Saturday News Roundup #96
- Marty Funderburk: Songwriter Marty Funderburk had quadruple heart bypass surgery yesterday. According to the most recent updates on his Facebook page, he has come off of the ventilator and the heart monitors show evidence that he came through well.
- Swanee River Boys: Buford Abner, member of the Swanee River Boys from the 1930s through 1970, passed away on November 19th. He is as remembered today for his songwriting; two of his songs that have been recorded in recent years are “Up to the House of Prayer” (Dixie Echoes, Poet Voices), “Worrying” (Bishops), and “I Get Happy” (Blackwood Brothers, Inspirations). John Crenshaw wrote an excellent biographical obituary, posted here.
- Kingsmen: Brandon Reese and his wife Shannon were expecting a baby girl, to be named Ava Bentley Reese. Facebook comments indicate that she has been born. Reese is manager of and former drummer for the Kingsmen.
- Kingsmen: Ray Dean Reese’s prostate cancer surgery was two and a half weeks ago; according to this update, he is on the road to recovery.
- Somewhat off topic, though discussion of both C.S. Lewis and Rob Bell has been making the rounds in Southern Gospel circles lately: Credo House’s Parchment & Pen blog poses the question, “Why do we love C.S. Lewis and hate Rob Bell?” Author C. Michael Patton answers the question by saying that Lewis’s body of work is more focused on the central truths of the Christian faith. But while getting there, he makes a fascinating point: Focus aside, when you actually compare their doctrines, Lewis embraced even more heresy than Bell.
Since their latest album came out, the Collingsworth Family has evidently started opening concerts with this classic hymn:
It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!