Testimony genres, and understanding the lasting power of hymns

Exactly the same spiritual realities happen for each person who becomes a Christian. The Gospel is proclaimed, we repent from sins and believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, and then God forgives us of our sins, declares us justified, and adopts us as His children. But in different denominations, cultures, or theological…

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 hearing fifty years from now, they will be the ones…

DVD Tapings: “Majestic” (Kim Collingsworth) and “We Will Serve The Lord” (Collingsworth Family)

Last night, the Collingsworth Family recorded two live DVDs, Majestic and We Will Serve The Lord. The taping was at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, SC, a 3,244-seat venue that was at or very near capacity. As Phil Collingsworth Sr. noted in the introductions, it was the first live video they had recorded below the Mason-Dixon…

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 an excellent example of this. The impact of his…

Song Snapshots #37: When It Hurts So Bad I Call the Great Physician (Original Couriers)

Song Snapshots is a column featuring the stories behind new and classic Southern Gospel songs. On their final recording, the original Couriers (Dave Kyllonen, Duane Nicholson, and Neil Enloe) recorded a new song written by Neil Enloe, “When it Hurts So Bad.” To understand the song, Enloe recalls, you have to understand where he comes…

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 at about the same time (~1967-77), and what a time it was. Each of these…