There are very clear lines drawn for a Black person in White evangelical spaces that are not often addressed. (Sanchez Fair)
"Dee, Freddy, and I were at a Common Hymnal writing retreat. We’d been writing all day. Most of the songs we’d written were mellow. So, as soon as we got together, we all had the same idea - to end our day having fun and writing something upbeat!” (Taylor Breen)"
“'Lord, Answer Again' is Fr Nelson Koscheski’s reflection on Jesus in Psalm 4. The refrain and tune is my own internalizing and response to his poem." (Ryan Flanigan)
This song is about the dry spells, where we let our disbelief get the best of us, and then proclaim our belief about the comfort and strength that comes only from the Sprit of God. (Ben Hardesty)
A timely word for this season in Christianity, given by Jonathan Martin at a Common Hymnal songwriting camp.
It started out of necessity. It began almost as an experiment. (Mark Alan)
The topic of this particular Psalm is that even in the midst of the might and splendor of creation, God is the one who is deserving of praise. (Aaron Strumpel)
"In the midst of the US presidential election of 2016, with the backdrop of a series of events fueled by racial tension and violence, the writers of 'How Much Longer' met together to write for the first time." (Art Hooker)
"A huge theme in our discussion was the racism and division we're experiencing in America. Is white America making Jesus into a white, suburban American instead of submitting to who he really is? (Savannah Locke)
"Jesus’ table is open to anyone who is willing to come. There is no elite inner circle. All are welcome!" (Mark Alan)
"To be fully known but not fully loved is rejection, and to be fully loved but not fully known is sentimentality. Only in the gospel are we completely known and completely loved” (Matt Papa)
"In the late hours of December 5th, in the final days of a dear friend of our community, Maggie du Plessis, the Lord gave me a song idea to honor her life, and a vision for gathering a few of us to finish it out." (Mark Alan Schoolmasters)
"We are in a time of unprecedented shaking--political systems are shaking, ecclesiastical systems are shaking--everything that can be shaken, is being shaken." (Jonathan Martin)
"God honors the heart willing to lay it’s brokenness at his feet, and the soul that responds to violence, abuse, and loss with the love of Christ." (Brittney Spencer)
"O Gracious Light, also known as the Phos Hilaron, is one of the oldest known Christian hymns, probably dating back to the 3rd or 4th Century." (Ryan Flanigan)