Category: History of the Hymns

“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” – History of the Hymns

Elisha A. Hoffman – 1887 Anthony Showalter, the principal at Southern Normal Musical Institute in Dalton, Georgia was a great inspiration for this beloved hymn.  Showalter was an elder at a local Presbyterian church and a well-known fan of gospel music.  During his life,… Continue Reading ““Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” – History of the Hymns”

“At Calvary” – History of the Hymns

William R. Newell – 1985 While president of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Dr. R. A. Torrey received a letter from a distressed father.  The letter was from a Pastor who had a wayward son, Bill (nickname for William), that was breaking his… Continue Reading ““At Calvary” – History of the Hymns”

“Amazing Grace” – History of the Hymns

John Newton – 1779 For many of us, a mother’s influence is one that tends to linger, and that was no different for John Newton.  Although John’s mother died when he was only 7 years old, his memories of her were clear.  He would… Continue Reading ““Amazing Grace” – History of the Hymns”