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When should you ask your church to stop singing a song?

When should you ask your church to stop singing a song? Imagine three scenarios: The song is cheesy Okay, perhaps “Shout to the Lord” is dated now. Maybe you think it’s cheesy; maybe it is. But here’s the key question: Does everyone in your church think the song is...

Book Review: God and Donald Trump (Stephen Strang)

This book contains little about Donald Trump's personal faith and worldview. The author, Stephen Strang, believes there's not much to say on the topic: "My aim in taking on this project has not been to write Donald Trump's spiritual biography—that would have been a...

Book Review: Bible Nation (Candida Moss and Joel Baden)

Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby tells the story of the Green Family, their company (Hobby Lobby), and their Museum of the Bible. The authors set themselves an admirable goal: Though their perspectives are quite different than the Green family, they...

Becoming a Website Generalist

When I'm talking to someone who wants to get into web design, the conversation often begins with the coding languages needed. Recently, a co-worker told me that her husband wanted to get into web design. We weren't long into the conversation before I realized that he...

What should your obituary say?

Back in the olden days when Apple made products people waited in line to buy, they worked backwards. They made their design teams start a project by writing the press release. First they would find a way to explain why the new features mattered to the end user. Then...

Book Review: America’s Pastor (Grant Wacker)

Some biographies have the energy and immediacy of a radio broadcaster's play-by-play. America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation has the measured, thoughtful analysis of an end-of-year magazine analysis. Dialogue and narrative tension never speed the...

Dianne Wilkinson: The Life and Times of a Gospel Songwriter

Dianne Wilkinson with Daniel J. Mount (2012)

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Dianne Wilkinson: The Life and Times of a Gospel Songwriter chronicles Dianne Wilkinson’s life story and gives the stories behind over 150 of her best-known songs.

In 1974, Wilkinson—already a church pianist and Sunday School teacher—realized that she was still unsaved. Her salvation prompted a period of serious doctrinal and theological study which provided a foundation for her songwriting career.

She began writing songs when touring with her family group in the 1970s. Her career took off in the 1980s, in parallel with the group with whom she became closely associated, the Cathedral Quartet. Songs she wrote for them include “Boundless Love,” “Homeland,” “Jesus Has Risen,” and lead singer Glen Payne’s signature song, “We Shall See Jesus.”

She has become Southern Gospel’s most recognized non-performing songwriter. Virtually every major Southern Gospel artist has recorded her songs. Around fifty of her songs have been charting singles on the industry-standard Singing News monthly radio charts; seven have reached #1. Her songs have also received multiple Dove Awards® nominations, over a dozen Singing News Fan Awards nominations, and multiple Singing News Fan Awards for Song of the Year.

The Faith of America’s Presidents

Daniel J. Mount (2007)

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Though every president of the United Stated has thought of himself as a Christian, some have denied various doctrines of orthodox Christianity. Daniel Mount carefully examines each president’s religious beliefs and compares those beliefs to the doctrines of biblical Christianity. He discusses their conversion experiences (when applicable), examines how their religious beliefs affected their presidencies, scrutinized their beliefs pertaining to God’s role in American history, and looks into important historical controversies.

The Faith of America’s Presidents contains both new and long-forgotten facts about, and statements made by many of our American Presidents. Recently discovered (or rediscovered) information leads to new or modified conclusions about the religious beliefs of Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, James Buchanan, and Richard Nixon.

The author uses original sources-letters and firsthand recollections-to offer one of the most comprehensive portrayals of the topic ever written.