My Hope is Built – Pomo Hymn #357

Don’s comment today inspired me to re-post my version of his favourite hymn.

#357 My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (Pomo version 2.4.6)
From the Skinny Postmodern Hymnbook ,based on post in 2001

My hope [acknowledging mystery/rejecting secular rationalism] is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. . .[historically narrational over propositional] I dare not trust the sweetest frame [suspicion of construct/text/logic systems] but wholly [holistically interconnected, rejection of gnostic dualism, systemic thinking] lean [experientially] on Jesus name. [authority source transcending visible human institutions] On Christ the solid rock I stand [post-foundationalist] All other ground is sinking sand [deconstructionalist] All other ground is sinking sand.” [value judgment based on communal experience of screwing up our lives when we place our trust in secondary sources and not primary]


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • gareth says:

    very nice. do we sing the bits in brackets? 😉

  • Andrew says:

    Multi-taskers might do it, but it might be easier to let the choir sing the background.

  • robbymac says:

    What would you do with “here I raise my Ebenezer?”
    That wouldn’t be too crass, I mean…
    About “My Hope Is Built”… Could you work in something about binary oppositions?

  • Josh says:

    That’s fun to think about some hymns in such a manner.

  • And don’t forget “support me in the whelming flood” [primordial symbol of chaos and evil, as well as a pomo metaphor for reality].
    “When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay” [centered-set theology]
    Awesome work. Thank you.

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