by John Ellis
I love hymns. However, that wasn’t always the case. I’ve always loved listening to music, but, more often than not, over the course of my life, that music was far afield from the hymn genre. While I’m not sure if it’s a product of having reached middle-age or my sanctification (probably both), I find myself listening to hymns more and more. Not only is the artistry in hymns rich, but the message of that artistry is often directly connected to a robust theology. While recognizing that all good art glorifies God, there is something satisfying about drinking from the majestic artistic well filled with songs written for the explicit purpose of magnifying the name of God.
In order to feed my growing appetite for hymns, I remain on the lookout for albums that feature mostly hymns. Which, oddly, has proven more difficult of a task than I would’ve guessed a few years ago. Thankfully, this past December, at Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God concert, I was introduced to Jill Phillips who had recently released Lead Me Home, an album of hymns and gospel songs.