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Christmas with the GettysATLANTA (BP) -- December is an especially busy time for Christian music artists Keith and Kristyn Getty. The couple, known for the modern hymn "In Christ Alone," have been in the midst of their eighth annual Christmas tour. But Keith was quick to downplay the couple's hectic schedule just a few hours before the tour's opening concert.
"Are you kidding, my kids are at the aquarium. This an off day," Keith said with a hearty laugh and a slap of the knees as he fielded a few questions from Baptist Press in Atlanta.
Getty discussed a range of topics that included their tour, Billy Graham, his favorite hymn ... Read More
Reasons for Christians to sing spotlighted at conf.LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Worship leaders and pastors gathered at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Nov. 8-10 for the Doxology and Theology national conference. Matt Boswell, pastor at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, hosted and organized the conference.
The theme of the conference was "liturgy," and the main sessions highlighted the church's need to sing, read, see, pray and preach the Word of God on a regular basis. Each session highlighted one of those five liturgies in a 45-minute sermon and included dedicated singing time and short, 15-minute talks. Read More
For Ricky Skaggs, God's plan is personal, perfectNASHVILLE (BP) -- In the fall of 2017, Ricky Skaggs found himself in Texas with nothing to do for a day, after a church canceled his scheduled Saturday night appearance. He remembered a friend of a friend who lived in the area -- someone Skaggs wanted to meet after the man had sent words of encouragement for Skaggs via text messages to their mutual friend. So he made a few phone calls, and soon the country and bluegrass music star found himself in a stranger's home in Bertram, Texas.
After a brief exchange of pleasantries, the man said, "The Lord is giving you more fame to glorify His name.... [T]his is the year that you'll go into the Country Music Hall of Fame." Skaggs wrote the man's words down in a notebook and even recorded the conversation on his iPad.
The man made the prediction one year to the day before its fulfillment. Skaggs was inducted into the hallowed hall Sunday, Oct. 21. Read More
How worship songs brought a Buddhist to ChristNEPAL (BP) -- Pavan* grew up feeling unsettled in his destiny. As the firstborn son in his family, he thought he would have to follow in his father's footsteps and become a Buddhist monk.
But music intervened into this cultural tradition that should have dictated his future.
Pavan, now a Christian pastor, recounted his past and the persistent fear that once plagued him: He had been afraid of dying. Read More
Where have all the organists gone?BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Has playing the organ become a dying art?
What has happened to the organists -- the ones who read three staffs of music, dance on the pedals, maneuver multiple manuals, pull organ stops, push pistons, manipulate swell and crescendo pedals and follow a director -- all at the same time? Is there no one else to sit on the bench where "Aunt Sally" sat for 40 years? Read More
Hark! Skipping Christmas carol verses discouragedNASHVILLE (BP) -- As worship pastor Andrew Lucius selects songs for Christmas worship, he is considering specific needs in the Georgia congregation he serves. Among his conclusions: singing only the first verse of familiar carols could leave worshipers spiritually malnourished.
The widow "who's going through the Christmas season the first time this year without her husband ... needs more than the first verse of 'Joy to the World!'" said Lucius, associate pastor of music and worship at Bull Street Baptist Church in Savannah, Ga. "She needs to sing, 'No more let sin and sorrow grow, nor thorns infest the ... Read More
MercyMe, Williams, Winans have big night at GMA Dove AwardsNASHVILLE (BP) -- Gospel music veterans MercyMe were named Artist of the Year at the 48th annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards Oct. 17 in Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville.
The band's frontman, Bart Millard, who wrote the monster hit "I Can Only Imagine" and the more recent chart-topper "Even If," took home the award for Artist Songwriter of the Year. According to the Tennessean, Millard told the crowd, "We've been a band for 23 years ... yay for old people!" Read More
Daigle again tops list of Dove Award nomineesNASHVILLE (BP) -- Lauren Daigle again tops the list of artist nominees at this year's GMA Dove Awards with five nominations. Daigle was named last year's Artist of the Year and 2015's New Artist of the Year, after topping the charts with her song "How Can It Be." She is nominated for this year's Song of the Year for "Come Alive (Dry Bones)" and four other awards.Daigle is joined in the top nominee spot by newcomer Zach Williams, whose first solo single "Chain Breaker" reached No. 1 on the Hot Christian Songs chart earlier this year and is nominated for Song of the Year. Williams also received five nods, including a nomination in the New Artist category along with Bri, Micah Tyler, Social Club Misfits and Steven Malcolm. Read More
Brother-sister tally 140 years of church musicLEXINGTON, N.C. (BP) -- Tempted to skip choir practice? Maybe you should think about Mallory Carrick and his sister Katy Palmer.
Carrick, 88, led the choir at Mountain View Baptist Church near Lexington, N.C., from about 1945 to just a couple of years ago -- about 73 years.
His sister Katy Palmer has played piano and organ at Mountain View for about 67 years. She's now 82 and still playing on Sundays. Read More
Music & worship draw focus of Baptist theologiansSAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) -- A biblical argument for congregational singing, insights for planning worship and a case for multigenerational worship services are among the music-related topics being discussed by Southern Baptist theologians.
Such topics were featured in at least eight presentations on biblical worship at the most recent meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. At least five of those presentations were given by scholars affiliated with Southern Baptist-related institutions. Read More