Saturday News Roundup #72

In the News

  • The Gaither Homecoming concert taping I attended earlier this month (and reviewed here) resulted in two DVDs which will arrive to retail on September 27th (hat tip, DBM). [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed.]
  • Kingsmen bass singer Ray Dean Reese’s wife Carolyn has been slowly but steadily recovering from her pneumonia and bacterial staph infection. She has been moved from the hospital to a rehabilitation center to assist with the recovery.
  • Former Kingdom Heirs tenor Billy Hodges has remained employed at Dollywood since leaving the Kingdom Heirs in December. He has now been given his own show, singing at the old-fashioned one-room Robert F. Thomas Chapel on Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30 and 3:30, and on Sunday at 3:30.

Video of the Week

The Jay Stone Singers, one of the newer artists on Pinnacle Records (Crossroads’ development label) might not exactly be household names yet. But this video, which they posted a week ago, is to cute to ignore (and leave at eleven views, of which two or three have been me!)

Emma and Stone Carter, now in their teens, have stepped up alongside their parents Bobby and Sharona to hold down two of the four parts in the mixed quartet.

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  1. Since this is an open thread…

    On one of the many SG blogs I frequent (don’t remember which one, which is why I’m posting here), there has been a healthy debate in the past about modern worship services versus singing hymns or other older songs that have stood the test of time.

    I was thinking about this discussion during the worship service this morning at church. I was back in my home church today for the first time since graduating college. During the school year, I don’t get home much, so I was excited to go to church today.

    I am a very eclectic music listener. My friends from college who listen to CCM have little to no idea of my love for SG music, and yet I enjoy contemporary music almost as much. In a church worship setting, I grew up on a lot of the older songs when my dad was the pastor/worship leader/special music singer/etc. When my dad stopped pastoring and we moved away, the church we moved to had a much more contemporary music setting, even though they had a special service for the “old music” every time there was a 5th Sunday in a month. So while they did still recognize the older music, the contemporary style has been much more prominent in the church other than maybe a few hymns sprinkled in here or there.

    Anyways, a little over a year ago, our church had a pastoral change. The new pastor’s wife also leads worship from time to time. But due to being gone at school or just not being at church on the weeks she’s led the worship team, today was the first time I’ve heard her lead worship.

    I don’t know how to describe it, but the Spirit was in the sanctuary today. The song service started out with a few modern songs, but what really caught my attention was how it ended with “All Creatures of Our God and King” and the Doxology. And neither of them stuck out like a sore thumb, the worship team made them blend beautifully with the songs sung earlier in the service, even the songs were written hundreds of years apart.

    It really caught my attention how our churches shouldn’t be splitting over whether or not the song selection is too modern or too old-fashioned. I don’t like how some churches with two services try to do that by playing one style of music in one service and another in the next. All that is going to do is divide the body of believers.

    I don’t believe there is one style of music that is any better or any worse than another. If the lyrics of the songs carry the right message, and the Spirit of God is moving, then why should it matter if the drums are too loud or the songs are too old-fashioned?

    I am now stepping off my soapbox.

    • I think it was my blog.

      “Why should it matter if the drums are too loud?”

      Because I’m partial to my eardrums.

      “Or the songs are too old-fashioned?”

      You mean too old-fashioned, like chocolate fudge ice cream is too chocolatey? Bring it on.

  2. I was going to go to a Crist Family concert tonight, but I had quite an adventure instead. When turning a corner, my car’s front passenger wheel almost entirely disconnected.

    On the bright side, I stopped just in time, before it came off and caused any structural damage (or accidents)! Sure, I had a 45-minute wait for a tow truck, and a ~mile walk in 89-degree heat, but I survived, and was able to get a ride home and live to see another day. So the blessings outweigh the possible sources of complaint, to be certain!

    • Wow!