Story Behind the Song: ‘The Old Rugged Cross’

If someone approached you, asking you to name America’s most popular hymn, no doubt many of you would respond with “The Old Rugged Cross.” It has been the most favored of the approximately 300 songs written by George Bennard. George Bennard Bennard was born into a very modest family in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1873. His… Read More

Why the Church Needs War Songs

When I was a teenager, I loved listening to Christian hardcore music. You know, the kind where someone “screams” into a microphone, where you can barely understand it. Guitar and drums rhythmically pound in the background. Many Christians identify it as “satanic” music, because it sounds very—well, serious and adamant. As I began studying theology,… Read More