Matthew Kaemingk

Matt Kaemingk is the Executive Director of the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture in Seattle. Matthew teaches courses in theology, culture, worship, and the arts. Matthew also directs Fuller's [Trans]formation Initiative in Seattle on worship and the arts. The initiative focuses on resourcing artists and worship directors in the Pacific Northwest with theological education for their creative vocations ( Matthew earned an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary along with doctoral degrees in Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary and Systematic Theology from the Free University of Amsterdam. His research and writing in worship and the arts focuses particularly on the (trans)formative power of worship for a Christian's public life and the vocation of the artist in the life of the church and the world.

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  • It is a hazardous thing to criticize a worship song. The songs we sing in church are dear to us—sacred even. Their potency comes from the fact that, over time, the songs become a part of us. Like eating and drinking, the rhythms and rhymes of these songs have a way of seeping deep into our marrow.

    So it is with a bit of trepidation that I criticize the much-beloved hymn below.