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So Amazing: How God Called me to Preach, Rap and Reach the Youth
Hip-hop itself is not a genre I like as much as it is a culture that I grew up in and a lens through which I see the world. I am hip-hop. 
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"Take and Eat:" A Hymn by and an Interview with Jess Leslie
Kristen Padilla interviews Jess Leslie for the 2022 issue of the Beeson magazine, "Singing the Faith," about hymn writing. Leslie shares a song she co-wrote with Drew Kearney. 
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The Role of Hymns in African American Tradition, Preaching
Kristen Padilla interviews Tyshawn Gardner for the 2022 issue of the Beeson magazine, "Singing the Faith," about the role of hymns in the African American tradition. 
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Methodist Preaching: Spoken and Sung
The hymns of Charles Wesley (1707- 1788), younger brother of John Wesley, are often overlooked as significant means of “poetic proclamation” that both informed and inspired the people called Methodists.  
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Christ "Hymn" in Philippians 2:6-11: The Significance of Christology and Ecclesiology for Contemporary Worship
Is Philippians 2:6-11 an early example of a Christian hymn? In this article, Dr. Sydney Park argues that even though it isn’t an early hymn, this text provides an important theological framework for contemporary worship. 
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Worship in the Old Testament: The Musical Drama
Christian readers have a spiritual intuition about worship in the Old Testament. On the one hand, we immediately recognize that Israel’s tabernacle/temple worship is not for the church to practice, but on the other hand we see that traditional Christian worship reflects in many ways the practice and perspective of worship in Israel.  
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Speaking to God in Song
Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs have been central to Protestant worship ever since the Reformation. They have always been a part of Christian piety, of course. But during the 16th century, they came to play a much greater role than ever before in history.  

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