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Becoming a Website Generalist

When I'm talking to someone who wants to get into web design, the conversation often begins with the coding languages needed. Recently, a co-worker told me that her husband wanted to get into web design. We weren't long into the conversation before I realized that he...

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...

Book Review: America’s Pastor (Grant Wacker)

Some biographies have the energy and immediacy of a radio broadcaster's play-by-play. America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation has the measured, thoughtful analysis of an end-of-year magazine analysis. Dialogue and narrative tension never speed the...

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...

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...