The origin and development of Gospel music goes hand in hand with the history of evangelism in the United States. Dwight L. Moody, an evangelist of the mid-to-late 1800s, was the primary "architect" of a new kind of church music that has become what we now call Gospel Music.
In the mid-1800s two men developed a new kind of religious music that was to become today's Gospel music. The two men were famed evangelist Dwight L. Moody and his music director and soloist, Ira D. Sankey, known as the "Sweet Singer."
I was expecting a backlash from the sort of people I'd worked with. I was only half joking when I told my wife Genie, "Pat Robertson will have me killed." Instead I got (literally thousands) of emails thanking me for "telling my story" as many people put it.
While Franklin Graham is deeply misinformed about countless matters, including gay adoption, he's absolutely right about his father: Like his son, Billy Graham cannot accept gays and lesbians just as they are.
I'm tired of having to explain that I'm "not that kind of Christian" to people who assume that Franklin Graham speaks for all of us. Because he does not.
As long as we sit with discomfort, we are fine. Discomfort is not a problem. It is simply the energy of life manifesting as it is. Meditation practice is all about gracefully witnessing the ebb and flow of that energy.
One week before President John F. Kennedy made the fateful trip to Dallas in 1963, Billy Graham "had an inner foreboding that something terrible was g...
What if you took that thing -- that vision, that idea, that cause you believe has been stirring in your life -- and you decided that you were going to do all you could to bring it to expression?
May I have the envelope please? Oh, you want a couple of clues first? Sure.
Obama's visit to the West Bank took him into the center of the Palestinian tragedy where outrage over Israel's military occupation and civilian settlements has been punctuated by bursts of terrorist violence, quiet oppression, and demoralizing acquiescence.
Many folks assume that Billy Graham is a right-wing ideologue because he shares many of the most literal interpretations of the Bible espoused by Christian fundamentalists. But as an evangelical, his beliefs are more nuanced.
Just as Billy Graham's influence and impact transcends religious, racial and political boundaries, so does the list of contributors to this volume as they reveal and confirm his place in history.
Machiavelli understood, arguably better than anyone of his age, that religion can be an effective tool for buttressing the prince's stature and advancing his politics. The sharp-minded Italian theorist also counseled the prince to wield religion as a political weapon.
So this Christmas, as we look ahead to a New Year that holds a lot of uncertainty personally, nationally, and internationally, I want to give others -- and you -- The Compass: Read the Bible.
"Rev. Graham is a man of character," Gomes told me, with an easy smile. His high assessment of Rev. Graham stemmed from a terribly difficult period that began when Gomes announced in 1991 that he was "a Christian who happens as well to be gay."
That sounds harsh and I do not mean for it to be unkind. But frankly, I'm growing exceedingly weary of the nonsense that uninformed and misinformed Christian ministers wail about almost continuously.