While on The Sea: A Hymn by Epi Stephan Bilak and Jack Boyd

One of the additions in the 1975 supplement to Great Songs of the Church was Epi Stephan Bilak’s translation of a Ukrainian poem.  Jack Boyd, then professor and Director of Choral Activities at ACC, arranged the music and the song became #669 in the supplement.  Shortly thereafter Boyd and the ACC chorus issued a set of LP albums to assist congregations in learning these additional selections.  Below is a scan of the song from the 1975 edition of Great Songs of the Church, Number Two, With Supplement and a link to the LP album recording which may be streamed or downloaded.  The clip immediately below contains just the Bilak-Boyd version of While on the Sea.

While on the Sea, Epi Stephan Bilak and Jack Boyd – PDF

Supplement to Great Songs of the Church, album, side 7 – mp3

Direct link to While on the Sea audio file

While on the Sea, Epi Stephan Bilak and Jack Boyd, Great Songs of the Church, Number 2, 1975

If you are interested in learning more about Epi Stephan Bilak and his work in Ukraine, please browse these materials in our online repository.

Alber-Hanna Debate on the Tithe, 1936, now available online

In 1936 John G. Alber, General Secretary of the Nebraska Christian Missionary Society, and W. H. Hanna, Minister of the Knoxville Christian Church (Pittsburgh, PA) conducted a debate on the tithe.  Originally published serially in Christian Standard, the debate was issued later that year by Reporter Publishing Company, Lincoln, Nebraska.

The proposition under discussion is:

Resolved: That according to the New Testament norm of the church there is as good reason for the Disciples of Christ to accept, preach, and practice the principle of the tithe as the minimum of their obligation to the Kingdom of Christ as for them to accept, preach, and practice the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper or immersion as the proper action in Christian baptism.–p. 7

The full text of the 176-page book is available here for viewing and download.

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, front cover

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, title page

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, title page

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, table of contents

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, table of contents

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, advertisement for "helpful literature for the churches", Reporter Publishing Company, Lincoln, Nebraska

Debate on the Tithe, John G. Alber and W. H. Hanna, 1936, advertisement for “helpful literature for the churches”, Reporter Publishing Company, Lincoln, Nebraska

E. C. Love’s International Melodies now available online

In 1924 Earnest C. Love issued a slim paperback song book containing the “oldest and sweetest songs in print.”  It is one of over 3,000 items in our Austin Taylor Hymnal collection and is the only institutionally-held copy known.  It is available for download here.

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, front cover

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, front cover

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, Introduction by Alfred Ellmore

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, title page

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, title page

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, index of first lines

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, index of first lines

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, index of first lines

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, index of first lines

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, advertisement

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, advertisement

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, rear cover

Earnest C. Love, International Melodies, 1924, rear cover