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Plantinga Quoted in Protest Hymns Story

Hymnary director Harry Plantinga added his perspective to an RNS piece by Adelle Banks in August 2018, speaking to the climate(s) in which hymns arise. Here's the pertinent section with Harry:

Harry Plantinga, director of Hymnary, a 10-year-old online index of hymnals, said the Hymn Society’s conference — held in St. Louis, where the Black Lives Matter movement developed — featured speakers including a Cuban hymn writer and the publisher of African-American hymnals whose songs speak to injustice in the Americas.

Staff Snapshot: Harry Plantinga

Harry Plantinga is the director of Hymnary.org and has worked at Hymnary from the start. Or, perhaps more accurately, from before the start since he and his friend Greg Scheer conceived the idea and got the first grant. 

Feature Hymn: "I Will Sing of My Redeemer"

Author: P. P. Bliss (1876)

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Staff Snapshots: Daniel Harold

Daniel Harold is one of the many behind-the-scenes people who keeps Hymnary humming. Among a myriad of daily duties for Daniel is reviewing and testing the code written by other developers to make sure it will work well before it is deployed to Hymnary.org. This could be anything from code that adds new features to bug fixes. He's also responsible for properly working servers, automatic backups, disk space and much, much more. 

Featured Hymn: "Breathe on Me, Breath of God"

"Breathe on Me, Breath of God" by Edwin Hatch (1878)

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July 2018 newsletter

Our July 2018 newsletter went out this morning. If you're not on our email list, you can see the latest issue online.

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Phil de Haan, Hymnary newsletter editor

Featured Hymn: "Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise"

Featured Hymn: "Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise" by Charles Wesley (1739)

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This hymn elaborates on the royalty and sovereignty of the ascended Christ, to which Mark alluded in his gospel: “So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19 ESV). The second stanza refers to one of the royal psalms: “Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in” (Psalm 24L9 ESV).

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Hymnary Nears 10-Year Anniversary

As Hymnary.org nears its 10-year anniversary, it now serves some 700,000 users a month, people who come to the site from around the globe. Indeed, Hymnary.org now has served some 27 million users since 2008. And those users might not be who you would expect. In fact, the two biggest age groups are the two youngest demographics. Users between the ages of 25 and 34 represent 34 percent of all Hymnary users. Close behind are people ages 18 to 25 who represent 28 percent of all Hymnary users. So almost two-thirds of all Hymnary.org users are under the age of 34! In addition, users come from 225 countries and territories and only about half are from the United States.

Staff Snapshot: Will Groenendyk

Will Groenendyk has been with Hymnary as both a full-time employee (four years now) and as a student intern (a little over a year). A 2014 Calvin graduate with a degree in computer science, he's one of the site's many unsung heroes, providing technical input and leadership for the development team. He says that what that means in practice varies from day to day, but typically involves reviewing code for quality purposes, helping developers brainstorm ways to address obstacles or bugs and ensuring that new features and fixes are rolled out in a timely manner.

June 2018 Hymnary Newsletter

Our June 2018 newsletter went out this morning. If you're not on our email list, you can see the latest issue online.

https://mailchi.mp/47f250b0766c/your-hymnary-newsletter-for-june

Or go to the latest issue to find the subscribe button and be in the know for future issues! And if you have ideas for future newsletter content (things you're wondering about, confused about, especially love, etc), let us know. Thanks!

Phil de Haan, Hymnary newsletter editor

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