For me, there is no either/or with old hymns or contemporary songs. It isn't like everything I sang growing up was of the "Be Thou My Vision" quality. I've had quite enough of "You Never Mentioned Him to Me" (with those wonderful lyrics "you taught me not the light to see"--basically a guilt-inducing hymn about all the people you failed to teach the gospel and who are paying for your failures at judgment day), "Toiling On," and "Each Day I'll Do a Golden Deed." And I certainly don't think all of the newer songs are shallow. Like in every generation, the best will live on (we'll be singing "In Christ Alone," "Here I Am to Worship," and "Wonderful, Merciful Savior" fifty years from now--I hope) while others will fall to the wayside. That's just the way it is. AND YET . . . we just can't let go of the best hymns. I want future generations to be nurtured by "Blessed Assurance," "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less," and "Rock of Ages" -- songs that taught me things about the gospel I wasn't hearing from preaching or teaching as an adolescent. I want them to be encouraged by the depth of faith expressed in "God Moves in a Mysterious Way," "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go" ("I trace the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain, that morn shall tearless be"), "When Peace Like a River," and "Be Still My Soul." And I want them to be able to join in the generations who have stood in awe before a holy, mighty God singing "On Zion's Glorious Summit," "Holy, Holy, Holy," "How Great Thou Art," and "O Lord, Our Lord." Give me the old. And the new.