Guess the Baby Picture Contest (Part 8)

Do you know your favorite Southern Gospel singers well enough that you would recognize them anywhere—even in pictures from when they were children?

Let’s find out. We’ve had great fun with episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. This round might be a little harder; all of these singers are old enough that the pictures are in their original black and white. However, all three remain at the forefront of nationally known groups today. Can you name these three singers?

Update, 11:10 PM 6/21/2011: We have a winner! Congratulations, Ross!

Singer 1 (Phil Collingsworth)

Singer 2 (Chris Allman)

Singer 3 (Gerald Williams)

The first person to guess all three correctly will receive a copy of the Kingdom Heirs’ Forever Changed, featuring the original rendition of “I Know I’m Going There.”

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Post of the Day: fridaynightrevival on the Cathedrals

Since side jobs have kept me too busy to finish even a short CD review – and enough of you have indicated that you would rather see no CD review than a short one – the reviews column takes what is hopefully only a one-week hiatus.

In the meantime, new blogger fridaynightrevival has been churning out one great post after another. Check out his two-part series on the Cathedrals in particular; he posted part two last night. (Part 1 is here.)

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Guess the Baby Picture Contest (Part 7)

Do you know your favorite Southern Gospel singers well enough that you would recognize them anywhere—even in pictures from when they were children?

Let’s find out. We’ve had great fun with episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Can you name these three singers?

UPDATE: We have a winner!

Singer 1 (Scott Inman)

Correctly guessed to be Scott Inman of Triumphant Quartet.

Singer 2 (Stewart Varnado)

Correctly guessed to be Stewart Varnado of the Dixie Echoes.

Singer 3 (Chris Allman)

Correctly guessed to be Chris Allman of Greater Vision.

The first person to correctly name all three in a single post will win a copy of Mark Bishop’s 2006 album Everyday.

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Congratulations, Aaron!

Long-time fellow blogger Aaron Swain, of Swain’s Musings graduated from high school last weekend. Join me in congratulating him!

Since it is a slow news day so far, let’s pull a pleasant surprise from the “why not?” department. Here is a video of him singing “You Raise Me Up” at a Baccalaureate Service for his high school graduating class:

You know, Aaron, if that blogging gig doesn’t work out…

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Guess the Baby Picture Contest (Part 6)

Do you know your favorite Southern Gospel singers well enough that you would recognize them anywhere—even in pictures from when they were children?

Let’s find out. Can you name these three singers?

We’ve had great fun with episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. In case anyone was wondering: No, this won’t be a permanent site feature! There are enough pictures on hand for another post or two after this one. So enjoy the fun while it lasts!

UPDATE, 3:13 PM: We have a winner!

Singer 1 (Breana Crist)

Singer 2 (David Ragan)

Singer 3 (Jon Epley)

The first person to correctly name all three in a single post will win a copy of the Inspirations’ 2004 album What a Day.

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Singing News, June 2011: Tidbits and Intentional Misunderstandings

From the Singing News May 2011 issue:

  • Page 2: The Crabb Revival is Going Places, but it appears they are not sure where.
  • Page 3: Gold City goes to the Korea Church of God that is not in Korea.
  • Page 5: “New and Upcoming Releases: ‘Born to Serve the Lord’- Goodmans.” Have they risen from the dead? Or has someone figured out how to send a new or upcoming release from Heaven?
  • Page 7: “Performers and dates subject to change without notice.” In other words: don’t make plans or buy tickets yet.
  • Page 9: “Free bean supper and Gospel sing on Wednesday for early arrivers.” That sounds like a good deal.
  • Page 14: “www.oldpathsonline.com” Old paths online? I thought the internet was a recent invention.
  • Page 18: “Look out America! Michael Booth is headed west!” That is a much needed warning.
  • Page 25: “The Good News Center is the setting for what is always a three-day Gospel explosion.” That sounds scary!
  • Page 26-31: follow-up: “Come Discover the Best Kept Secret in West Virginia.” As if a back cover ad was not enough to broadcast a secret, now they have purchased a six-page ad. They must be trying to make it the worst kept secret in West Virginia!
  • Page 43: Singing in the Smokies offers “the same warm, friendly welcome in a new “Air conditioned Performing Arts Center.” Their warm, friendly welcome must not be air conditioned very well!
  • Page 45: Where did the “<<” come from?
  • Page 58: Adam Borden’s new column, “Turn It Up!” appears; and even if he was successful at borrowing Tim Lovelace’s crayons, he managed not to write upside down.
  • Page 61: Golfing in the “Upside-Down World” means searching for lost golf balls.
  • Page 62-63: Bus drivers agree on two things: Buses can not stop quickly, and a new Prevost is the best type of bus.
  • Page 73: New Releases: Mark Bishop sings “My Name Is Jesus.” Legacy Five evidently shall see Mark Bishop.
  • Page 81: James D. Vaughan Quartet Festival: “You may order your tickets online at www.lawrenceburgtn.gov” Buying tickets from the government?
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Guess the Baby Picture Contest (Part 5)

Do you know your favorite Southern Gospel personalities well enough that you would recognize them anywhere—even in pictures from when they were children?

Let’s find out. Can you name these three individuals?

We’ve had great fun with episodes 1, 2, 3, and 4. This week is more challenging in a way, since all the pictures are old enough to be black-and-white—but easier in a way, since all three people are members of groups who have won a shelf-full of Singing News Fan Awards.

Singer 1 (Clayton Inman)

Correctly guessed to be Clayton Inman!

Singer 2 (Libbi Perry Stuffle)

Correctly guessed to be Libbi Perry Stuffle!

Singer 3 (Bryan Hutson)

Correctly guessed to be Kingsmen lead singer Bryan Hutson!

The first person to guess all three correctly will win a copy of the Kingdom Heirs’ Gonna Keep Telling CD.

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Guess the Baby Picture Contest (Part 4)

Do you know your favorite Southern Gospel personalities well enough that you would recognize them anywhere—even in pictures from when they were children?

Let’s find out.

We’ve had great fun with episodes 1, 2, and 3. Here’s another installment: Can you name these three individuals?

Individual 1

Individual 2

Individual 3

The first person to correctly name all three in a single post will win a copy of Mark Bishop’s 2005 project There is Love . . . then there is His Love. One should be pretty easy, but on the flip side, one is of a face many of you haven’t seen in person and should be quite challenging.

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God is Sovereign . . . even over Google Maps

I try to refrain from posting much personal here, but this is too amazing to keep to myself!

This evening, I was planning on attending a Crist Family concert. Between church and the concert, I was going to go to a recital by several children from my voice teacher’s family, at their church. I had never been to their church before, but I was under the impression it was on or near a certain divided four-lane highway.

I went to Google Maps, put in the church’s name and city (since I didn’t have an address), and Google Maps gave me an odd route through back roads. I thought for sure the highway would get me there, so I tried to customize the route—yet Google took me back to those back roads.

On my turn onto the final back road, I heard a terrible grinding noise and my car started shaking wildly. I was able to stop it. I stepped outside, and found that the front passenger wheel and tire had almost entirely disconnected and was about to fall off.

I called AAA, and then started listing my reasons to be grateful. The tire didn’t come all the way off. No structural damage was done. I wasn’t hurt, and nobody else was, either. The husband and wife who owned the house even came out—the husband took a look at what was wrong, and the wife brought a glass of ice water. (It was 89° outside, sunny, and humid, so that was a huge blessing.) And, if anything had to happen, it happened on the only lightly-trafficked residential street on the whole route. All the others had medium to high speeds and heavy traffic, and if it had happened anywhere else, there are high chances that there would have been a collision and injuries.

After AAA was on its way with a tow truck, I asked the husband and wife to confirm that the church was down their street, as per the map. They gave me a funny look and said that no, it was down a few other streets and turns. But their son commented that if I did walk down the street, it would dead-end into the church’s yard.

After the tow truck picked up the car, I walked down the street. It was probably less than a mile, though it sure felt like longer with a sunny and humid 89° temperature! I was expecting a post office box for the church, figuring it was the mailing address even if not the parking lot entrance. But there was no mailbox—just a path through the forest to the parking lot. I made it inside in time to catch the final few songs of the first half, and all of the second half. As I’d been hoping might be possible, my friends were even able to arrange to get me home afterwards.

So all in all, I have far more to be thankful for than anything I could complain about. I’m safe, nobody else got hurt, and it happened on a slow-moving dead-end street.

But in the back of my mind, something didn’t seem quite right. I just realized what it was. Why would Google Maps have sent me down a dead-end street that didn’t even take me to the church?

So I put in the same information—the church and city—and ran the same map again. This time, it said to take the 4-lane highway!

God is even sovereign over Google Maps.

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