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….