Wednesday News Roundup

In the news:

  • The Southern, a website identifying itself as Southern Illinois’s Homepage, recently featured an interesting interview with Roger Menees, currently filling in on bass for the Stamps Quartet. The interview is a fascinating look at someone who has been in and around the genre for decades. [EDIT, 6/4/12: Broken link removed.]
  • David Bruce Murray has an interesting post on Joel Hemphill’s unorthodox theology. [EDIT, 6/6/12: Broken link removed.]
  • XM Radio’s SG channel, enLighten 34, announced that they’ll be hosting an hour-long live, in-studio concert on Wednesday, July 23, at 6:30 PM EST. More details are here.
  • The Dove Brothers have expanded the digital downloads section of their website store; (EDIT: 8/5/2011: Broken link removed) now most (all but two) of the recordings the group has made are available.

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  1. I am just astounded at Joel Hemphill’s philosophy. I firmly believe in the Triune God, including God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

  2. Jesus said, “I and the Father are ONE.”
    Either Jesus is who He said He is, or Mr. Hemphill is right. If Mr. Hemphill is right, Jesus was a delusional lunatic and anything He ever said cannot be trusted.

  3. I find it really sad. It reminds me of the last verses in II Peter (I looked it up after hearing this yesterday) about some things being “hard to understand” and how we need to remain stable and firm in our faith in light of the last days. It was really good … I’d recommend re-reading it if you get a chance! I wonder how this is affecting LaBreeska and Candy.

    Good news about DBQ’s website store. I’ll check that out again when I have some money in my music budget (ha-ha).

  4. I heard for years that Joel Hemphill believed in the “Jesus Only” doctrine. I always thought that meant that he did not believe in the trinity – which is that God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost was all one person in the person of Jesus Christ; the Holy Ghost and God the Father did not have completely separate roles. I disagree with this form of “Jesus Only” doctrine as well.

    However, the above form of “Jesus Only” doctrine is a lot easier to swallow than to deny that Jesus was not God in the human form. It is very disappointing to find out that Mr. Hemphill is rejecting Christ as God. You either have to accept Christ as Savior, Lord, and God, or, you do not accept him at all.

    What concerns me is that I have heard of others in gospel music who believe the “Jesus Only” doctrine. Do they believe the same as Joel Hemphill?

  5. I guess this shows us that we are just one step closer to the “end times.”

  6. Moderator’s note:

    Someone just submitted a very long comment advocating oneness teachings. I decided against approving it. I tried emailing the contributor first, but the email address was evidently a dud and, at any rate, didn’t work.

    I don’t want the time and money I put into maintaining the website to be diverted as a platform to draw people away from Christianity.

  7. May the Lord have mercy on Joel and bring him to the proper understanding and accepting of the full truths in the Gospel.
    Pray for him.

  8. I tend to stay away from denominational discussions but I only have one comment. It is hard for me to believe that Joel could’ve written a song like “Paid In Full By The Blood Of The Lamb” if he didn’t believe that Christ was not the sacrifice for the sins of the world.

    The key is believing that Christ died for our sins and rose again. I will pray because only God knows the heart.

  9. Seaton – his website’s main page (see link above, then click “home”) indicates he took up this doctrine in 1986. He’d already written some of his classics by then.

  10. and the headline on Thursday is Gaither Vocal Band Reunion video-taped at Gaither Studios Wednesday, July 23

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