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The New Testament in the Bible tells us that hymns were sung by Jesus and the disciples. The word “hymn” from the Greek language is “hymnos”, meaning “songs of praise”.  Hymns are different from Psalms according to Ephesians 5:19.  Other than that not much is known about Christian hymns during the first three centuries of the Church.


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In 1962 I returned from a 3-year pastorate in Portland, Oregon to become Pastor of The First Baptist Church of Starks, Louisiana. Since the Church and parsonage were located directly across the street from the High School, I was often asked to substitute teach there.  Band Director Bill Green called me one day and asked me to meet with his band students for the last period of that day.

A Smelly Situation



            One thing I love about working at the university is the young people I have the opportunity to associate with. We recently had two young ladies spend a lot of time in our home. One of them, Laura, was in my math class. The other, Kathy, was one of my wife’s Elementary Music Methods students. They happened to be roommates and were both city girls, unaccustomed to country life. I liked to take advantage of their naïvety and tease them.


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