Thomas Ken

Thomas Ken (1637-1710) was an English Protestant preacher and hymn writer. He is best known as the author of “Morning And Evening Hymns” and the Doxology, “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”.:

Thomas Ken Hymn Studies

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    Biographical Sketches Of Thomas Ken

      1. "A Dictionary Of Hymnology" The bare details of Bp. Ken’s life, when summarized, produce three results:—Born at Berkhampstead, July, 1637; Scholar of Winchester, 1651; Fellow of New College, Oxford, 1657; B. A., 1661; Rector of Little Easton, 1663; Fellow of Winchester, 1666; Rector of Brighstone, 1667; Rectore of Woodhay and Prebendary of Winchester, 1669; Chaplain to the Princess Mary at the Hague, 1679; returns to Winchester, 1680; Bp. Of Bath and Wells, 1685; imprisoned in the Tower, 1688; deprived, 1691; died at Longleat, March 19, 1711. The parents of Ken both died during his childhood, and he grew up under the guardianship of Izaak Walton, who had married Ken’s elder sister, Ann. The dominant Presbyterianism of Winchester and Oxford did not shake the…

  • Jared Smith's Hymn Studies,  Thomas Ken Hymn Studies

    Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow

    According to Charles Buck, a doxology is "a hymn used in praise of the Almighty". It is typically sung at the end of corporate worship, before the people of God are dismissed. Some of the points covered in this sermon: • James Montgomery’s appraisal of the hymn • A short sketch of Thomas Ken’s life • The occasion and purpose for which Ken wrote the hymn • The larger compositions into which the hymn originally belonged • The theme of the hymn—those made in the image of God, should praise the God in whose image they are made • An exposition of the hymn—(1) the object of praise; (2) the givers of praise • An examination on how the hymn fits within the framework of…

  • • The Church,  Thomas Ken

    Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow

    Psalm 147: "Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to…