Church of Scotland minister John L. Bell, one of the world’s most prolific hymn writers of contemporary times, is coming to Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Village Presbyterian Church.
As part of the Prairie Village church’s visiting scholar program, Bell’s Scottish-burr-stirred mix of spirituality, theology and song can be heard downtown at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 and the next morning at 9 and 11 a.m. at the church.
“I want to find some way of speaking about God to the people or about the experience of the people to God,” Bell has said, “while people often forget what they hear preached, they remember what they sing.”
Bell’s efforts to refresh the Church of Scotland Hymnary were a key part of the Ionian Community worship he and others began on the little island off the west coast of Scotland. The international network celebrates Celtic Christianity and a community of God that more closely relates to the modern congregant.
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Since then he has toured the world teaching, presented music programs on BBC and written a book: “Ten Things They Never Told Me About Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to a Larger Christ.”
| Darryl Levings