The CCEL Times 3.5 (May 1, 2008)
In This Issue:
From the Director
Introducing the Hymnary
For the past several months here at the CCEL, we’ve been working on a new database of hymns and worship music. Do you want to search for a hymn text or tune? Find a hymnalBible text or a setting of a tune in a different key. that has it? Perhaps you are a worship leader and you would like to find a hymn on a certain
These are some of the kinds of uses we support in the Hymnary. Jointly sponsored by the CCEL and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, the Hymnary
currently has 14,225 hymns indexed, of which 2,986 have the full text
of the hymn, and 4,977 media files including MIDIs, mp3s, notation
files, and sheet music.
We’re still working on the site—we have
a new theme planned for introduction this summer and we’re adding
hymnals and other resources. We have improvements in mind for searching
and other capabilities. We’re going to add sheet music that can be
played, transposed, and printed, and we also hope to support the
uploading and downloading of media files such as scores and
Because the Hymnary is still under development, this would be a great time for you to give it a try and send us feedback
on how it could be improved. What features would make it more useful
for you? Also, if you are interested in adding a hymnal, editing hymn
or author information on line, contributing media files, or otherwise
joining in the project, please contact us.
We hope and pray that in the end, this resource will ably serve worship leaders and the general hymn-loving public.
Director of the CCEL
Research a Bible passage:
you are a webmaster or a blogger, have you ever wished you could add a
daily devotional to your site? Perhaps you’ve wanted to give users the
ability to look up a word in Bible dictionaries/encyclopedias or
research a Bible passage. The CCEL’s new Webmaster Tools can help! They provide easy access to CCEL resources. Let us know if there are other tools you’d like to see.
Featured Book Group
Gospel of John Bible Study
One of the most popular Book Study Groups at the CCEL is the Gospel of John Bible Study. The group is almost halfway through this glorious glospel, but it’s not too late to join in, or to go back and enjoy some of the discussion of earlier chapters. Here’s an excerpt from moderator Justin Staller’s posts on the opening verses of John:
Gospel opens with a sequence of grand and epic language. These passages
are the subject of volumes and volumes of exposition, the objects of
much theological wrangling and wrestling, and the foundation of several
different theological perspectives. … This passage, and the words
that follow, really paint a picture of a preexistant Being of Divine
status, the Word of God. Is this Word separate from the Being of God?
"The word was WITH God." Or is this being One in God? "The Word WAS
God." John seems to answer the question "Yes. Both." As I understand
it, we could wrestle for centuries over the exact meaning of this
Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage by John Ruysbroeck (1293-1381)
meekness the irascible or repulsive power remains unmoved, in quietude;
the desirous power is uplifted toward virtue; the rational power,
perceiving this, rejoices. And the conscience, tasting it, rests in
peace; for the second mortal sin, Anger, fury, or wrath, has been cast
out. For the Spirit of God dwells in the humble and the meek; and
Christ says: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,
that is, their own nature and all earthly things, in meekness; and
after that the Country of Life in Eternity.
— from "Of Meekness" in Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage
Classic Reflections on the Ascension
Christ’s bodily presence was withdrawn from the faithful by the
Ascension, still the presence of His Godhead is ever with the faithful,
as He Himself says (Mat. 28:20): "Behold, I am with you all days, even
to the consummation of the world." For, "by ascending into heaven He
did not abandon those whom He adopted," as Pope Leo says. But Christ’s
Ascension into heaven, whereby He withdrew His bodily presence from us,
was more profitable for us than His bodily presence would have been.
First of all, in order to increase our faith, which is of things
— from Question 57 in Summa Theologica, Third Part, by Aquinas (1225?-1274)
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