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Bent and Dent Groceries in North Central Ohio

Bent and Dent Groceries in North Central Ohio

Bent and Dents are discount grocery stores. The name derives from items that have dented packaging. Other items are soon to expire or have recently expired. But some items are in excellent condition and nowhere near expiration. Sometimes a brand launches a new product...

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...

Expository Songs

Six years ago, I began to find and organize songs where the main idea of the song is also the main idea of a Bible passage. (I call this kind of song an "expository song.") Last year, I started posting my research on expositorysongs.com, with one post for each chapter...

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.

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...

Audience Response

We've all heard a tenor or bass singing out of his natural range, a worn-out comedy routine, or a challenging song attempted by someone who isn't able to do it justice. I cannot tell you how many things I've heard justified with this line: "But the audience responded...

Sheep, Goats, and the role of government

In a 2012 post, I discuss the questions "Was America a Christian Nation?" and "Is America a Christian Nation?" In the context of that discussion, I offered several possible definitions of what, exactly, it means to be a "Christian nation." The one that has the most...

Why I Love Southern Gospel

In certain other genres of Christian music, a steadily growing stream of songs focus on asking questions of God. Why did God permit a tragedy? Why must we go through a trial? Why hasn't He come back yet? Why does He allow pain and suffering? In those circles, artist...

Song Snapshots #12: Joy Ride (Ivan Parker)

“Joy Ride,” the title track to Ivan Parker’s most recent mainline release, JoyRide (2011), was co-written by Ben Storie, Barry Weeks, and Brian White. The idea came from Ben Storie: “I just loved that play on words. Life should be a joyful journey; it doesn't always...

Tracy Stuffle suffers stroke [updated]

Tracy Stuffle, bass singer and emcee for The Perrys, suffered a stroke last night. Libbi Perry Stuffle posted this: [EDIT, 2/22/13: Broken link removed.] Update on my precious Sweet Tracy. He has had a stroke. It's not from a clot but from bleeding. He has no movement...

The Essential Songwriter Collection: Phil Cross

The Essential Songwriter Collection series lists ten songs each from legendary songwriters that every Southern Gospel fan should add to their collections. Champion of Love (Cathedrals, Symphony of Praise, 1987). If there was ever an obvious pick, anywhere in this...

Song Snapshots #10: Settled at the Cross (Nelons)

Song Snapshots is a column featuring the stories behind new and classic Southern Gospel songs. Songwriter Lee Black got his start in the mid-1990s with a Brian Free & Assurance cut, “Flood the Altar.” He signed with Daywind Music Publishing for several years, and...

The “Not What You Think” Table Project

Southern Gospel projects are often quite predictable—too predictable, many say. Some of Southern Gospel's most popular songs are recorded so often that when I compiled a list of Southern Gospel's 200 most frequently recorded songs, several were on 10% or more of all...

Making disciples – not just converts

The Great Commission calls us to make disciples—not just converts. Last night, I heard a presentation from a missionary heading back to Malawi. He reflected on this point, observing: "The church cannot live on converts alone. Converts will not multiply themselves....

An Interview with Ernie Haase

We have featured interviews with Ernie Haase three times before. So when we had the chance to interview him this time, we skipped the background questions and dove right in! Daniel: Your last recording of (mostly) new songs, Dream On, came out over three years before...

Keeping the Gospel in Gospel Music

Last night, Michael Booth did an online presentation on Keeping the Gospel in Gospel Music. It was a paid workshop, presented in conjunction with the American Society of Gospel Music. He began with the story of how he became involved in Southern Gospel music. The...

Question of the Week: Andy Calderwood

The generational tragedy in Belfast, Northern Ireland is so far removed from Americans' way of life and culture that it is hard to even imagine life in Belfast. For centuries, Roman Catholics and Protestants have been at odds, with generations of ongoing armed...