The Reformation Changed the Way We Sing

Collin Hansen | February 8, 2017

We know the Reformation recovered biblical theology, with the five solas. We know it contributed to a divided Western church. We might even know how the revival sparked by Luther’s dramatic protest in 1517 eventually led to new ways of viewing work, government, economics, and more. We’ll study and celebrate those effects when we gather April 3 to 5 in Indianapolis for The Gospel Coalition 2017 National Conference, No Other Gospel: Reformation 500 and Beyond.

But did you know the Reformation also changed the way we sing? Did you know that without the Reformation, we might not even sing at all in the church today?

To learn more about this Reformation legacy and how we can recover more of it for congregational singing today, I looked to help from award-winning songwriter and musician Keith Getty. This fall, Getty is gathering together theologians, pastors, and musicians who seek to strengthen churches through a deeper, more dynamic view of theology, artistry, and mission in congregational worship. Other speakers for this landmark event include D. A. Carson, Alistair Begg, David Platt, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Paul Tripp, joined by Laura Story, Shai Linne, Stuart Townend, and a host of musicians. For more details on…

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