Saturday News Roundup #127

Worth Knowing

Worth Reading

  • Chris Allman’s songwriting blog is at a new domain,
  • Legacy Five calls fans who support their ministry with prayer “Ropeholders.” This morning, I happened across some interesting historical context regarding the origin of the term. William Carey was a pioneering figure in the modern missions movement. Andrew Fuller, a Particular Baptist pastor who was the General Secretary of the society (Baptist Missionary Society) that supported Carey twenty-one years, coined the term “ropeholder.” Fuller said, “Our undertaking in India really appeared to me, on its commencement, to be somewhat like a few men who were deliberating about the importance of penetrating into a deep mine which had never been explored. We had no one to guide us. And while we were thus deliberating, Carey, as it were, said, ‘Well, I will go down, if you will hold the rope.’ But before he went down, he, as it seemed to me, took an oath from each of us, at the mouth of the pit, to this effect, that while we lived, we should never let go the rope.” (Quite from this Fuller audio-biography; hat-tip to Friday Night Revival.)

Worth Watching

Here’s a rare video of Southern Gospel songwriter Dianne Wilkinson on the piano:

Worth Discussing

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  1. Daniel,

    Here is the ropeholder concept in the Bible….

    Acts 9:23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:
    24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
    25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

    Saul/Paul escaped to preach again and do a great work for God that endures today. But he never would have escaped if someone had not stayed behind in order to hold the rope on the basket…


  2. I was there for the taping of this video. It was during the intermission of a Kingsom Heirs concert in Kentucky. Though I had no basis for it, I was very surprised to see what a great piano player Ms. Dianne was. I wish this video shower her intro to the song. It was wonderful.

    What a fun night.

  3. I was there at that concert to! The older gentleman singing baritone is Brother James Branscum, Diane’s brother. He is pastor at that church in Powderly, KY. If you haven’t been to a concert at his church, you are missing out. He is a hoot! And of course, you can hear the Kingdom Heirs bass and drums accompaniment on this great old song!

    • I thought it just might be him!

  4. Watched the concert last night on TBN hosted by Jason Crabb featuring Adam Crabb, Dixie Melody Boys, Gold City, Perrys and Oak Ridge Boys.

    I noticed David Staton apparently filling in with the Dixie Melody Boys. Am I correct in assuming he was “just” filling in and has not left Palmetto State? This concert was taped Tuesday evening. If just filling in – I was impressed with how well he did. They did not sing classics but new songs off their latest project…

    He is a talented guy…


    • I believe he is, indeed, just filling in.

      • Yeah, he said he was filling in.