Hymnal Update Stirs Debate Across Baptist Church

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It's about time for the Southern Baptist Convention to put out a new hymnal, and the move to update the songs has caused a little tension.

A glut of new worship songs has led to sweeping changes in the forthcoming hymnal. For the first time, nearly half of the pages will be filled with songs never before published by Baptists.

The Southern Baptist Convention has put out a new hymnal every 15 years or so since 1904. The last hymnal came out in 1991.

Blake Farmer reports from member station WPLN in Nashville.



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