This song has gone through some interesting developments. Two summers ago, I presented it at a songwriting workshop with Keith Getty, Steve Cook, and Mark Altrogge. They were very encouraging about the song but urged me to try to rework the chorus. Keith wasn’t sure about switching into 3/4, and Mark wanted to hear one more whoop of the hook. I tried for months to rework it, even sending about 9 different versions of the chorus to my writer/arranger friends Ruth Coleman, Kristin Campbell, and Joey Hoelscher. But we just all gravitated toward the first chorus, awkward as it might be! By this time, Joey was using a solo arrangement on the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team, and he was able to fill me in on reactions to the song…and the reactions were surprisingly positive!
Then, there’s the title thing. Several months ago, Soundforth showed me the proof for a new arrangement of the song by well-known choral writer/arranger Mary McDonald that they wanted to publish (click here for details). She recommended that the title (which I had switched to Born Again) be changed back to Chosen as His Children. This astonished me since Mary moves in much wider evangelical circles! Frankly, I was afraid the title would scare people away (even though the word “chosen” is straight out of 1 Peter 1). Well, it’s published now as Chosen as His Children, so I’ve changed titles around on the site to make everything uniform. Through the process I’ve also tweaked the lyrics just a bit, particularly one phrase in the chorus (”what love and grace” instead of the masculine “a son of grace”). For the hymn version (which is now uploaded; click here to view), I’m calling the tune BORN AGAIN.
As for Joey’s arrangement, it’s published as Chosen As His Children (link includes full demo track) by Heart Publications for solo voice, piano, and cello; and it’s on the new Pettit Team recording, Come Boldly!
More resources for this song available here!