The 2008 "Baptist Hymnal" features over 600 songs, including traditional hymns such as "Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound," "There is a Fountain" and "How Firm a Foundation." The hymnal also incorporates contemporary hymns, including "How Deep the Father's Love For Us" and "The Risen Christ." As of 2015, the "Baptist Hymnal" is widely used by Southern Baptist churches, and LifeWay Christian Resources publishes a new edition every 10 to 15 years.Continue Reading
In 2007, LifeWay held a theological summit to determine which songs to include in its 2008 hymnal. The company determined 11 criteria songs must meet, including that they honor God, represent a biblical view of the church and cover the breadth and depth of Baptist theology.
Approximately half the songs from the 1991 "Baptist Hymnal" were included in the 2008 edition. Several of the removed hymns focused on the church's ministry to the poor, including "Because I Have Been Given Much," "The Church of Christ in Every Age," "Let Your Heart Be Broken" and "To the Work."
A separate company released the "Celebrating Grace" hymnal in 2010. While it includes many of the same hymns as the "Baptist Hymnal," it is used by a smaller portion of Baptist churches and displays less denominational focus. The hymnal also features more songs that focus on social issues.Learn more about Christianity