a “new” doxology?

I have many blessings in my life (many of which I probably don’t even recognize as blessings). I have a great family, wonderful friends, material possessions (that I care far too much about), and – on my better days – a faith that guides me through life. One of the earliest expressions of thanks that I learned as a young boy was the doxology, a song that religious folks have been singing to God for several centuries.

The most common version of the doxology (the one I have sung in church and at my grandma’s house since I can remember) comes from a hymn written by Thomas Ken in the 17th Century (lyrics below).

The word doxology comes from two Greek words, doxa (meaning ‘glory’) and logos (meaning ‘word’), so quite literally, doxology means “words to glorify.”

The title I have chosen for this blog – “a new doxology” – is not a statement against earlier doxologies, but an expression of my hope that together (assuming others are interested in joining me on this journey) we will create fresh new ways to express our thanks and praise, not to mention our wonder and confusion, about God. In short, I want to create doxology remixes that help today’s younger generations discover and express new “words to glorify” using language that is meaningful to them; although I never want to forget these beautiful old words…

“Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”

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3 thoughts on “a “new” doxology?

  1. I love your blog! great work. Your whole thought on doxology was great. Sometime I feel that the older songs are the true songs of worship. The current songs are overwhelmed by drums and instruments, that a simple piano brings back the true faith. A lot of churches seem like its becoming a concert during worship time. Whatever happened to the simplicity of song and hymns? It must be of that “mtv generation” you talk about. I’m glad to have friends like you who can remind me to remember faith daily because it is sooo easy to put it in the back of our heads with all the day to day, over and over again life, until those days when we feel like we need faith the most, or when we are over looking mountains and oceans which remind us of how small we really are and how great his creation is. Anyway, keep up the good work, and I’ll continue to visit your blog.

  2. I was even on my way home from work the other day, and heard this news segment on CNN about religion in the united states- and they made a good point, and it may target a little ahead of your mtv generation, but they were saying its more of a liberal generation because everyone is trying to use their ‘rights’. Did you know that one of the items prohibited at the Olympic village over in Beijing is the Bible, but not the Koran??! And, a lot of hotels are starting to pull the Bible out of their rooms, and some hotels are replacing them with intimacy packages? Its like you can just feel God’s aching for this country. What it has become when coins and courthouses don’t even have “in God we trust”.

  3. Karey, I’m not sure how to respond to your second comment because you brought up some things I wasn’t planning on addressing on the blog (political, liberal-conservative religious stuff). I guess I’ve just seen the way politics can sidetrack conversations of God/faith and turn them into something else, and I want to safeguard this blog from that sort of thing. Does that make any sense? It’s not that I disagree with anything you wrote or that I think you raise invalid issues that should not be addressed, but – if the focus of this blog is to create new “words to glorify” (a new doxology) – I’m not sure this is the right (or left) place for those discussions to happen. But maybe I’m the only one who feels this way and there are other people who think this stuff needs to be brought into the conversation. Maybe people will think I’m trying to make everything about God/faith positive, and as a result, ignoring any problems or issues within Christianity in America (I hope that’s not what I’m doing). I guess I am not sure what I think, but what I believe is that God is love; and God’s Church (with a capital ‘C’), whether gathered in sanctuaries or on a blog, is called into God’s ministry (and mission) of faith, hope, forgiveness and love (in Christ, with the help of the Spirit). So regardless of what we’re talking about on this thing, I hope we keep this at, or at least near the center. Thanks for your comments. If others have thoughts to add, please share them…

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