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Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns

How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal

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Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781596381957
Publication Date 05/27/10

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Changes in music have affected the way we think, the way we worship—even the way we are able to worship. We are steeped in a culture of pop music that makes other genres seem strangely foreign and unhelpful. Worship has become a conflict area, rather than a source of unity.

T. David Gordon looks at these changes in worship and not only examines the problems, but also provides solutions. They are solutions of great importance to us all—because how we sing affects how we live.


"T. David Gordon's writing is refreshingly candid and insightful. In this very readable volume he helpfully contextualizes the ways pop music has impoverished our culture and worship in so many churches, while calling us to embrace again the enduring values of hymnody and psalmody. I encourage anyone concerned about biblical worship to read this book."

Paul S. Jones


The Author

T. David Gordon

T. David Gordon

T. David Gordon was professor of religion and Greek at Grove City College for more than twenty years. Previously, he was an associate professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and, for nearly a decade, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashua, New Hampshire. He is the author of several books and numerous theological articles.