Keith Getty on What We and Our Children Sing About Matters

I met Keith and Kristyn Getty at a worship conference I spoke at many years ago. When they sang their recently composed (with Stuart Townsend) song “In Christ Alone,” my heart soared in worship, and I came home and told people, “You’ve got to hear this song!” Here’s a short bio:

Keith and Kristyn Getty

Irish singer/songwriters and recording artists Keith and Kristyn Getty are among the preeminent modern hymn composers of this generation. They’re best known for “In Christ Alone,” along with the popular U.S. recording, Awaken The Dawn and Joy – An Irish Christmas. The couple’s music has been shared at the GMA Dove Awards, Franklin Graham Crusades, The Third Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization, and with television performances for Public Television and BBC.

I recently watched part of an interview that Keith did where he challenges pastors, worship leaders, and parents to think carefully about what songs we’re giving our children to sing. What he has to say is great and important:

I appreciated Keith’s comments about helping children be deep, serious, and intelligent believers, and leading them to have big thoughts about God. Encouraging biblical literacy in our homes and churches is a huge piece of that, but certainly worship and singing also play a vital role in helping children develop a heart for God.

The Gettys have been doing a weekly family hymn sing on YouTube (don’t miss this episode featuring Joni Eareckson Tada!). Here they are with their four precious girls, singing “His Mercy Is More”:

 “In Christ Alone” remains one of Nanci’s and my all-time favorite songs. Here are the Gettys singing it at The Gospel Coalition:

Children image by GemmaRay23 from Pixabay

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries