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Christian Music News Roundup #9 (1/11/19)

News Sovereign Grace Music has gathered 26 songwriters in Louisville, KY this week. They are writing songs for two albums, The Glorious Christ and a Christmas album. Former Speer family member Suzan Speer has passed away. She was the daughter of Brock and Faye Speer....

Christian Music News Roundup #8 (1/4/19)

News Casting Crowns lead singer Mark Hall recently had surgery on his vocal cords. Third Day lead singer Mac Powell has been filling in at recent Casting Crowns concerts. Absolutely Gospel has opened nominations for Fan Favorite Artist of the Year. #1 On the Charts...

Christian Music News Roundup #7 (12/28/18)

News Layke Jones has left the Jim Brady Trio. Jim and Melissa Brady plan to perform as a duo in 2019. #1 On the Charts CCM (Billboard): "You Say" (Lauren Daigle) CCM streaming (Billboard): "The Christmas Song" (Lauren Daigle) Southern Gospel radio (Singing News): "I...

Christian Music News Roundup #6 (12/21/18)

News Michael W. Smith is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his mega-hit "Friends." Gaither Music Group has signed the Singing Contractors, known for a series of viral videos of hymns and Southern Gospel classics, to a recording contract. Their debut...

Christian Music News Roundup #5 (12/14/18)

News The 2019 Grammy Award nominees were announced last week. Cory Asbury, Lauren Daigle, for King and Country, MercyMe, and Tauren Wells, Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture, Michael W. Smith, and Zach Williams received nominations in CCM categories. Roots Gospel...

Podcast: Modern Christmas Hymns

Transcript Daniel: Welcome to Tomorrow’s Hymns, a podcast and website promoting theologically rich songs, deeply rooted in scripture. I’m Daniel Mount, a Christian author and songwriter, and this evening I am joined in the studio for the first time by my brother...

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.