Friday News Roundup #210

Worth Knowing

  • Congratulations to Nick and Jessica Trammell, who announced this week that they are expecting their second child.
  • Joseph Habedank and Ricky Free announced this week that Free will produce Habedank’s solo mainline debut project for his new Daywind contract.

Worth Reading

Insights from this week’s Letters To The Editor. From John Situmbeko, in response to “Songs From Numbers: High And Lifted Up“:

There was a time I used to wonder why God instructed Moses to lift high a bronze serpent to symbolise Jesus. Why not lift a bronze lamb to represent the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world? Further study of the word revealed to me such texts as 1 Cor. 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Then I understood that when Jesus, “the Lamb that taketh away the sin of the world,” was lifted up, in the likeness of sinful flesh, He was made to be sin for us as every sin on Him was laid. The bronze serpent was therefore a sound representation of Him at the cross. This also serves to show just how dreadful the load He bore was; so dreadful that a serpent was fit for His representation. No wonder He felt the heavy weight of separation and bitterly cried out to His Father. And how sad that it was our sins that put Him there, but how amazing that grace will always be greater than sin.

No wonder such songs as High and Lifted Up never fail to command praise from my heart each time I listen to them.

From Greg Bentley, in response to “Southern Gospel’s Most Successful Soloists“:

Coming from the side of traveling with Squire for 10 years, one of the benefits I see as a soloist who writes their own music is the interaction that it gives them with the audience. Let’s face it, one person standing and singing with soundtracks can be, well, not very entertaining. But when that person can say, “I wrote this song after I …” helps to pull the audience into the life of the writer and gives them a more personal concert experience. I’ve seen this happen with Mark and Kirk as well. Writer / artist don’t have to search for songs that speak to them that they can try to convey to the audience, they have the advantage of being able to write their story and then sing it. I know Joseph will be very successful with what his track record of writing has been to this point!

Worth Watching

Also worth watching: Southern Gospel Journal’s youngest contributor, Caleb Garms, is a fine singer in his own right, as he shows on “He Pilots My Ship.”

Worth Discussing

Were there any other Southern Gospel news stories of significance this week?

For more about and and and —and other Southern Gospel news and commentary—follow our RSS feed or sign up for our email updates!

27 Letters to the Editor

Southern Gospel Journal welcomes letters to the editor. We will post the most thoughtful and insightful submissions. Ground rules: Don't attack or belittle groups or fellow posters, or advance heresies rejected by orthodox Christianity. Do keep comments positive, constructive, and on topic.
  1. I appreciate the explanation for the serpent being raised in the wilderness. This is the first time I’ve heard this explanation and it makes sense now.

    Also I enjoy the video of Caleb singing, he did a great job. Again Daniel I thank you for finding these video’s and sharing them.

  2. Anybody know who was singing with the GVB at their show last night? Still Todd Suttles?

    • I’m no longer convinced that we’ll 5 people in GVB. A tweet from the Homecoming Magazine yesterday makes me wonder.

      They were asking what your favorite GVB line-up is/was and the article prominently feature just Bill, Adam, Wes & David, so I think that might be an indication going forward

      • It will be a 5 man group.

    • I was at the GVB concert in Augusta, GA last Friday night (Feb 7th). Todd Suttles sang the baritone part. Bill indicated he was trying out for the part. Can’t remember his exact phrasing but led me to believe there will be a 5th part

  3. Wow. What a message! And then we have Jesus in John 3:14-16 saying: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    I just love this.

  4. Sure hope Scott Fowler looks at this site… Caleb looks like Scott singing – with common mannerisms. Heck, he even sings like his hero Scott…

    What a compliment to Scott!


    • A compliment indeed! Great Job, Caleb and the entire Garms family!

      • Thank you Scott! You have been a wonderful example to me. I’ve learned a lot from you.

        Thanks Daniel for sharing this video!

        Caleb for TGF

    • I believe Scott even let Caleb borrow his sweater on the day this video was recorded!

      • Ha, ha, very funny, Josh. *chuckles* Scott has asked for Caleb’s suit when he outgrows it, but he hasn’t shown any interest in Caleb’s sweaters! 🙂

        -Mom for TGF

  5. Josh my son Austin was in attendance last night for The Gaither Vocal Band and he said that they are still using Todd Suttles.

    • I have this feeling they’ll announce that he’s been hired fairly soon. Before winter is over.

  6. By the way: As close observers have probably already noticed, I’ve decided to be somewhat looser with the quality standards for comments on the Friday News Roundups. While I’m encouraging quality, serious submissions on other posts, I’ve decided to treat these News Roundups more like open threads.

  7. Gerald Wolfe, whom I totally adore; hinted that a cd or DVD will be coming out in a few months — I think it was recorded
    at some sort of gathering as he showed a picture and asked if anyone remembered it. I didn’t, but I saw some well-known people in that picture. Does anyone know
    of what I speak or am I just babbling? Don’t want to ever babble.

    • He’s been talking about it on social media over the last week or two: It’s “A Special Evening with Dr. Charles Stanley and Friends,” or a title along those lines. But that is the concept.

      • I think you’re absolutely right. I knew that preacher man, but I couldn’t think of his name.
        Yep, you got it, all right. You’re so thoroughly knowledgeable, Daniel. That’s why I like you
        so absolutely much.

      • You’re welcome! Thank you! 🙂

  8. Your talk talks, your walk talks, whatever!! That cd should go platinum if cds can indeed go platinum. And Nick T, you
    have never sounded better and neither has Dad. What a gem of a project. Genius. Pure genius. (Paging Miss Diane W.
    and Mr. Rodney G.)

    • The RIAA certifies an album “platinum” if it sells over 1,000,000 copies. It has been years since any Southern Gospel album went platinum, though I believe a few have been certified gold (500,000 copies).

      Well, of this we can be completely confident: Your Walk Talks *deserves* to go platinum. And I’m reasonably certain that it is more deserving of going platinum, and of more eternal value, than any of the albums that actually will go platinum this year! 🙂

      • Daniel,

        This brings up an interesting question. What Southern Gospel albums have gone platinum? I think that would be an interesting blog post (which you’ve probably already done), what are the biggest selling Southern Gospel albums of all time. With all the “table” sales, it seems like it would require diligence to keep track of all the sales.

      • JSR, that’s a good idea. I’ll plan one for next week.

      • Cool! I’m looking forward to what is sure to be an interesting read.

  9. Hidee Daniel,
    Thanks so much for the Jordan’s Bridge video! Oh my how I love to hear Phil Barker sing, and I am so glad he is singing with Jordan’s Bridge! I think I remember him singing this song with the Singing Americans. Marvelous!

  10. Not sure how old Phil is, but I think he sounds better now than when he was with The Singing Americans. I remember the song from the 80’s and it’s still a good one.

    • Well I’ll give you a hint K Payne on Phil ‘ s age. It’s between 60 and 62. We’ve traveled and done a lot of concerts together back in the 80s n 90s and the last year plus a few months and he just amazes me that the high notes still aren’t a problem. I’m like you he’s better than ever and that’s saying a lot. Phil is very humble and if he were answering you himself it would be a very warm heart felt Thank You.