By Carl Stagner
Editor’s note—This article from December 2010 was one of the first feature stories Church of God Ministries’ staff writer Carl Stagner ever wrote for the CHOGnews. This year, we bring it back for your Christmastime delight. Enjoy!
The Church of God is known for its singing. Early pioneers of the reformation movement expressed their joy in the Lord through the writing and singing of songs, such as “I’m Redeemed,” “A Child of God,” and “I Will Praise Him, Hallelujah!” Many of the heritage songs of the Church of God are still being sung today. But did you know that these heritage composers wrote Christmas carols? Continue reading
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Photo: The Gaither Vocal Band
By Carl Stagner
Across the Church of God—more accurately, across Christendom—the name Gaither has become synonymous with the best of gospel music. With a sense of holy pride in two of its own, the Church of God has celebrated the extensive reach of Bill and Gloria Gaither for several decades. From “He Touched Me,” to “Because He Lives,” to “The Family of God,” several classics found in the Church of God hymnal have come to us from the pens of Bill and Gloria. The Gaither Vocal Band, featured on just about every one of the highly popular Gaither Homecoming videos, has touched audiences around the world with the hope of Jesus Christ set to music. We couldn’t be more excited to announce the Gaither Vocal Band as kickoff worship artists for Church of God Convention 2017 in Wichita, Kansas. Continue reading
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Recently Anderson University hosted two special concerts entitled “Woven Threads” that brought together some of AU’s most well-known alumni musical talent to support the university where each developed their talent and began their careers. A special CD of the live performance is now available for purchase online at Rivet Merch.
“Woman Threads is a gift of love to Anderson University,” said President Dr. James L. Edwards. “We are so grateful to Sandi Patty and each of the artists who have given so generously of themselves to provide a truly unique project, one I know you will love.” Continue reading
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