Saturday News Roundup #127
- The Ball Brothers reached their Kickstarter goal. Congratulations!
- Singing News has a photo of Nick and Jessica (Brown) Trammell with their first child, daughter Tessa.
- Chris Allman’s songwriting blog is at a new domain, http://hooklinesandsingers.com/.
- 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.)
Here’s a rare video of Southern Gospel songwriter Dianne Wilkinson on the piano:
It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!