Articles Online

Articles in support of Exclusive Psalmody
OPC Minority Report on Song in Worship (for EP) by John Murray and William Young, 1947, this is a response to the Majority Report  (against EP) that was subsequently adopted by the OPC.
A Special Exegesis of Eph. 5:19 and Col. 3:16 by John McNaugher
Preface to the Genevan Psalter by John Calvin
The Directory of the Publick Worship of God by the Westminster Assembly 1645
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A Brief Defense of Exclusive Psalmody by Sean PM McDonald
A Catechism on Praise by A Blaike, also here and for purchase here
A Discourse on Psalmody by William Hemphill
A Review by Joseph T Cooper of Hemphills A Discourse on Psalmody
A Dialogue on Psalmody between Alexander and Rufus by John Anderson
A Discourse on Singing of Psalms as a Part of Divine Worship by John Gill
Ancient and Modern Modes of Singing Psalms by M.R. 1862
Ashamed of the Tents of Shem by JG Vos
A Psalmody Debate , and here by Banner of Truth a summary of a debate between Brian Schwertely (For EP) and Ben Shaw (Against EP). Note: The Banner of Truth Organization has identified itself as being Against EP (Iain Murray)
Are the Psalms Really Appropriate for New Testament Worship? by Laverne Rosenberger
Christ in the Psalms by ES McKitrick
The Christology in the Psalms by William Binnie
Committee Report on Psalmody for RPC USA Session LXII 1891
The Controversy Over Exclusive Psalmody by H Lindsey Williams
Discourses on Scripture Psalmody by Hugh Brown
Do we sing Jesus Christ’s name in the Psalter? by Travis Fentiman
The Ends, Command and Notion of Singing the Psalms by James Durham
John Calvin and the Wonder of the Psalms by Angus Stewart
Let us Worship God brochure by the Free Church of Scotland
The Oldest Songs by Chris Coleborn
On (not?) Singing the Name of Jesus by Iain Campbell
Our Own Hymn Book Versus God’s Own Hymn Book: A Critique of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster Hymnal by Angus Stewart
Preface to the Bay Psalm Book (1640) by Richard Mather
Preface to the 1650 Psalter
The Psalms and Their Use or the Matter and Manner of Praise by WW Barr 1879
The Psalms in Present Day Apologetics by Jesse Johnson
Psalmody Objections Answered: Are they Paraphrases? by Richard Bacon
Psalm Singing, A Reformed Heritage by J. Kortering, also here
Psalm Singing in Calvin and the Puritans by Joel Beeke and others, an excert from a new book called Sing a New Song from Reformation Heritage Books
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs commentary by various authors
The Psalms and Uninspired Hymns by Hugh Martin (Extracts from a Speech by Dr. Hugh Martin, in the General Assembly of the Free Church, 3rd June, 1872.)
The Psalms in Worship by Bill Whyte
Psalms Only, Right or Wrong? by KM Macdonald
The Psalms in the Worship of the Church, an RPCNA Study Committee Report
The Psalms, Metrical Psalmody, and the Psalter  by Rev. Kenneth Hanko
Psalm Singing by Malcolm Watts
Psalm Singing in Scripture and History by Reg Barrow
Psalmody by MNR (Against EP) an editorial published in The Presbyterian Magazine, Nov 1880
Psalms and Hymns by William Macleod
Psalmody A Response to M N R by G W (for EP) from the Reformed Presbyterian and Covenanter Magazine 1880, in response to an article in The Presbyterian against Psalmody.
Psalmody A Response to M N R by Robert Stewart (for EP) from the Evangelical Repository 1879 in response to an article in The Presbyterian Magazine against Psalmody.
The Psalter in Worship, The Covenant Setting by Rowland Ward (mostly EP)
Purity of Worship EPCA article
The Reformed Family: MUSIC by MaryBeth Lubbers
Remarks on Philo’s Answer to some Questions on Psalmody by John Anderson 1844 This is the Response by Dr. Anderson to a minister who called himself “Philo”. Some questions were circulated on Psalmody and Philo took it upon himself to answer the questions (Against EP) in publication. Anderson answers in support of EP.
A Reply to Charlestoniensis on Psalmody by William Ramsay Hemphill 1842 Part 1 of 3 Charlestoniensis was Dr. Thomas Smyth. Originally published in the Charleston Observer, republished in the Evangelical Guardian, Vol 1, 1843 and Vol 2, 1844
A Reply to Charlestoniensis on Psalmody by William Ramsay Hemphill 1842 Part 2 of 3 Charlestoniensis was Dr. Thomas Smyth. Originally published in the Charleston Observer, republished in the Evangelical Guardian, Vol 1, 1843 and Vol 2, 1844
The Riches of the Psalms by Malcolm Watts
Scriptural Praise, The Case for Exclusive Psalmody by Martyn McGeown
The Scottish Psalmody by Harry JT Woods
Should the Psalter be the Only Hymnal of the Church? by Rowland Ward, a short response to Murray
Sing Psalms or Hymns? by Jeffrey Stivason (new link needed)
Singing in the Corporate Worship of the Church by R. Dean Anderson
Testimony to Exclusive Psalmody by Henry Cook
The Singing of Psalms by Sherman Isbell
Sing the Lord’s Song, Biblical Songs in Worship by John Keddie
Sing the Lord’s Song! Biblical Psalms in Worship by John W. Keddie and Hugh Cartwright
The Singing of Psalms a Duty by FM Spencer
The  Singing of Psalms in Worship by J J Lim
The Singing of Psalms in the Worship of God by GI Williamson also here and here
Singing the Psalms in Public Worship by Bill Whyte
The Songs of Zion. What Shall the Church Sing? by Herman C. Hanko, also here and here
Songs to be Used in the Worship of God by David Thompson 1848
Special Exegesis of Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 by John McNaugher
Watts’ Hymnody by the American Presbyterian Church
The Westminster Assembly and Psalm Singing by various authors
What About Hymns? by various authors
What is Your Worship Style? by William J. Edgar
Which Hymn Book Shall We Use? by Aaron Lewis
Why Psalms Only? by RJ George, also here
Why Sing the Psalms? by Terry Johnson
Why We Only Sing Psalms Without Instruments by Brian Coombs
The Worship of the Church, an RPCNA position paper 2003
Worship in His Fear Congregational Singing by Rev. Daniel Kleyn
Worship the Lord in Psalms by Herman Hanko

Blue Banner Archive, many EP articles in Volumes 1-13, PDF
Puritanboard Archive on EP

Articles or Books opposing Exclusive Psalmody or the RPW (with critical response from EPers)
Exclusive Psalmody by Gary Crampton (Against EP)
Response to Crampton by Richard Bacon (For EP)
“All I Really Need to Know About Worship…I Don’t Learn from the Regulative Principle” Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 by Steve Schlissel (Against EP)
Response to Schlissel by Brian Schwertley (For EP), also here
Response to Schlissel by GI Williamson (For EP)
Response to Schlissel by M Shand (For EP)
Psalter – the Only Hymnal (Against EP) by Iain Murray
Response to Murray by John W. Keddie (For EP)
Response to Murray by Roy Mohon (For EP)
Response to Murray by H. Lindsay Williams (For EP) and here
       Response to Murray by Rowland Ward (For EP)
Response to Murray by Malcolm H. Watts (For EP), published by the James Begg Society found here
Exclusive Psalmody or New Covenant Hymnody by Lee Irons (Against EP)
Response to Irons by…
The Regulative Principle and Singing in Worship by Stephen Pribble (Against EP)
Response to Pribble by…
A Fresh Look at the Regulative Principle by John Frame (Against RPW and EP)
Response to Frame by..
Related: A Book Review by Joey Pipa (For RPW) of  the book Worship in Spirit and Truth by John Frame (Against RPW)
Some Questions About the Regulative Principle by John Frame (Against RPW and EP)
Response to Frame by
An Examination of Exclusive Psalmody by Robert Morey (Against EP)
Response to Morey by
Issue and Interchange: Does Scripture Permit the Use of Hymns Other Than the Psalms in Worship? [Hymns allowed position] By Dr. Greg Bahnsen, (The EP position has a statement of defense but is objected in the final statement.)

Articles, reviews, and responses can be submitted to mkoller1517@yahoo.com

The Regulative Principle of Worship
Five Lectures on the Biblical Principles of Worship by GI Williamson
How We Worship as a Church by Christian Adjumian
In Spirit and Truth, Worship As God Requires by James R Hughes, also a shorter summary here
John Owen on the Regulative Principle prepared by Christian Adjumian
New Lines of Argument for…RPW by T David Gordon
On the Regulative Principle of Worship, an RPCNA worship committee paper 2002
Our Order of Worship by Prof. Herman C. Hanko
Pleasing God in Our Worship by Robert Godfrey
Public Worship by CJ Connor, an EPCA article
Public Worship and the Reformed Faith by Barry Gritters
The Puritan Principle of Worship by William Young
Reforming Worship by Rowland Ward
Scriptural Worship by KA Macrae
Sola Scriptura and the Regulative Principle of Worship by Brian Schwertely
The Scriptural Regulative Principle of Worship by GI Williamson
The Reformers and the Regulative Principle by William Cunningham
The Regulative Principle of Worship  by GI Williamson, A paper presented at the 2001 International Conference of Reformed Churches
The Regulative Principle by Malcolm Maclean
The Regulative Principle by Hugh Cartwright
The Regulative Principle of Worship by Greg Price
Spiritual Worship by Archibald Alexander, page 496
Where I Stand on the Regulative Principle by Christian Adjemian
Worship by Arthur Allen
Worship in Spirit and in Truth by Rowland Ward
The Worship of God in the Four Gospels by John Murray

Historical Articles
The Development of the Scottish Psalter by David Silversides, here in PDF
History of the Genevan Psalter  by Pierre Pidoux
The Genevan Tunes, An Introduction by Dennis W. Royall
The Historical Use of the Psalms quotes by various authors
The History of Psalm Singing in the Christian Church by Terry Johnson
History of the Authorized Metrical Version of the Psalms from The Orthodox Presbyterian 1831
The Liturgy of Calvin by Philip Schaff
Music Fyne: Scottish Church Music up to 1603 by Alistair Warwick
Observations on the History of Psalmody and Hymnody in Christian Church Music by Tony Cowley
Psalmody, NSH Encyclopedia entry by Philip Schaff
The Psalms in History by George W Robinson
The Psalms in History by TH McMichael
Psalm Singing in the Presbyterian Church of Scotland and Australia by DK Muldoon
The Reformers on Psalms and Hymns in Public Worship by R. Faber
Scotland, the Psalms and the Garden of Good and Evil by Terry Johnson
The Scottish Metrical Version of the Psalms (1650) by Philip Rainey, also here
Scottish Psalmody from Church of Scotland Magazine and Review 1853
Shakespeare and the Metrical Psalms by Louis Benson JPHS Vol IX June 1918 from the Journal of the Presbtyerian Historical Society, June 1918
The Songs of Zion: An Appreciation of The Psalter of 1912 by Ray Lanning
The Reformation in Scotland
The Origin of our Psalm Melodies by K. Deddens
The Rise and Decline of Exclusive Canonical Psalmody in the Reformed and Presbyterian Churches: A Brief Introduction, Part 1 by John Sawtelle
The Rise and Decline of Exclusive Canonical Psalmody in the Reformed and Presbyterian Churches: The Rise of Exclusive Canonical Psalmody in Geneva, Part 2 by John Sawtelle
The Rise and Decline of Exclusive Canonical Psalmody in the Reformed and Presbyterian Churches: The Decline of Exclusive Canonical Psalmody in Geneva, Part 3 by John Sawtelle
The Rise and Decline of Exclusive Canonical Psalmody in the Reformed and Presbyterian Churches: The German Reformed Church, Part 4 by John Sawtelle

The Martial Ethos of Historic Reformed Worship: Psalm-singing for vigorous Kingdom service (part 1) by John Sawtelle
The Martial Ethos of Historic Reformed Worship: Psalm-singing for vigorous Kingdom service (part 2) by John Sawtelle
The Martial Ethos of Historic Reformed Worship: Psalm-singing for Vigorous Kingdom Service (part 3) by John Sawtelle
The Martial Ethos of Historic Reformed Worship: Psalm singing and persecution in France by John Sawtelle
The Martial Ethos of Historic Reformed Worship: Psalm singing and persecution in the Netherlands by John Sawtelle
The Martial Ethos of Historic Reformed Worship: Psalm singing, persecution, and public resistance in the 16th century British Isles by John Sawtelle
The Martial Ethos of Historic Reformed Worship: Psalm singing and civil defense in early 17th century Geneva by John Sawtelle

John Calvin
Did John Calvin write “I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art”? by John Roxborogh, the hymn is found here with credit wrongly given to John Calvin.
John Calvin and the Wonder of the Psalms by Angus Stewart

French
On Her Lips the Psalms (Huguenot) by S. Vanderploeg
The Rage for the Psalter in France by Angus Stewart

Dutch
The Afscheiding’s Commitment of Psalm-Singing by Barry Gritters
Congregational Singing by Rev. Ronald L. Cammenga
Der Psalmen Davids door Petrus Dathenus
Dutch Song Database with words and tunes of the Souterliedekens
A History of Music in the CRC by Bert Polman
Peter Datheen, Father of Reformed Liturgy by Herman Hanko
Peter Datheen: Father of Reformed Liturgy, Part 1 The Reformation in the Netherlands by Herman C Hanko
Peter Datheen: Father of Reformed Liturgy, Part 2 The Reformation in the Netherlands by Herman C Hanko
Peter Datheen: Father of Reformed Liturgy, Part 3 by Herman C Hanko
Peter Datheen: Father of Reformed Liturgy, Part 4 by Herman C Hanko
Petrus Dathenus by Christian Hege
The Psalms, the Organ and Sweelink by Normal Kobald

English
The Reformation in Rhyme on the history of the Sternhold Hopkins Psalter

Instrumental Music
Instrumental Music in the Worship of the Church by John Girardeau, also here
Review of Girardeau’s Instrumental Music in the Worship of the Church by RL Dabney
What did the Early Church Believe About Musical Instruments? by various authors
Old Light on New Worship by Geoff Thomas a summary of a book by John Price
The Free Church of Scotland and Instrumental Music, A Warning from History by Jeffrey Stephen
The Introduction of Instrumental Music into the Worship of the Free Church Unscriptural, Unconstitutional, and Inexpedient by John Kennedy
Why We Only Sing Psalms Without Instruments by Brian Coombs
Why Not Instrumental Worship by Brad Freeman

Misc.
A Classification of the Messianic Psalms by William Binnie
The Titles of the Psalms in the Septuagint by Henry Sikkema
Church Planting by Psalm Singers blog post by Malcolm Maclean
How to Use a Split-leaf Psalter, A Book Review by Sherman Isbell
Learning and Loving the Trinity Psalter by Terry Johnson
Of Chanting or Singing the Psalms by William Law
God’s Sovereignty and the Psalms by Stephen R. Houck
Therapeutic Praise by David Murray

Book and Psalter Reviews
Andrew Myers reviews the new RPCNA Psalter, The Book of Psalms for Worship
Seth Stark reviews the new ARP Psalter on the Ruling Elder blog (2011), The ARP Psalter with Bible Songs: An Initial Review
1650 Psalter A Review by Logan West
Comprehensive Psalter A Review by Logan West
Psalms for Singing 21st Century A Review by Logan West
Scottish Psalmody A Review by Logan West
Sing Psalms A Review by Logan West
The Psalter of 1912 A Review by Logan West
Book of Psalms for Singing A Review by Logan West
Book of Psalms for Worship A Review by Logan West
Complete Book of Psalms for Singing A Review by Logan West
Collected Reviews A Review by Logan West

News Articles Concerning EP
Wee Frees May Allow Hymns… at News.Scotsman.com
Music to the ears of Free Church modernizers concerning the FCS vote to allow the singing of hymns at News.Scotsman.com
Free Church of Scotland allows for the singing of hymns and the use of musical instruments a statement at the FCS website
Psalmody and Apostasy (against EP) by Donald Macleod

The Psalters
The 1650 Scottish Psalter with Notes by John Brown of Haddington, also here
The 1650 Scottish Psalter
 at hymnary.org
The Psalter of the Free Reformed Churches of North America (FRCNA)
1650 Psalter words and tunes
The Book of Psalms for Singing RPCNA

Hymnals (for reference)
The Psalter Hymnal of the CRC, 1959
The Trinity Hymnal at hymnary.org
Trinity Hymnal Resources
gospellyrics.com
Preface to the Psalms Imitated in the Language of the New Testament by Isaac Watts

Scholarly Articles on the Psalms or Psalmody, not necessarily EP
The Protestant Reformation and Charismatic Tendencies by Brian Coombs (EP)
The Division and Order of the Psalms by Dean Anderson Jr.
The Psalms as Hymns in a Liturgical Context by Cas JA Vos, argues against the inspiration of the Psalm titles, skip this one if you can
The Psalms in Anglican Worship by Richard Sherratt
The Westminster Directory of Worship of 1645 by Alan Cliford. Some good information here (especially in the footnotes) but Cliford comes to some wrong conclusions, ie. that the EP position is forced and that Calvin wrote hymns.
Ezra 3, Union With Christ and Exclusive Psalmody Part 1 by Vern Poythress (WTS Journal article) (Against EP)
Ezra 3, Union With Christ and Exclusive Psalmody Part 2 by Vern Poythress (WTS Journal article) (Against EP)
Sing to the Lord a New Song, A Study of the Changing Musical Practices in the Presbyterian Church of Victoria 1861-1901 by Laurence James Moore

Foreign
Presbyteriano Reformado Psalter in Spanish
Discussion of the Spanish Psalter at the Heidelblog

REALLY Obscure stuff related to the Psalter no one will care about but me
French Decorative Bookbindings site some discussion of the production and style of the Genevan Psalter
The Enchiridion: Notes on Sources for the French and Genevan Psalter

The links above are provided for the education and edification of those interested in exclusive psalmody.  Hopefully you won’t find anything weird, unorthodox or inappropriate, but if you do please let us know.

2 responses to “Articles Online

  1. Greetings in the Lord! This is a rich library of useful material. However, it seems that a large number of links are broken. An update at some point would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Thanks!

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