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  • No single artist dominated 2018 Dove Awards

    October 19 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    No single artist dominated 2018 Dove Awards

    Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love” ballad garnered the worship pastor three wins at the 2018 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, but no single artist dominated the night that recognizes work in 40 categories. Reckless Love was named Song of the Year, Worship Song of the Year and Worship Album of the Year at the 49th annual event …

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  • Getty worship conference strikes a chord

    September 17 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Getty worship conference strikes a chord

    Hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty hosted their first-ever worship music conference last year. The inaugural event drew more than 4,000 attendees. The second annual “Sing!” conference, Sept. 10-12 in Nashville, Tenn., has garnered nearly twice as many pastors, worship leaders and other Christians eager to hear dozens of speakers and artists.

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  • ‘Queen of soul’ Aretha Franklin rooted in gospel

    August 20 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Queen of soul’ Aretha Franklin rooted in gospel

    From the submissive surrender of her “Amazing Grace” to the womanly exclamations of “Respect” and other provocative hits, the late queen of soul Aretha Franklin is widely remembered for the gospel music foundations she learned at her father’s Baptist church. New Bethel Baptist Church (non-SBC), the Detroit congregation where Franklin grew up singing in the choir …

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  • Expo to offer worship training for entire church

    July 24 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Expo to offer worship training for entire church

    A comprehensive training event designed for anyone involved in worship and music ministry in a local church is coming to North Carolina this fall. The Renewing Worship Expo, a first-of-its-kind event sponsored by the Worship and Music Ministry of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15 …

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  • How worship songs brought a Buddhist to Christ

    July 6 2018 by Caroline Anderson, IMB | with 0 comments
    How worship songs brought a Buddhist to Christ

    Pavan* grew up feeling unsettled in his destiny. As the firstborn son in his family, he thought he would have to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Buddhist monk. But music intervened into this cultural tradition that should have dictated his future. Pavan, now a Christian pastor, recounted his past and the persistent …

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  • Dulcimers become widow’s instrument for ministry

    July 3 2018 by Gayla Holt Sullivan, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Dulcimers become widow’s instrument for ministry

    Margaret and Jerry Wright trekked to the Arkansas Ozarks town of Mountain View in July 1994 to explore Blanchard Springs Caverns, a nearby cave. Or so they thought. Checking in at a campsite, they learned that folk music “jam sessions” took place each evening at the Ozark Folk Center and in front of the Stone …

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  • Where have all the organists gone?

    April 11 2018 by Karen Allen, The Alabama Baptist | with 0 comments
    Where have all the organists gone?

    Has playing the organ become a dying art? What has happened to the organists – the ones who read three staffs of music, dance on the pedals, maneuver multiple manuals, pull organ stops, push pistons, manipulate swell and crescendo pedals and follow a director – all at the same time?

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  • Online worship training, certification now available to NC Baptists

    April 4 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Online worship training, certification now available to NC Baptists

    Worship leaders looking to renew their church’s worship can now earn a certificate in worship leadership and receive college credit at Fruitland Baptist Bible College as part of a new online hybrid class being offered through the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s worship and music ministry.

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  • Huckabee resigns from CMA Foundation following criticism

    March 5 2018 by Carol Pipes, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Huckabee resigns from CMA Foundation following criticism

    Former Arkansas Gov. and Southern Baptist pastor Mike Huckabee resigned from the Country Music Association Foundation board following criticism of his stance against same-sex marriage from multiple members of the country music industry. Huckabee’s resignation came less than a day after his appointment to the board of the charitable arm of the Country Music Association.

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  • Hark! Skipping Christmas carol verses discouraged

    December 5 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hark! Skipping Christmas carol verses discouraged

    As worship pastor Andrew Lucius selects songs for Christmas worship, he is considering specific needs in the Georgia congregation he serves. Among his conclusions: singing only the first verse of familiar carols could leave worshipers spiritually malnourished.

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  • MercyMe, Williams, Winans have big night at GMA Dove Awards

    Gospel music veterans MercyMe accepted the award for Artist of the Year at the 48th annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville Oct. 17. Casting Crowns, Zach Williams, the Gaither Vocal Band and Cece Winans also received awards. Other honors went to Hillsong Worship and Reba McEntire.

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  • Keith and Kristyn Getty song dedicated as SEBTS hymn

    June 2 2016 by Harper McKay, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    Keith and Kristyn Getty song dedicated as SEBTS hymn

    In their latest album “Facing a Task Unfinished,” Christian music artists Keith and Kristyn Getty have dedicated their song, “For the Cause” to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and President Danny Akin. It will now serve as the official hymn for SEBTS and The College at Southeastern. 

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  • Take note: Music programs engage church members

    April 18 2016 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Take note: Music programs engage church members

    “People have many opportunities to use their time, to use their talents [and] gifts,” Chris Haire said, but many new churches especially, aren’t using them. “If the church doesn’t give them an opportunity to use that gift, they use it somewhere else outside of the church. I think the church really misses an opportunity …”

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  • Students in Vt. get Calif. music resources

    September 4 2015 by Sarah Carr, Northeastern Baptist College | with 0 comments
    Students in Vt. get Calif. music resources

    Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary worked with Northeastern Baptist College during the first half of August to pack up a 2,200-volume collection of music references, antique hymnals and books on music from the seminary’s Mill Valley campus in California and deliver it to Vermont at NEBC’s Hogue Library in Bennington.

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  • Music helps missionaries break barriers

    December 5 2014 by Tess Rivers, IMB/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Music helps missionaries break barriers

    Good values weren’t enough for Linda Hamfors of Stockholm, Sweden. Hamfors, who grew up in an atheist family, believed Jesus was “a really amazing guy” and learned values from her parents like forgiveness, acceptance and love. But, good values couldn’t sustain the singer/songwriter through the tumultuous years when her parents began drinking more and pursuing materialistic gain.

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