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The Wanderer - Songs of Resistance: Wandering From the Fold
Songs of Resistance: Wandering From the Fold. AKA, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Welcome to another mini series of The Wanderer, this time focused on trying to understand and define worship. Each episode will look at the history of a particular Hymn and its origin story, how it may have roots in Justice and what it may encourage us to participate in today. Further, every episode will end with a recorded version of the song by Tim, to listen to after walking through the song's history.
This week, a well known oft sung Hymn and one of Tim's favorites: "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing." What was Robert Robinson's (Bob) journey? While this isn't a justice oriented song as the others have been, what can we glean? How does scripture in form the lyrics? What's an Ebenezer?? How did his own song come back to minister to himself?
Tim covers some of the history, but not all. Bob had a long journey that was fraught with turmoil. He had a long ministry that many loved but ostracized him at times as well. He was married and had 12(!) kids.
This is the long road.
Some points of reference:
"Was He Too Prone to Wander?" by Bruce Hindmarsh
Tim's rendition, "Wandering From the Fold," can be heard on SPOTIFY, APPLE MUSIC or any other streaming platform.
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