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  • Reasons for Christians to sing spotlighted at conf.

    by SBTS Communications, posted Monday, November 26, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    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, perfect

    by Laura Erlanson, posted Thursday, November 01, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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 Christ

    by Caroline Anderson, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NEPAL (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?

    by Karen Allen/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    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 discouraged

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 04, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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 Awards

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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 nominees

    by Staff, posted Friday, August 11, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (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 music

    by Mike Creswell/Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, posted Tuesday, February 07, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LEXINGTON, 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 theologians

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 05, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SAN 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

  • Daigle tops list of Dove nominees

    by Staff, posted Thursday, August 11, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Lauren Daigle, named New Artist of the Year at last year's Dove Awards, tops the list of this year's artist nominees with six nominations. Worship artists Hillsong UNITED and Chris Tomlin each received five.

    The Dove Awards are sponsored by the Gospel Music Association to honor the best in all genres of Christian music, and winners are determined by the votes of GMA members. This year's awards show will be Oct. 11 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville. Read More