Question:

Do you know of any way to get a hold of a collection of hymns written by members of the churches of Christ. I very recently joined the church and have been wondering why we sing songs that were written by unsaved people? I actually love these old hymns like "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name", but I have felt odd singing them knowing that some of these were written by people who did not believe in baptism for the remission of sins.


Answer:

What makes a song worthy to be used is what it says and not who wrote it. See: Evaluating New Songs. There are many song writers producing quality hymns. You can find a list of past writers from the church in Hymn Writers Among Churches of Christ. Song books, such as Sacred Selections for the Church, Hymns for Worship, Praise for the Lord, and Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs are all edited by members of the church and feature a number songs written by members. There are also groups that are working to create outlets for songs written by Christians, such as Songs of the Church, which publishes individual songs and is creating albums to teach those songs.

Thank you, Jeffrey. Some very good advice.