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  • Music Abuse

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 30, 2008

    MUSIC ABUSE The Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine analyzed the lyrics of the top 279 songs of 2005. Nearly 80% of rap songs contained references to illicit drugs, alcohol or tobacco, followed by country (37%), R&B (20%), rock (14%) and pop (9%). When combined, 42% of all songs had some ...read more

  • Facing The Music

    Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Mar 19, 2012

    FACING THE MUSIC Many years ago a man wanted to play in the Imperial Orchestra, but could not play a note. Since he was, however, a person of great wealth and influence, he demanded to be allowed to join the orchestra so that he could perform in front of the king. The conductor agreed to let him ...read more

  • In The Broadway Musical,

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Aug 31, 2009

    In the Broadway musical, “Guys and Dolls,” there is a line where Sky Masterton (the Marlon Brando role in the film version) shares some advice that his father gave him. Sky is a gambler and the entire play revolves around a certain bet that he makes which pays off in a way he isn’t expecting. But I ...read more

  • Violent Music Makes Violent Kids. While Music ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 10, 2006

    Violent Music makes violent kids. While music doesn’t put the gun in the hands of the kids who attack school-mates and teachers, it does put the gun in their minds, says author and publisher, ...read more

  • Music: Although Us Recorded Music Sales Are Up ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 27, 2006

    Music: Although US recorded music sales are up modestly in ‘04, the industry is struggling. Driven by downloads, digital music spending will nearly double in ‘04 to reach over $270 million. Still, neither digital markets nor online sales will restore music spending to its ‘99 heights, so the ...read more

  • Twas Battered And Scarred, And The Auctioneer ...

    Contributed by Jonathan Campbell on Jun 4, 2008

    Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin. But he held it up with a smile; "What am I bidden, good folks?" he cried. "Who’ll start the bidding for me?" "A dollar, a dollar"; then two!" "Only two? Two dollars, and who’ll ...read more

  • What A Friend We Have In Jesus  PRO

    Contributed by Jonathan Campbell on Jun 24, 2008
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    WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS Only the Lord and the man in question really know what burdens of sorrow and affliction were heaped upon the writer of this great hymn. One thing we do know, however, is that this beautiful and blessed hymn would never have been penned if the author had not known ...read more

  • In 1530 The Great Reformer Martin Luther Wrote: ...

    Contributed by John Boquist on Aug 3, 2008

    In 1530 the great reformer Martin Luther wrote: “I am not ashamed to confess publicly that next to theology there is no art which is the equal of music, for she alone, after theology, can do what otherwise only theology can accomplish, namely, quiet and cheer up the soul of man, which is clear ...read more

  • The Week Before Last I Made A Trip To Lincoln, ...

    Contributed by K. Edward Skidmore on Aug 20, 2008

    The week before last I made a trip to Lincoln, Illinois. I drove Dallas and Alpha’s car up there and left it off for them. (It was an 18-hour road trip, but I actually enjoyed most of it. The reason I enjoyed it was not JUST that I was driving a red SAAB with lots of pickup --- that got 35 miles ...read more

  • The Story Of This Song, Oh Holy Night, Began In ...

    Contributed by K. Edward Skidmore on Dec 23, 2008

    The story of this song, Oh Holy Night, began in the 1840’s in France when a Priest asked a poet named Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure to write a poem for Christmas Mass. Cappeau composed this poem while he was in a carriage on the road to France … and that he titled Cantique de Noel. Cappeau ...read more

  • Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

    Contributed by Dave Kinney on Jan 24, 2009

    COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING Robert Robinson was just a small boy when his dad died, and this meant that he had to go to work while still very young. Without a father to guide him, he fell in with bad crowd of friends. One day, his gang harassed a drunken gypsy. Pouring more whiskey into ...read more

  • Gma Dove ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009

    GMA DOVE AWARDS The 39th annual GMA Dove Awards were awarded 1/25/08 and televised live on the Gospel Music Channel. The Dove Awards in the overall categories went to: Artist of the Year: Toby Mac Female Vocalist of the Year: Natalie Grant Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Tomlin Group of ...read more

  • Jim Lopardo Tells This Story: I Was A Percussion ...

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 16, 2009

    Jim Lopardo tells this story: I was a percussion major when I was in college, and during a rehearsal of the student orchestra, my section kept making mistakes. "When you’re too dumb to play anything," the professor conducting us sneered, "they give you a couple of sticks, put you in the back and ...read more

  • The New Man Sings A New Song. Singing Is An ...

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on May 17, 2009

    the new man sings a new song. Singing is an expression of joy and . . .an ...read more

  • Lifeway Worship Music Group Is Creating The ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2008

    LifeWay Worship Music Group is creating the ultimate worship resource, an electronic hymnal with an initial collection of 1,000 hymns to be released in '08. The project is one of the largest ...read more

  • The Agency For The Performing Arts Inc. Has ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 14, 2008

    The Agency for the Performing Arts Inc. has become the third major agency (along with William Morris and Creative Artists Agency) to offer a division dedicated solely to booking artists in the ...read more

  • The American Bible Society And The Gospel Music ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 14, 2008

    The American Bible Society and the Gospel Music Association (GMA) have formed a partnership to create a new songwriting competition at GMA’s annual Music in the Rockies, held in Estes Park, CO. Songwriters are encouraged to adapt, derive or base music on Scripture from both the Old and New ...read more

  • Bill And Gloria Gaither Were Honored By Indiana ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 14, 2008

    Bill and Gloria Gaither were honored by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels with the 2008 Sachem, the state’s highest honor. The Gaithers have collaborated on more than 700 gospel songs, winning 8 GRAMMY Awards and more than 24 Dove Awards. They were named “Songwriters of the Century” in ...read more

  • Rock Of Ages

    Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 4, 2012

    ROCK OF AGES "Rock of Ages" is a popular Christian hymn by Reverend Augustus Montague Toplady, written in 1763 and first published in The Gospel Magazine in 1775. Tradition says the hymn was written when Augustus Toplady was walking in the gorge of Burrington Combe in the Mendip Hills in ...read more

  • Elvis Soothed By Gospel Music

    Contributed by Johnny Palmer on Jan 13, 2012

    ELVIS SOOTHED BY GOSPEL MUSIC Elvis used to stay up all night singing gospel songs. He once said, "We do two shows a night for five weeks. A lotta times we'll go upstairs and sing until daylight - gospel songs. We ...read more