripture is the main idea of the song. Also, I’ve written a few books.
The story begins on a summer day in June 1999.
Actually, it doesn’t. Let’s go back a few years earlier. My parents went to a local Christian bookstore, looking for a radio hit, “Watch the Lamb.” But they came home with the wrong cassette.
On second thought, let’s put “wrong” in quotes.
The bookstore sold them Michael Card’s The Beginning, including the song “God Will Provide a Lamb.” They played the tape, realized it was the wrong song, and put the tape in storage.
Back to June 1999. I was not quite a teen when my life changed. I played this tape for the first time, and a song called “Jubilee” stopped me in my tracks:
I had grown up in churches that sang ’90s Integrity and Maranatha praise choruses. I didn’t mind the songs. They were okay.
This was different.
Here was a song that deeply engaged a passage of Scripture. It brought out Messianic implications I’d never contemplated. By its closing chord, I knew: I wanted to do that, too. So I have studied the art of crafting Christian lyrics ever since.
This website isn’t just about the modern hymns movement. Sometimes the hymn you’ll sing tomorrow was written today. Sometimes it was written four hundred years ago.
Songs with profound Biblical lyrics have value whatever their musical style. So we’ll look at a new Getty or Townend hymn. But we’ll also consider classics by John Newton or Dianne Wilkinson, and introduce names you might not know like Jamie Soles or Lee Black. And we will study together what it takes to craft a theologically profound hymn.