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 got a number of cuts with artists like Ivan Parker, the…

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 table projects! With that in mind, I have often thought it would…

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. Disciples will.” Tens of thousands—perhaps hundreds of thousands—have been converted at Southern Gospel concerts. Some…

Was America a Christian Nation? Is America a Christian Nation?

Was America founded as a Christian nation? Is America a Christian nation today? A large percentage of the heated debate on these questions stems from a lack of clarity when defining terms. What makes a country a Christian country? There are several possibilities: 1. A nation under the direct personal and physical rule and reign…

The Essential Songwriter Collection: Rodney Griffin

The Essential Songwriter Collection series lists ten songs each from legendary songwriters that every Southern Gospel fan should add to their collections. God Saw a Cross (Kingsmen, Missing People, 2009). These lists stick to recorded versions—otherwise, Ernie Phillips’ show-stopping renditions during the half-year he filled in with the Kingsmen, earlier this year, would be named here….