CT recently interviewed Keith and Kristyn Getty on their contribution to the modern hymn movement. I was first introduced to the Getty’s music a few years ago with the song “In Christ Alone”, and I have loved their music ever since, from songs such as “Jesus Is Lord” to “See What a Morning” to “The Power of the Cross” . They understand the purpose and intent of music and its place in the life of the Church. Here’s a sample of their philosophy for doctrinally-rich modern hymns:
I’m a child of the modern worship movement. We both are. I have a great affection for both modern worship music and traditional church music. I wanted to do two things. One was to write songs that helped teach the faith, and the second was to write songs that every generation could sing. I don’t think of music as only teaching, but I do think that what we sing profoundly affects how we think. It profoundly affects how we feel. It affects, therefore, our emotional and our didactic relationship with God. But what we sing is for people of all ages.
The radical thing is that in the Old Testament, everybody came together and sang. And in the New Testament, the Jew and the Gentile, the Greek and the Roman, the young and the old all came together and sang together. That’s the witness of church history. It’s not some kind of food court where everyone chooses their favorite music and goes that direction.