Gospel Strains comes from John Bunyan’s Apology (defense) of The Pilgrim’s Progress. Bunyan writes,
“This book is writ in such a dialect
As may the minds of listless men affect:
It seems a novelty and yet contains
nothing but sound and honest Gospel-strains.”
The Gospel is the good news of the life, death, resurrection, ascension, and imminent return of Jesus Christ that brings everlasting life to all who believe. For more on the Gospel, check out this page. A Strain is a “sound of a piece of music as it is played or performed.” What you read here certainly will not measure up to Bunyan’s work in The Pilgrims’ Progress (have you read it? If not, you should), the goal is the same: to put forth sound and honest Gospel-strains in plain language that our hearts would be thrilled as we look to Jesus.