Category Archives: Hymn Devotionals

Understanding the Artist by Looking at His Art: Thoughts on This is My Father’s World, Part II


I went to the Huntington Library in Southern California one Sunday on that same trip that I saw the wonderful sunset. One of my dear friends, Professor Li of Cal State Long Beach, brought me there, accompanied by his wife and one of his fellow professors. It was an awesome day. For literally the first […]

Slow Down or You’ll Miss the Best Parts of Life: Thoughts on This is My Father’s World, Part I


A few years ago I took a business trip to Southern California. I had some extra time one night, and I had a pretty nice car–Hertz automatically upgraded me to a Ford Escape. So I decided to take the name of the car to heart and to drive where the road would take me. I […]

What It Means to be “Redeemed by Christ”: Thoughts on Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It


I tend to think of myself as a pretty good driver. Unfortunately, there is one group who does not share my opinion, and this group is the New York State Police Department. In 2004, I commuted to Westbury, Long Island from Montclair, NJ. It was about a 90 minute drive each way. Well, everything was fine […]

Starting Again After Tough Times: Thoughts on Nearer, My God, To Thee


“Out of my stony griefs, Bethel I’ll raise” This is the line that jumps out at me when I sing the hymn “Nearer, My God, To Thee”. The words are by Sarah F. Adams, inspired by the words of Genesis 28. Sarah Adams was no stranger to suffering. Her mother died when she was 5 […]

Be Transformed by God’s Word: Thoughts on the Battle Hymn of the Republic


One of the best-loved hymns in history originally began with these words: “John Brown’s body lies a-smoulderin’ in the grave.” Sound familiar? No? How about this? “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”. Ah yes, that’s better. It’s “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. No doubt you’ve memorized the first […]

When Your World Falls Apart: Thoughts on It Is Well With My Soul


Have you ever heard of a man by the name of Horatio Spafford? Probably not. He lived back in 1828-1888. He lived in Chicago, and was a successful businessman. In 1871, there was the Great Chicago Fire…one of the greatest disasters of their time, similar to how Hurricane Katrina was a disaster in our time. […]

Welcome (back) to the Name That Hymn blog


Hi everyone! This is Steve, a hymn nut and the purveyor of the NameThatHymn.com discussion board and the fledgling HymnLyrics.net Web site. Back in 2005, I started writing blog posts that were loosely inspired by my favorite hymn lyrics. I wrote my posts on Blogspot.com, which Google subsequently took over and ruined. Among other things, […]