By Steve Webb
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Pioneering podcaster Steve Webb tells the stories behind some of Christianity's greatest hymns, then plays the song, often with a contemporary flair, from some of today's most talented musicians.
||HS56: Lifespring! HymnStories “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”||Written by Charles Wesley in 1744, this hymn first appeared in the 1745 “Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord”. Listen for the story behind the song. . Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788 Music: Rowland H. Pritchard Co||4/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||HS55: Lifespring! HymnStories “Jesus Shall Reign”||This is a show dedicated to renewing love for the great hymns of the Christian faith. In this episode I tell the story behind the hymn “Jesus Shall Reign”, which was written in 1719 by Isaac Watts, with the music being written by John Hatton.||9/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||HS54: Lifespring! HymnStories “How Great Thou Art”||Carl Boberg, a 26-year-old Swedish minister, wrote a poem in 1885 which he called “O Store Gud” (“O Mighty God”). The words, literally translated to English, said: When I the world consider Which Thou has made by Thine almighty Word And how the||7/20/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||HS53: Lifespring! HymnStories “Jesus Loves Me – Revisited”||Take Two Revisiting the story behind “Jesus Loves Me”, perhaps the best known children’s hymn of all time. The reason we’re doing this is that, when I did it in HymnStories #2, I didn’t have a version of the music with the lyrics that was clea||5/1/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||HS52: Lifespring! HymnStories “Away In A Manger”||Away In A Manger Was written in 1887, and is commonly known as “Luther’s Cradle Hymn.” But did the great German Reformer, Martin Luther, really write the words? Did he sing them by the cradle of his little son, Hans?||12/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||HS51: Lifespring! HymnStories “He Hideth My Soul”||Bouncing back- that’s a quality to be cultivated, because life is full of struggles. How do we become resilient? Unsinkable? Joyful amid the blows and burdens of life? This hymn tells us: A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,||9/30/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||HS50: Lifespring! HymnStories “Jesus, I Come”||Jesus, I Come 1887 One of the best histories of the gospel song era is George Stebbins’ autobiography, Reminiscences and Gospel Hymn Stories. Stebbins was born in ht e mid-1880s in New York and showed early musical prowess. At age twenty-three,||8/25/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||HS49: Lifespring! HymnStories “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”||Jesus must have been a bird watcher, because we see Him refer to birds many times in scripture. Listen to the show for the story of how this encouraging hymn was inspired. Our hymn is performed beautifully by Natalie Nicole Gilbert.||6/17/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||HS48: Lifespring! HymnStories “A Tribute To Dottie Rambo”||Dottie Rambo went to be with the Lord on May 11, 2008. This episode of Lifespring! HymnStories is dedicated to the memory of one of this generation’s most prolific writers of Christian music.Read More...||5/14/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||HS47: Lifespring! HymnStories “He Leadeth Me”||Written during the darkest hour of the American Civil War, this hymn is based on the twenty-third Psalm. Listen to the show for the author’s own account of its writing. Music on the show: The London Fox Singers “He Leadeth Me” (mp3) from “Hymn s||4/29/2008||Free||View in iTunes|