Music in the Air by Mark Ward

Music in the Air by Mark Ward is a chronological history/biography of gospel radio from its start in the 1920’s up to present day.  Along the way, there are short life stories of radio’s great evangelist like Percy Crawford and Jack Wyrtzen, the very first Southern Gospel quartets, The Statesmen, Stamps and Back to the…

GIVE-A-WAY: Hymns and Family

Spring has finally made an appearance in Southern Missouri and I can’t express how wonderful it feels to be able to say, “It’s hot outside!”  Okay, so it may not be hot, but the warmth is a much welcomed change to the frigid temperatures we’ve experienced through the winter.  The weather has been quite different…

Land of the Lakes and Sun

Have you ever noticed how photos portray writers?  Nine chances out of ten the photo had him (or her!) seated on a nice cushy chair, pen in hand, expensive looking leather bound notebook sitting on their lap with a gaze directed out a window lost in thought.  Oh, and don’t forget a coffee mug on…

One More Song

One by one, the folks in the lobby made their way into the auditorium for the last night of the Truthseekers’ Homecoming. I felt like I was the last person to my seat! As I slipped through the door on the right side of the theater the Truthseekers were already on stage singing Who Am…

Crowd Control

The harsh weather of Thursday night was behind us.  Though cloudy and chilly, no tornados loomed on the horizon!  Yes, that’s right – I just said tornado.  Mother Nature has a way of showering her presence upon us and we experienced that first-hand the night before when the electric went out!  It just so happened,…

Bus Power

Dark foreboding clouds hung in the sky and unleashed a downpour that kept me from driving the speed limit.  The windshield wipers were on high and everyone (well, the sensible ones!) was driving slow.  We had just crossed over the Illinois border and drove right into the storm.  I glanced at the clock on the…

The Sea That Leads Home

The last day of the cruise was a full day at sea.  We were on our way home.  This was sad for me because I so wanted to spend more time exploring the Bahamas!  But even the best vacation must come to an end.  On a brighter note, I was determined to enjoy every minute…

Home of Blackbeard

  The Golden Age of piracy lasted for thirty years…from 1690-1720.  It was said that when a pirate slept he didn’t dream of going to heaven but to his favorite port of Nassau on New Providence Island.  Why?  Nassau was well suited to be a pirate base of operations because its waters were too shallow…

The Shallow Sea

                                                                                                                                                                      Half Moon Cay, or, San Salvador, was the second destination on our tour of the Bahamas.  At 9:00 AM, the announcement was made that you could begin disembarking for the island.  At nine o’clock, I was in the Coconut Lounge eating breakfast and looking out on the turquoise waters.  We agreed the day before…

GIVE-A-WAY: New Music From…?

Last month we gave away a book, now it’s March and time for a new prize…how about some new music?  While I was in Marion, IL for the Truthseeker’s Homecoming, Brian Free and Assurance had their new project, Unashamed with them.  This is their brand new release with ten original songs!  Unashamed is also the…