Cara Visits Olney | Episode 60

In this week’s episode, Cara talks about her trip to Olney, the former home of William Cowper and John Newson and the birthplace of Olney Hymns. We talk about the idea of memorial churches, Cowper’s love of animals, and the history of the pancake race. All that and more!

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PICTURES!!

The Cowper Memorial Church, Olney
The sofa Cowper’s friend Jane Austen dared him to write a poem about. The poem can be found here.
Examples of the lace that the women of Olney would make by hand.
Cowper’s (mildly horrifying) homemade ‘Electrifying Machine’, used to relieve the symptoms of Mary Unwin’s stroke.
St Peter’s and St Paul’s Parish Church where Newton ministered during his time at Olney.

Grace Greater Than Our Sin | Episode 59

In today’s episode, we’re talking about the hymn Grace Greater Than All Our Sin. We’ll take a look at the talented woman behind this hymn, be reminded of just how mind-blowing grace actually is, and (of course) we’ll take a look at the Good Book for encouragement. All that and more!

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Fight the Good Fight | Episode 58

The gloves are off! This week we’re looking at the hymn, Fight the Good Fight. We’ll be hearing about the tragic demise of the writer, asking whether we should even be singing fight-y hymns, and reading a whole bunch of Scripture to encourage you in the good fight. All that and more!

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On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand | Episode 57

In today’s episode, we’re talking about the song My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less. Wait… no… it’s On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand. Or is it Cornerstone?? You’ll have to listen in to find out as we talk about the importance of not just living but dying in Christ, modern remixes of old hymns, and why our hope in God never changes. All that and more!

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Who’s Leading Worship Anyway? With Ali Mclachlan | Episode 55

We’re really excited to bring to you our first ever live episode, recorded in front of a studio audience at the Grace Baptist Partnership annual conference in Swanwick, Derbyshire. Our special guest is Ali Mclachlan, talking about who leads worship anyway. In this episode, we talk about what it means to lead worship, the harmony that ought to exist between our doctrine and our music, and who gets to decide what ‘good’ worship is (spoiler: it’s not us). All that and more!

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I Stand Amazed in the Presence | Episode 54

This week we’re coming away with more questions than answers as we explore the well-known favourite, I Stand Amazed in the Presence. We’ll be discussing the claim to the title ‘King of Gospel Music’, pondering some of the debate that has arisen over some of the lyrics, and reminding ourselves that the gospel is indeed both marvellous and wonderful. All that and more!

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Take My Life and Let It Be | Episode 53

In this week’s episode, we’re talking about Fanny… Ridley Havergal! She’s the writer of Take My Life and Let it Be, an encouraging song of devotion to God. In this episode, we learn a little about the life of this talented hymn writer, discuss just a few of the many Bible verses this song references, and we discover that having beautiful feet is actually in the Bible. All that and more.

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The Church’s One Foundation | Episode 52

We’re tackling an important topic this week as we dig into the hymn, The Church’s One Foundation. We’ll be looking into the controversies surrounding the writing of this hymn (and its tune), questioning our attitude towards the church, and reminding ourselves just how much Christ loves his precious bride. All that and more!

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