Tag Archives: John Bunyan

Bonus Hymn, ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

We’re about to go out doctoring, then I’ll have to buy the week’s groceries, and anyway there’s hardly anybody here today… and I felt a need for this hymn: To Be a Pilgrim, by John Bunyan. Performed with, shall we say, conviction by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

I have no idea when I’ll be back.

Sanity Break: ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

Yeah, I know, I’ve posted this hymn a dozen times before, and maybe more–To Be a Pilgrim, by John Bunyan, performed with gusto by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. After the crazed cacophony I’ve had to write up as nooze today, I need something better. A lot better!

The word of the Lord shall stand forever. Amen!

Play it Again: ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

One of the commenters on youtube called this “the great hymn NOT heard in Protestant churches.” But you can hear it here–John Bunyan’s hymn, To Be a Pilgrim, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. It’s one of my favorities, and I think the churches would be the better for hearing it more often.


‘A Defense of Fantasy’ (2015)

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I was hoping to watch some BBC Narnia today, but now I have to go pick up a prescription for my cat.

Anyway, as I try to rest between books, I thought it might be edifying to revisit the question of whether fantasy can be profitably used in God’s service.


I really can’t blame readers who think fantasy is at best idle nonsense, and at worst, some kind of dalliance with the occult. But that can be said about anything, can’t it? There’s music that glorifies God, and there’s music that debases man and everything around him. When was the last time you heard somebody zoom down the road with a hymn playing on his car’s sound system?

So of course we can use fantasy in the service of the Kingdom: and the more who decide to try to do it, the better.

‘To Be a Pilgrim’ (My Request)

To Be a Pilgrim, by John Bunyan, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band–I hope nobody minds me posting this again: my spirit needs some pumping up this morning.

The road is hard.

Keep going.

John Bunyan’s Hymn (‘To Be a Pilgrim’)

If you’ve been following this flog for a while, you know that this is one of my favorite hymns–To Be a Pilgrim, by John Bunyan, sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

As I plod through the obstacles thrown up against me by this day–don’t ask!–it put me in mind of this hymn. Keep on plodding, fellow pilgrims.

By Popular Demand, ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

These past few days, a lot of visitors to this blog have been looking for John Bunyan’s hymn, To Be a Pilgrim, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Well, this is one of my all-time favorites, so I don’t need to have my arm twisted, to post it again.

Remember, we’re always ready to take your hymn requests–so don’t be shy, speak up (well, “Leave a Reply”)…

John Bunyan’s Hymn

This is the only hymn known for sure to have been by John Bunyan, famous for Pilgrim’s Progress. It reminds us that the pilgrim’s way is hard, but that we have a Helper who can never fail. To Be a Pilgrim, by John Bunyan: and this is my favorite rendition of it, by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

One More Time, ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

Please pardon me, if you will, for again resorting to this hymn–Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band’s knock-down, drag-out rendition of John Bunyan’s To Be a Pilgrim. The pilgrim’s path is hard and steep, and we need encouragement when we can get it. I hope this rousing hymn reaches you as it reaches me.

Because We Need It: ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

If plodding through the daily news these days doesn’t make you feel like you’ve wound up in Pilgrim’s Progress, I don’t know what will. I sometimes think John Bunyan wrote that book, and this hymn, especially for us.

We must be pilgrims, not castaways. God put us here and now for a reason. Let us shoulder the burdens He gave us, and serve Him with all our hearts.

I particularly love this version of the hymn by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Go get ’em, Maddy!

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