- Created on 21 August 2013
“I am intentional about my music having a message that points to the goodness of God, and to His grace,” says Johnson – who will record by the name She’nice. “I’m beyond excited to be a part of the RCA Inspiration family.”
- Created on 19 August 2013
Gospel veteran Bryan Wilson is excited about the new “Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix VI” CD that goes live on iTunes and other digital stores this Tuesday, August 20th while the physical CD hits Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target and other chain stores September 3rd.
One of those representations is the song “It Will Happen For Me” that’s featured on the Gospel Mix CD. Wilson wrote the song and Christian Medice produced it. “Christian has a great studio in Brooklyn, NY,” Wilson says. “We started the song as a ballad and then my manager asked Christian to do this unique piano intro before it segues into a contemporary retro thing that really came out well but the main thing about the song is the message. So, many of us are waiting on something from God – spiritually or materially – but the song just says it will happen in God’s timing.”
- Created on 15 August 2013
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a relationship event being held at a local church, a town over from where I live. A "Christian matchmaker" would be on-hand to speak to a group of men and women about how they could become more approachable and what they could do to approach the opposite sex with more ease and comfort. In all my years of writing books and articles about relationships and touring North America to speak to audiences about relationships, I have never heard of a "Christian matchmaker," so I was instantly intrigued and made sure to attend.
Upon arrival, I sat down and really took in what he was saying, and I realized that his advice was not far different from what other matchmakers claim. The only noticeable difference was the fact that he used Bible scripture to reinforce his ideologies. In fact, the thing that was most unique about the event was the audience – a crowd full of grown, single, Seventh-Day Adventists, who were in the mood to talk frankly about dating, especially dating in the church. Please understand that these people were not preteens, teenagers, or even very young adults – we are talking about people age 30 and older.
Now in the spirit of full disclosure, I want to put it out there that I am an agnostic theist. I don't think it's vastly important, nor will it affect my ability to talk about the church in a fair and balanced manner. But let's be honest, no one wants to see their faith being trashed, which makes us extra-sensitive about who's seemingly challenging it. What I ultimately want to convey is that this piece is less about my individual opinion, and more about me reporting the actual feelings of the Christians I spoke with that night and throughout that week. After interviewing many devout Christians, and really listening to what they had to say, the results have been very clear, yet confusing at the same time: The church is the BEST and the WORST place to date.
One woman perfectly summed up what many people there told me in one sentence: "Everyone in the church wants to see you get married – but they don't necessarily want to see you date."
Read the rest here.