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A More Certain Glory

There is a certain glory to freedom of speech. In a sinful world, it is better that truth and falsehood both spread than that truth be restricted. But there is a more certain glory coming. In the Kingdom of Heaven, freedom of speech will end. There will be no more...

Modern Hymn News Roundup (May 2019)

News Rick Elias, a member of Rich Mullins' Ragamuffin Band, has passed away from brain cancer. Lifeway is closing all their brick-and-mortar stores. They plan to continue their online ecommerce presence. Dave Kyllonen, a legendary member of The Couriers, passed away...

Modern Hymn News Roundup (March 2019)

News Sovereign Grace Music is collaborating with Shiloh Church on a joint project that fuses Sovereign Grace's modern worship approach with Shiloh Church's African-American Gospel choir sound. Bill and Gloria Gaither have sold Gaither Music Group's publishing and...

CD Review: To The Kindness of God (Michael Card)

Michael Card has indicated that he expects To the Kindness of God to be his final record. As he said in one interview, I think that's going to be my last album - I think we're done. The world is done with 10-song records - those days are over. Michael Card retiring...

Modern Hymn News Roundup (February 2019)

Programming note: This post introduces a new structure and focus for the news roundup posts. Instead of covering a variety of Christian music genres superficially, they will focus more deeply on writers who write and artists who record modern hymns for congregational...

Listening Deeply #1: “Grace” (CityAlight)

Our ancestors sang sagas. They memorized songs hundreds or thousands of lines long. Some of our ancestors were illiterate, but the feats of memory through which they preserved their culture put us to shame. Today? We can barely pay attention for five seconds. In fact,...

Dianne Wilkinson: The Life and Times of a Gospel Songwriter

Dianne Wilkinson with Daniel J. Mount (2012)

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Dianne Wilkinson: The Life and Times of a Gospel Songwriter chronicles Dianne Wilkinson’s life story and gives the stories behind over 150 of her best-known songs.

In 1974, Wilkinson—already a church pianist and Sunday School teacher—realized that she was still unsaved. Her salvation prompted a period of serious doctrinal and theological study which provided a foundation for her songwriting career.

She began writing songs when touring with her family group in the 1970s. Her career took off in the 1980s, in parallel with the group with whom she became closely associated, the Cathedral Quartet. Songs she wrote for them include “Boundless Love,” “Homeland,” “Jesus Has Risen,” and lead singer Glen Payne’s signature song, “We Shall See Jesus.”

She has become Southern Gospel’s most recognized non-performing songwriter. Virtually every major Southern Gospel artist has recorded her songs. Around fifty of her songs have been charting singles on the industry-standard Singing News monthly radio charts; seven have reached #1. Her songs have also received multiple Dove Awards® nominations, over a dozen Singing News Fan Awards nominations, and multiple Singing News Fan Awards for Song of the Year.

The Faith of America’s Presidents

Daniel J. Mount (2007)

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Though every president of the United Stated has thought of himself as a Christian, some have denied various doctrines of orthodox Christianity. Daniel Mount carefully examines each president’s religious beliefs and compares those beliefs to the doctrines of biblical Christianity. He discusses their conversion experiences (when applicable), examines how their religious beliefs affected their presidencies, scrutinized their beliefs pertaining to God’s role in American history, and looks into important historical controversies.

The Faith of America’s Presidents contains both new and long-forgotten facts about, and statements made by many of our American Presidents. Recently discovered (or rediscovered) information leads to new or modified conclusions about the religious beliefs of Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, James Buchanan, and Richard Nixon.

The author uses original sources-letters and firsthand recollections-to offer one of the most comprehensive portrayals of the topic ever written.