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Announcing Expository Songs

I'm excited to announce the launch of Expository Songs. It highlights songs where the main idea of a passage of Scripture is also the main idea of a song. Since so many of these songs are long-forgotten, I plan to include all available links to lyrics, sheet music,...

New Song: How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

I have just released a lyric video for my new musical setting to a John Newton hymn lyric. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ybMZdOv1i4 You can also listen to the song on SoundCloud or check out lyrics and free sheet music on Tomorrow’s Hymns.

G.A. Henty and the Christian Worldview (Full)

This article was originally published in Home School Digest, Volume 18, Number 3. At the time it was published, around seven years ago, several publishers and distributors were actively marketing Henty's books to homeschooling parents as safe, educational books for...

Discipleship Cannot Be Mass-Produced

We live in an era of mass-production. We mass-produce our cars, our computers, our clothes, and just about everything else we encounter in our daily lives. But we cannot mass-produce discipleship. What is Discipleship? When Jesus ascended into Heaven, He didn't just...

10 Books That Changed My Mind

It is easy to only read books for entertainment, and books that reinforce our current views. It is more of a challenge to read books we don't anticipate agreeing with, because once in a while, a well-presented case can change our minds. So I came up with a challenge...

The Power of the Cross

Let’s finish this project by placing the spotlight on what matters most. To survive and thrive in the future, Southern Gospel needs young talent. We need to encourage talented young singers who love this music, because if there’s going to be a Southern Gospel worth...

The Encouragers

Southern Gospel is filled with people who have made an incredible impact through their music. But there are quite a few people involved in this genre whose on-stage product is only a small portion of their legacy. I like to call them "The Encouragers." Neil Enloe is...

Song Snapshots #38: We’re Not Gonna Bow

Kenna Turner West started writing songs as a child. “But they were horrible,” she recalls. “‘Sam Lives In a Garbage Can’ is the first song I ever remember writing, and then there was the big hit, ‘He's Contagious, and He Might Rub Off On You.’” When she was in her...

Song Snapshots #36: Give Me Jesus (Couriers)

Song Snapshots is a column featuring the stories behind new and classic Southern Gospel songs. One day, the Couriers were in downtown Philadelphia. They were visiting a long-time supporter of the group who had invited them over for a meal. “She has gone on to be with...

Song Snapshots #35: Red Letter Day

Sometimes even the strongest songs take a few years to find a home. After Kenna Turner West wrote "Red Letter Day," it took three years of pitching before it was recorded. "I believed in the song," she recalls, "so I was willing to get a lot of no's until I found a...

Song Snapshots #34: If She Could

“Some songs are written as stories for other people to tell, but some songs I write because the story is mine,” Kenna Turner West shares. “If She Could” falls into that second category. Her grandmother battled Alzheimer’s for about ten years. It reached the point...

The Power of Simplicity

The Southern Gospel songwriters of the 1970s produced a decade of enduring classics that has never been matched. The decade's greatest writers, including Bill & Gloria Gaither, Rusty Goodman, Dottie Rambo, Ronny Hinson, and Squire Parsons, all hit a creative peak...

Song Snapshots #33: Ask Me Why

Jason Cox and Kenna Turner West co-wrote “Ask Me Why.” Cox brought an idea to their co-writing session called "It's Love," with the idea of structuring a chorus around questions someone was asking—“ask me why,” “ask me where.” They decided to structure the song as a...

Song Snapshots #31: We All Come To The Cross

Just like the rest of us, Southern Gospel’s co-writers don’t always stay focused on the task at hand. But unlike the rest of us, that can sometimes be a very, very good thing. One day, Kenna Turner West, Tony Wood, and Lee Black were working on a story song. Somehow,...

Never, No Never, No Never Forsake.

Yesterday morning at church, we were singing one of the grand old hymns of the faith. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?...

Southern Gospel Journal to retire in June

This has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. But “to every thing there is a season,” and this season is coming to an end: I have decided to retire Southern Gospel Journal in early June. For my entire adult life, writing a post every morning has been the...