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There is no tragedy in the world worse than this — the church losing the gospel. Nothing can compare to this disaster — nothing.
For when you lose the gospel, you lose salvation. People are actually no longer becoming saved. And when people are no longer truly becoming saved, you also lose the church. Well, I want to say to you that I am not being drastic enough.
In fact, if I were to shout through megaphones directly into your ears, it would not be possible for me to overemphasize just how disastrous and awful and horrific it is that our backslidden Western church today has — to all intents and purposes — lost its gospel.
And in doing so it has lost its very reason for being. Tell me, where is such a thing in Scripture? Does such a thing even come close to existing?
That is because nobody ever did. It is all a modern fabrication — a complete invention. Are we ever told how to walk in THAT today?? Where is this in our gospel? Where is the transformed life? We have lost it all. Our people very rarely repent. And we should be ashamed of ourselves for preaching such a travesty. The gospel is the building block upon which everything else is built. Without it we have nothing — literally nothing. It affects all that we do and all that we are.
To lose it is simply the worst disaster imaginable. So how on earth can we get it back? That is precisely what was happening with the preaching of Wesley, Finney, Whitefield, etc. And it has to happen again today! It is to be the long-lasting restoration of the true gospel — and thus the true church also. It is the most important key to it all. O God, send such a Revival!
O God, we cry out to you in the mighty name of Jesus. I totally agree the church is in a massive mess and I preach the gospel to people as much as I can and tell them to change their ways.
Sadly I have a street team in a mess go to way out charismatic churches with kundalini spirits and get drunk on devils. I go to a church in Brisbane, Australia, where the congregational philosopy is ….. People are NOT Hearing! GOD must give people ears to hear. We Must all press on None the less. Shalom No Turning Back! That said, your larger point stands. Until people come to understand sin, at its root, as rebellion against that One, True, Unchanging Sovereign Creator God, the good news will make no sense at all.
Just read Matthew Faith, repentance, baptism and the gift of the Holy Spirit — it all went together as a salvation package. And we were just as clearly wrned not to preach another gospel. Unfortunately, millions have preached Ephesians 2: Just compare Ephesians 2: Baptism has been wrongly taught by denominations to be a work of man and merely a symbolic ritual without saving value.
They never ever got that idea from the Bible; they got it from Satan!!! Please read your Bible instead of listening to populist preachers purveying powerless poison..
They put a man up there right with God and begin to listen and do anything and everything they say. I know because I was right there.
I have been in the process of repenting and guess what I am entering a place of personal revival! We must humble ourselves and turn to HIM and Him alone. I feel that you are slowly coming around to our position. When you say that the Church has lost the Gospel, then of course that is not true. Now, what passes for the Church has lost the Gospel, but the cross-less , Christ-less, cultural Christianity that has masqueraded as the Church is simply coming to full fruition.
God is not mocked as you know brother, what is sown, even if it appears to be wheat, acts like wheal, looks like wheat will eventually, and if you know what a tare is, eventually reveal itself to be a tare just before the harvest.
Its always been that way down through the ages, remnant church, pilgrim church, call it what you like but its always been there, it has always represented the Truth, it has always been marginalized , always been persecuted by that which passes for the Church.
One is acceptable, the other is not. One is of the flesh, one is not. One has the position, one has the anointing. Saul and David are a good example of this spirit, or Jesus and the Pharisees, or the Catholic church and the martyrs, known by many different names.
Or the reformers and the ana-baptists or Moravians. You name the century, and God has had His people. Things are just becoming clearer now because the time of the Lord coming back for His Bride is at hand. Indeed, where is the oil? So, to you saints out there I say God bless you brothers and sisters, God is with you still and in fact is preparing you. He has taken you into desert places so that you will rely upon Him completely and not upon any institutions that claim to be the Church.
You are the Church. Two or three of you remnant saints are the Church, not as man defined it but as God has declared it. And because of the lateness of the day, that which passed for the Church, that ancient enemy ,the flesh, will soon persecute those of the Spirit in such a fashion as has never been seen before.
Yet, equal to the persecution to come, as it comes in like a flood, God will raise up a standard in you, fill you with His Spirit, so that despite any circumstances, you will overcome just as He overcame. My suggestion to all saints is to find other like-minded saints and gather together with them, even if it is only two or three, and do it all the more as you see that time approaching.
God bless all my brothers and sisters out there. I love you guys and remember that great High Priestly prayer of Jesus in John He came for this purpose, that we may be one as He and the Father are one. And then, the world will know that Jesus was sent by God the Father because of His great love. To make Jesus your personal saviour?
So the phrase is not un-warranted. But GOD is the one to judge the heart of that individual, as to whether they actually mean what they are saying, thinking, praying, and surrendering to Him. When we can not see, it will be the eventual Fruit that will show forth whether or not this was genuine. What Frank and Mike said. Amen The church of Jesus Christ is here and waiting.
We know the scriptures say that at the end would there be any faith left. So cling to the faith once delivered to the saints and remember look up and lift up your heads, redemption draws near. Read 2 Thessalonians 2: Not only look up, yes test our hearts see if we too are in the faith,if we are fulfilling the great commission that we are not shy or ashamed of the true gospel of Jesus Christ, BUT look around, hell is real, do we even believe in hell anymore?
I do not say this in bitterness, NO! Frank what you have said here is also true, the question is are we of his true remnant? Might I say Jesus disciples gave their very lives for the true gospel of Jesus Christ litterly through death and persecution are we whom have been pruned and tested in the dessert to be any different?
Jesus died that many might be saved. I am absolutely in agreement we find two or three others living in true community, ,true agape love for him and one another, but let us go and make disciples pray for divine appointments and those whom the Lord may put in our path, real face to face gospel his light in a very dark world,. The message of the whole of Gods word is salvation and relationship. We were not called away to the desert to stay there forever.
In His Love, lynn. But He tends not to be the focus. The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ and who He is and what He did. Those are more than facts, they are living relaties that collide with unregenerate hearts and transform them. One can preach against sin, proclaim the need for holiness and repentance, and the atoning death of Jesus the Christ — and still not present Jesus Christ.
Present Him and you will present His gospel and His life. The question then is, is Jesus able to save to the uttermost they that come to and put their trust in Him? Does He have what it takes to present to Himself a Church without spot or wrinkle or any blemish?
Jesus is the Gospel. I met Him years ago and cannot loose Him. He loves me too much. If you have lost Jesus,then all I want to say to you is this: You are being deceived as being abandoned and that is a LIE! Are we going nuts? Please ,read your Bibles and see that Jesus came to set us free from this condemnation and He broke the yoke of sin over our lives. I cannot fall away because I understand and accept what Jesus has done for me. Trust me in this: Tell people the truth without taking their money and you will preach another Gospel.
Freely you have received and freely you should give! If you allow the Holy Spirit to make you understand the Grace of God by which you are saved through Jesus, then you will long not to live an unholy live and you will want others to be set free as well. Jesus has done it all. He will return, He will reign, He will receive His bride whom He has made righteous. He did not do an incomplete work! Andrew — I have to agree.
We have substituted the commentaries and traditions of men for the Word of God. Recently, after a lot of prayer we have started a home church where Jesus is the Senior Pastor and our goal is to seek Him, be His witnesses, be His disciples and seek to love one another in such a way that the world might know. I am finding that there are many home house churches starting…where relationship with Christ and one another is more important than building large buildings with a program for everyone!
While answering this question above…. AMEN I am so glad in this time of luke warm gospel preaching and watered down, people pleasing teaching that someone is taking a stand in favour of the true word of God, I was amazed last week when I went out with a friend who is a soon to be methodist minister to hear her say in front of non saved friends amongst other things that a baby who is christened is saved and that she is in touch with muslims who serve the same God as us and so she believes they and almost in fact everyone is going to heaven, Despite my quoting scriptures to point out the error of what she believed , she was not swayed, The enemy needs to do very little these days to lead Christians astray when we have Pastors, preachers etc doing it for him, Please continue to speak out,.
To be clean is to acknowledge what we hear from His voice. So, to me this means taking time before the Lord, hearing Him and then acknowledging the truth of what he says; identifying our sins and as this is obeyed, the verse promises us that he will cleanse from all sins that he brings to our attention for repentance. This is very simple. Over the last few weeks it has been said over and over again.
It is just for reading and understanding…I wish I could say it as clear as the Holy Spirit, but then again if you cannot understand Him, how will what I say ever make sense? Oh Lord, have mercy…. God took Andrew out of America when he was shut down at the border years ago. For it is HE that saves, not man and HE will bring forth those that truly Love , Honor, are willing to repent, renounce and forgive one another.
Christ was preached to an Ethiopian. I believe this is a perfect example of how we are to witness:. In Acts 8, it tells us the story of how an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip to arise and go toward a road that lead to Gaza. He went and a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch, was sitting in his chariot reading Isaiah.
Then the Spirit said to Philip to go near and overtake this chariot. So Philip asked him if he understood what he was reading? In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? Now as they went down the road, they came to some water.
What hinders me from being baptized? So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down in the water, and he baptized him. Now, when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunich saw him no more; and he was on his way rejoicing. The whole book of Acts, which is the manual of instruction to the Church, given to us by the Lord himself, before he ascended into heaven.
And you are witnesses of the things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high. The Holy Spirit was promised.
And when they preached all throughout the Book of Acts, they commanded those who repented to be baptized in water and the Holy Spirit fell on all of them. I also know some christians believe that once they commit to Jesus in a personal prayer, that they are permanently saved. I agree Andrew, the Church and the Gospel are synonymous — one cannot function independently of the other.
When I was saved at the age of 27, 23 years ago, I received supernatural healing, baptism of the holy spirit and water baptism, on the same night. Conviction of sin, humility before God and the grace of God all worked wonderfully to bring me to the point of salvation. I must add that I made a public declaration of surrender and faith to Jesus before a large crowd of people. Was it dignifying for me? Was it dignifying to Jesus when he suffered the scorn and shame that we deserved?
I witnessed to others in the power of the spirit immediately. The presence and power of the spirit was with me. Later, the holy spirit led me on a journey to apprehend the Gospel. I was so hungry to understand the Gospel, not satisfied to enjoy this new life on my own, but to bring understanding to others as well as live my life to the glory of God.
Freely we have received; freely we give. I did not know that Scripture at this time. I love the Gospel and have shared it thousands of times. Some of that activity will be gifting in operation and some of it will be purely living as one is led of the holy spirit, not being ashamed of the Gospel. Why do Christians shy away from the Gospel? I have my answers and have preached it, once. How many people have we met who actually hunger to understand the Gospel? I still hunger today for greater understanding.
I desire to know more, so that somehow I may share in the fellowship of His suffering. In this sense, I agree with L. I would love to say much and commenced writing a book on this subject early last year. However, late last year I sensed the beginning promptings of the holy spirit speak to me on sharing more of Christs return than sharing of the Gospel.
I have spoken mostly about personal evangelism but wish to also acknowledge the need for preaching the Gospel in the power and anointing of the spirit. Why has that diminished? It now seems a matter of priority to equip people with life principles to enable success in our worldly endeavours — management, leadership, finance, etc.
I am not against teaching that encourages living by godly principles. However, we are obsessed with junk food and quick fixes. In so doing we have come to institutionalise the church to this effect and set a pattern for others to likewise emulate. We elevate gifts and the miraculous and for many, this has substituted solid teaching of the word which produces fruit, discernment, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, compassion, even foundation for our faith.
We need to return to the word of God, return to the Gospel, and cease leaning on our own understanding. Are these two things linked? Is it possible that if we become self absorbed, we lose our desire for love and concern of people? This, and reasons above among others, are some of the reasons I think the Gospel has been neglected, and undervalued.
On a final note, we need to understand what we consider the Gospel to be. Too often, discussion on the Gospel is fragmented and hijacked. Not saying all the answers are there, just material that will evoke robust discussion on salvation.
I look forward to seeing this discussion through. David Markham, you make some good points above. I have to concede that it is his kindness that leads us to repentance.
That in itself is a good discussion. Check out Acts However, I agree with Mike. Also check out I Timothy 1: Only drifting back into sin and prayerlessness will cause the Spirit to sadly move farther and farther out of our hearts. They also were of one heart and soul. They also shared with anyone who had need. We will be strong in the Lord and the strength of HIS might. We will put on the whole armor of God. We will pray always in the Spirit. These are the marks of a Spirit-filled life.
How do penitent, biblically baptized Christians get this filling if they have lost it? Notice also in Acts 8: There is no mention, pre-Acts 6 of any of the ordinary Christians speaking in languages or working other miracles. Beware of false apostles!! However, when we truly understand and want to make a commitment saying so to God and to other followers of Christ is acceptable. I think there is a reasonable discussion of what this all means at the following link.
We all have mouths, if we know the true gospel we need to hit the streets and tell people. If Christ is your master, He said Go! I appreciate all the commenters here. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
Is garbled language a mystery? If a child of God repents, and seeks God and wants to be baptized in water in his Precious name, and if he receives a language in tongues which is garbled, who is anyone to say that that is not of God? Hi Ejimanze , in answer to your question, yes I do have a website, in fact if you click on my name just to the left of the pic beside the comment, it will take you there. We try to simply minister to the saints on these sites and speak to the Body with the context of the times in which we live, with the Lord returning soon and how that effects us.
We are actually holding some meetings in July th with Pastor Brian Long at his church in Barnsdall Oklahoma whom Andrew Strom has ministered with..
If any of the saints on this site live near by or feel a calling to come along, you would be more than welcome. It is Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. You can find out the details and nearest hotel and so on at the Facebook site. Our primary focus will be Jesus in these gatherings. We will seek His presence and allow the Holy Spirit to lead out meetings……bro Frank. Perhaps a little mockery now and then may awaken some from their slumber?
It is the great news that Christ died for us so that we can have eternal life and reign together with Him as royal priesthood in the order of Melchizedek. And so this the little prayer that God is allowed to come into your life is THE only thing you can do to receive….
The ONE thing you should do. The reason the revival is not happening is because the gospel messaged has being piled up with works and stress. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart , and you will find rest for your souls. I am not sure whether people today would be able to listen to a sound gospel, if we had one. It seems that the worldly deception, which came first through the false doctrin of the Babylonian church, then through the enlightenment, and nowadays through media, spreading lies continuously all over this world, has done a perfect job.
Many people are deceived so much that they do simply need a shock. It seems to me that they are unable to listen to any message any longer. First they have to switch off their media stuff — for months or even years. As we can see daily, they love their devices more than the gospel and the bible. Therefore the consequence is inevident: There is no other way to heal their sickness. And make no mistake, this therapy will come. The true church is the watchman on the wall. So lets quit pampering sin and cry loud and spare not.
After all Jesus said to us in Revelation whom ever I love I rebuke and chasten, and he was talking of conviction of sin unto repentance. So What is the call of the church but ot become the watchman on the wall not caring of what men say but God only lest we be counted with the goats at our own judgemnt.
Hi Barry, I hear your heart…. I was over still am in Brisbane this week with work and as I sat in my motel room the other night He told me He wanted me to preach…. How can we partner together for the sake of the Gospel? What can I do to support you in your preaching of the Gospel? The established church has lost the plot. Those who have not are usually kicked out by it Revivals usually never start in denominations and the next one will not be an exception. Can we really lose the gospel? Through all the ups and downs in life I have never felt like I lost Jesus or his Gospel.
What I have seen and witnessed is that many including me have been guilty of trying to change the Gospel to make it fit whatever we believed at that time. The gospel has been battered, warped, suppressed and changed by many believers throughout the years. Many that changed it destroyed its power when they changed it to fit their life instead of letting it change them and their life by it.
So have we lost the gospel or changed the Gospel to fit what we believe today? Blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is to attribute the works of the Spirit as being of the devil. We must be careful here. I like this example of how easy it is to get saved. What Jesus did was not easy — but what it accomplished made it so for us.
And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Paul gloried in whatever way Christ was preached, because He knew the Holy Spirit would use it as a means to reach the lost — in spite of what was intended.
Christ living in and through us! Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.
Against such there is no law. Do these articles provoke the fruit of the Spirit or these… Gal 5: The Church is in good hands, including those who are struggling. Let us keep a spirit of humility and meekness and restore those who are taken in fault, considering our ownselves lest we be likewise tempted. The true gospel is the power of God unto salvation. It is hearing and obeying the message of Christ. When we hear and believe and obediently step forth with our confession of faith — we are saved!
Until you meet a person who is an antichrist, one who refuses to believe on Christ, you will struggle to know what the difference between lost and saved is.
We have so closed ourselves in the Church walls that we think it is spiritual to try and cull out the fakes from the genuine amongst us. Anyone who professes Christ as Lord and Saviour, as far as I am concerned, is saved. Now I know that is a scary thought for some. Christians, but I realize that all Believers are somewhere between being babes and mature in Christ. The greatest sign of maturity is that we maintain the assurance of our salvation no matter what or where we may find ourselves in life.
As a pastor I made a decision along time ago to find Christ in the debts of the most worldly Christians, knowing that Christ is able to sanctify them through His mercy, grace and patience. And with a gentle nature edify them. And as far as imposters go, let the tares grow with the wheat and let the angels do the culling.
The glorious grace of God, ratified by the completely autonomous work of Jesus on the cross, is designed to work mightily in the most dysfunctional sinner and Christian in the world. The only place grace cannot work is in the heart of the Christian who believes his performance brings favor with God.
This one has fallen from grace and is likely bitter, critical, accusing and divisive. What if the those within the church that snub their nose at sinning were turned over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh and at least temporarily dis-fellowshipped? Of course we would need some leaders like the original disciples leading us….
I have long been convinced that generally speaking the gospel preached in the 20C and that preached now is so diluted as to be another gospel. Thank God for those who have preached the truth in this period. These are the foundations upon which the building must be built. It is said that the bench was wet with tears as men and women under conviction cried for mercy and found it.
You are not being too drastic. There are people who feel the same way and ache for a true revival and have done for years. Let us speak the whole truth and see God by His Spirit bring conviction, repentance, faith and the receiving and witness of the Spirit.
We demonstrate Christ in our words from The Word of God— and in our actions, especially showing His love toward the Brethren.
One is empty without the other, see James 2: Robert after the exortation to the body of Christ I was led to post here, all you could say and see is I am lifting up a man, wow! Sir I only lift up my King Jesus. Worthy is the spotless lamb of God to be praised, may we Praise him there is none like him.
It is not a gospel of works which saves us but a gospel which results in works. The gospel being preached today produces no change of heart or character. Jesus came to make us holy and righteous in a real and practical way by grace through faith. Faith which results in no change cannot save you. Even the demons believe and at least tremble. The reason sinners today are not aware of the filth of their sin is because preachers have lost sight of the glory and holiness of God.
As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: They prophesy falsely and the people love to have it so. But what will they do in the end thereof? Because the preachers have lost sight of the glory of God and have given themselves to numbering their congregations, while compassing land and sea to make new proselytes, therefore the people, Christian and unconverted alike, have lost their sense and realization of the dreadful filth of their sin.
It is true that some occasionally speak of the holiness of God, but they seldom seem to have any true conviction of it and seldom do they live the thing they preach. Therefore their sermons are clouds without water and empty words preached from empty hearts. As the curtain comes down on the Church defined by the 16th century Counter Reformation, the curtain is rising on the Evangelical Catholicism of the third millennium: Pope Francis approaches his responsibilities as the leader of a world Church in a spirit of discernment and prayer.
The essential message of the revolutionary statement can be gleaned from this passage: It cannot retreat before those who see only confusion, dangers, and threats.
What is required is confirming, renewing, and revitalizing the newness of the Gospel out of a personal and community encounter with Jesus Christ that raises up disciples and missionaries. We must start again that being Christian is the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.
Something more, something deeper, is needed. This conversion of minds and hearts builds a community that is unlike any other: Pope Francis is bringing to the world Gospel-centered Catholicism, which rediscovers the tremendous human adventure of living inside the biblical narrative of history. Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not. There is a lot of talk about returning to the true gospel.
Jesus said He must go away and send back the paraclete. He is a person. He is the Holy Spirit. One of His names is the Spirit of Truth. He is still speaking today. If most would tune out the voices of many waters, they would hear His still, small voice. This is the power of GOD. I am groaning inside, as is all creation, for the sons of GOD to become manifest. I tarry till it comes forth.
What I wrote, I wrote in haste and I should have said Israel and the Nations, you are correct in that. This judgement is at the end of the trib and in the context of Matt 25 you have two groups of brethren, one are His Jewish brethren Israel and the other are His Gentile brethren who became belivers in the time of the trib And these Gentile brethren are those that do good to His Jewish brethren Israel during the trib.
I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in etc etc. This is what the Gentile brethren will do for His Jewish brethren Israel during the trib. All brethren yes, but three different identities, one is the Church, one is Israel and the other is Gentile brethren.
The last two groups are those that make it through the trib and go on to repopulate the earth in the millennium. Good works are not the Gospel, the good news to the Body. Sadly people still use those scriptures in Matt. It talks about how part of the gospel involves our willingness to be wholly submitted to Him. I wish I had words to speak what I sometimes feel about it. Just think of the Christians around you. I do not speak of nominal Christians, or professing Christians, but I speak of hundreds and thousands of honest, earnest Christians who are not living a life in power of God or to His glory.
There is more to the gospel than simple intellectual belief even demons believe. We have plenty of people who want to know Jesus as the Savior but we have very few people who want to know Him as Lord and Master- King of all Kings.
So is your salvation based on what you did — giving some one food, drink, visiting prisoners? AMEN I am so glad in this time of luke warm gospel preaching and watered down, people pleasing teaching that someone is taking a stand in favour of the true word of God, I was amazed last week when I went out with a friend who is a soon to be methodist minister to hear her say in front of non saved friends amongst other things that a baby who is christened is saved and that she is in touch with muslims who serve the same God as us and so she believes they and almost in fact everyone is going to heaven, Despite my quoting scriptures to point out the error of what she believed , she was not swayed, The enemy needs to do very little these days to lead Christians astray when we have Pastors, preachers etc doing it for him, Please continue to speak out THIS SISTER………………..
As was told, the proseprity preachers would be going this new age way……….. Methodists are big on this, but they aint the only ones , secular, witch covens are even preaching on world unity and peace and all paths lead.
He sees the falling away is massive, as do others. As with the jews in hitlers days…………………the repeat of the final event against all true lambs worldwide. FIRST with words……………then actions. We look for a city which is to come…………. MANY will be false propphets at the end and deceiving and being decieved. YET many cannot see this. GREAT persecutions are coming upon the bride. POWER shall be given unto the dark one to overcome the saints. I love you all.
Repent, and believe in the gospel. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. The hour is near for the true gospel of the kingdom to be preached again in the power and anointing of the Spirit!
The Lord will save a great multitude of people from every nation on this earth! SHE can keep her fleshly wisdom and false exaltations which fill the pride of men……….. Better to fill up his suffereings and be lowly than exalted with many and cares and pleasures in life. FOr i was the worst of men………………. Why set thine heart upon riches, which make themselves wings and fly , fly away…………..
Many are now heaping wrath up for the day of wrath. Making cares and pleasures in this life, the target. I believe salvation comes through the finished work of Christ alone. However Christ also gives us insights as to what a Christian really is. He says that if we love Him, we will obey His commandments.
He tells us that if we are truly his followers then we will carry our crosses and deny ourselves. He tells us that we are to be forgiving of one another, because if we are not forgiving, we are told He will not forgive us. He told the disciples that they will know Christians by their fruit: I believe also that people can lose their salvation.
One example of this is how God says he will not forgive us if we do not forgive others. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me.
It would seem that we are all to blame for the church in the West. Some were backsliden, some lost, some lukewarm etc. And now that we have are are being enlightened by the Holy Spirit, now that our eyes are more open it seems like we should be more humble and broken and concerned about taking the log out of our eye than the splinter in others.
I know I have not arrived yet but I am seeking, repenting, asking because I need Him. And I know I love Him much because He loves me much. And I know I love Him because He first loved me. And I said the sinners prayer when I first heard of being born again. I prayed it and I wept and I had so much peace and joy that I was loved, forgiven and I turned completely from going one way to His way.
We do like to put the Lord in a box. He is taking Pastors and Churches by the hand and lifting them up. Not pointing the finger. Listen to some of his recent messages. I am so thankful to the Holy Spirit for taking me to Pastor Carter to hear as there is so much being said out there and everyone thinks they have it.
TO GOD be the glory…………. ON this you stand correct. How can there be anything lesser than this? May God continue to bless you abundantly — Bob M. The king had to tell them. This other group — the nations, had no idea of why they were spared. It saddens me, Andrew, that none of these people except Art seem to have gotten the jist of your article. To put it simply, we are hearing a gospel of salvation without committment, and their is no such thing in reality.
People are often taught to make Jesus their saviour without making Him their Lord, and that is error. He is the Almighty and I am absolutely nothing without Him. Thus when Jesus was talking to the people of Israel in Matt. It is so important to recognise who the Lord is talking to. Yes we learn about their behaviour but our inheritance is different.
It was so in the Welsh Revival and many others for when the gospel is preached in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit manifests His dynamic POWER which convicts the hearers of sin and righteousness and judgement.
When that person is broken before God and his sinful life acknowledged and cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus, they need to place all their faith and hope in the person of Jesus Christ for the future. No a hundred times No. Revival always starts with me or you the Pastor and when the individual has been broken and repented before God and surrendered all to the Master, then we can expect to see the Holy Spirit move. The Holy Spirit has come to live within your heart and soul.
The greatest Baptist Preacher of the 19th Century was C. I certainly do, because that was what I experienced when I was born of the Spirit. There must be the evidence of a transformed life. You are a totally changed person if you are in Christ and your unsaved friends notice it and start to ask questions. We will never see our generation won for Christ unless the preachers of today get hungry for more and more of Jesus Christ. We need men of prayer who have a consciousness of holiness about their lives with pure hearts that have been sanctified by God and the Holy Spirit Fire burning in their souls.
So preach the Gospel in the power of the Spirit to turn your Church around and preach holiness of life. Peace to you, Wilson Wong, Amen to all that you wrote. You are solid in the Gospel…. Why on earth should we read what a man has written, when we have the words that Jesus Christ stated? Why should we look towards man???? Instead, we should be loving Jesus with all of our hearts, willing to die for Him, wanting His Will above and beyond our own, and reading and studying the words that He has said, and the words that He has taught His disciples, and the words that were given to His Prophets of Old.
We should be earnestly praying for the Light to be within us in order to understand His words…. It is mankind who is lost and who is in jeopardy! It is Christ who has already provided the Way, and will save the Day upon His return. He has selected those who are His, and their ears will turn to Him and those He sends out without fear for their lives to speak to them His Truth when the first trumpet starts to sound.
Those who used christianity as a means to enhance their life upon this earth for wealth power and prestige will welcome the false messiah as this false one will speak to their heart…and build up their self glory. God knew man would fail, just as He knew that Peter would deny Him twice before the cock crowed.
Well said, Sheri, and yes…. I too think He is going to surprise us all. Come Lord Jesus Come! Not one of us is Worthy…. Which to me is the Plan of God, made possible by Jesus Christ alone. When ever I am in public and have occassion to start up a conversation……I ask them….
The answers to this question leads to a discussion of good and evil….. A truly joyous racket then, typified by the opening ragbag or should that be ratbag?! The album's tour-de-force and for me, its most persuasive highpoint is The Rooky Wood, a workout-cum-mini-extravaganza that entwines itself out of a stormalongly-different version of Richard Thompson's Poor Ditching Boy.
Mike's own compositions mostly songs, along with a couple of instrumentals comprise around half of the disc's items, and some of these, while employing a more powered-down musical arrangement of the "thoughtful contemporary acoustic" variety and providing a contrast with the band's rowdier escapades, somehow don't quite fit with the image or make the same kind of lasting impression on the senses.
Those which do best stick in the mind, perhaps, are the title track and In Your Dreams, which inhabit a kinda ethereal, enigmatically referential psych-folk milieu that's complemented by their tumbling, swooning instrumental backdrop, while elsewhere Zombie Song is well described by a phrase in the band's press handout: Hell, they almost live up to the ultra-purple prose of their press handout!
Baggyrinkle is the name given to the octet of Swansea-based shantymen led by Dave Robinson, who for the past few years have hosted the Swansea and Mumbles Festivals while gaining an increasing reputation at major shanty and maritime festivals throughout the UK and Europe. Their individual approach combines sufficiently lusty lead and chorus parts, with three-part harmony singing a particular speciality. As for those shanty enthusiasts who consider harmonies anathema to the spirit of those work-songs, I'd urge them to listen again without prejudice, for they may well be pleasantly surprised at the musicality of Baggyrinkle's renderings.
This CD, a studio recording, complements the group's earlier tape release A Pound And A Pint , which was recorded live , in capturing both the vitality and textural strengths of the crew's singing, although it must be said that you can't always feel the actual weight of eight voices even when they're all used together. The chosen leads are well varied and characterful in delivery, although one or two of the selections may possibly seem a little matter-of-fact when set alongside more celebrated recordings; however, taken on their own terms, virtually all of the selections are creditable versions worthy of a place in the collection of the maritime enthusiast.
And another plus - unlike some shanty crews Baggyrinkle don't need to force the pace to make an impact. That factor alone should enable their work to be appreciated by any lovers of folk music who are sitting on the proverbial quayside and considering dipping their ears into the maritime repertoire. Yes, this attractive and well-planned programme does Baggyrinkle credit. And by that same quirk of fate, here I am reviewing Ian's own followup CD at the same time as one by yet another different Bailey - Glyn!
But back to Ian: Again, the majority of Ian's songs are built up from a solid and interestingly scored acoustic base, and he displays a keen intelligence in arrangement. Stylistically, it might seem at first that Ian doesn't seem to quite make up his mind whether to aim for being a rocker or a balladeer, although he convinces on both counts - and more consistently so than on his debut.
First off, he tries to remain One Step Ahead Of The Blues with a convincingly tough and catchy Lindisfarne-ish strum-and-slide-led opener, then shows his soulful passion on the sax-bedecked slowie You Stop Me From Falling. The deceptively gentle-sounding Communication has a distinctly Dylanesque demeanour - an impression reinforced no doubt by the melodic structure of the first half of each verse bearing such a marked resemblance to The Times They Are A'Changin'.
The tender and winsome chamber-folk-pop of Don't Throw It All Away, Listen Closely and Love Song replete with luscious yet understated string settings and the mournful Late Night Lament together comprise another attractive facet to Ian's musical personality, and these moments contrast big-time with the pounding, angry rock gestures of The Big Lie, the strident, organ-led Satellite and the slightly pompous Walk Away whose setting inescapably reminds me of Magazine's Permafrost.
It's good, too that Ian's taken the hint from last time and included his perceptive lyrics of love and loss in the booklet this is an attractive presentation, whose only, miniscule, fault is an incorrect juxtaposition in the tracklisting on the credits page. Ian's certainly a very gifted fellow, and this new album should bring him further into the limelight of recognition. And it's a bit of a grower too, which is always a good thing..
David Kidman February By a strange and perplexing coincidence, two completely different CDs bearing just "Bailey" as the artist name have arrived in my review pile within a few weeks of each other.
Even more coincidental is the fact that both cite both Nick Drake and Ray Davies among their respective influences! Bare facts aside, though, it inhabits an altogether lusher musical world than the other Bailey CD mentioned, at least for parts of its minute length.
Ian Bailey seems determined to prove himself as a musical chameleon, but ends up ultimately, I feel, as more of a jack-of-all-trades and closer to being a true or complete master of none. The musicianship is of a high standard though, and there are certainly plenty of moments to treasure here, although you have to pick around a bit to find them. The opening track Reach Out For Today is a luscious ballad, featuring some truly beautiful string playing from Richard Curran, but it's almost completely spoilt by some obtrusive and quite sickly keyboard-generated twittering noises; an overdose of synthy spacey sounds detracts from These Are Days too.
However, track 4 Unsteady Beat proves that with a bit more restraint in the musical arrangement Ian can put across a ballad with real sensitivity and taste. Ditto with Autumn Leaves , where the Ray Davies namecheck came readily to mind at least in the vocal tone and phrasing. Ian handles the thoughtful, stripped-down Clive Gregson-style acoustic ballad Behind Disguise and the standout folk-rock troubadour ballad Aching And Waiting with considerable credit too.
Elsewhere there are some well, what I might term vaguely sub-Coldplay moments, but they don't offend the sensibilities at all.
There's much to admire in Ian Bailey's work, and it really does repay investigation, but in my opinion he should ditch the synths and stop trying to prove too much.
Oh, and it would've been nice to have the lyrics in the booklet. This particular Bailey brings forth an album that's only just over half the length of the CD by the other Bailey I reviewed this week. Sounds a bit dull from that tag, perhaps, but much of his work is actually rather attractive in a post-Nick-Drake kind of way School and Song Of The Lighthouse Keeper probably stick in the memory most on initial acquaintance.
The downside is that his quietly rippling guitar style gets a trifle monotonous after three or four tracks, and when it's almost the only instrumental accompaniment used on the CD you need a proportionally higher level of interest in the lyrics to compensate and keep the listener's attention. The problem here is that David tends to fall back on a kind of singsong metre and a rhyme scheme that's obvious to the point of seeming more trite than they actually are Hospital Bed and the Smiths-like Could Have Been A Sign being particular cases in point.
As the title track postulates, this may be self-evidently "the way that things are done", but there's insufficient dynamic or colour contrast between the individual songs for the most part, despite occasional judicious tinkering with piano, melodica, mellotron and glockenspiel.
Very strange, especially coming from the Fylde Lancashire - one might well say! But this is a record that grabs attention right from the start, with its surfeit of invention, ideas and imagination.
Glyn's music is difficult to get a handle on at first, with so many first-impressions forming a bewildering headlong rush through the ears. The kinda spaghetti-western-smalltown image that might readily be conjured up by the album's title is one that translates into the slightly cheesy musical idiom Glyn adopts on Yahoo! And, in keeping with those tales of the old West too I suppose, Glyn's writing displays a strong sense of narrative too, as proved by the eight-minute epic Ballad Of Deano.
Basically, Glyn can't resist drawing attention to himself by means of undeniably impressive, powerfully crafted musical settings and lyrics that passionately and eloquently embrace entirely justified criticism of the unforgivingly corrupt corporate world in which we try to survive. Also, you can't ignore Glyn's acute and well-developed feel for bright and bold instrumental colour and creative texturing: If you take things at sound-face value, there's quite a feelgood aura to the album generally, notably on the bouncy sunshine-pop of Down Amongst The Living and the iron-clad stompsome beat of School Reunion, and even on the more sinister numbers like The Doomed Ship Allegory and The Clown a very Bowie-esque portrait of a paedophile.
Payback-time comes quite literally on Groomed, an examination of coercion and abuse, which comes on like a breathless cross between The Cure's Love Cats and the Hustle theme tune. A first hearing of tracks like Kafkaesque World can be distinctly overwhelming, with its potent juxtapositions lavish musical setting with smooth crooning delivery to voice the thoughts and words of a torturer.
Elsewhere, perhaps, it can be all too easy to get the feeling that Glyn is deliberately setting out to make an Impact capital "I"! Yet, just as with any situation where there's a definite brimming-over-surfeit of artistic creativity, this eventually involves an element of excess that needs trimming - or at least channelling: In addition, and in spite of the strong sense of integrity that permeates Glyn's lyrical and musical vision, I can't altogether escape a feeling that pastiche is lurking not too far away at times; and this can leave an often desperately unsettling taste.
But then again, as with much music that unsettles, to whatever degree, it's perversely compelling, and against initial expectations I've found myself both returning to a good deal of this disc and keen to explore Glyn's two previous albums.. Roy's always had a penchant for education, in the truest sense of the word.
Education should be fun, and a child's natural enjoyment of, and willing participation in music, can be both a vital element and a useful tool. And not just to prove the point, Roy has always included a short sequence of children's songs in his live sets, which have appealed every bit as much to the adults in his audience! The first children's album Roy made was Oats And Beans And Kangaroos, back in the mids, and as recently as nine years ago, the birth of his eldest granddaughter Jessica provided the impetus for the lovely Up The Wooden Hill collection.
Now Roy has produced his final oh yes!! And of course it's a totally engaging disc, attractively packaged and entirely unpatronising for a children's record doesn't have to be full of obvious childlike songs! The key lies naturally in the CD's title - Tomorrow - which is shorthand for that all-important message for his own, and indeed all, grandchildren: The final two songs - Together Tomorrow and Tomorrow Lies In The Cradle the latter penned by Fred Hellerman of the Weavers group are not only practically unknown but turn out to be particularly moving, for they point this message into our consciousness ever so delightfully and leave us thinking.
Closer to home, Molly's Garden is a thoroughly charming ditty penned by Kit Roy's daughter and Molly's mum , while The Collier Brig a favourite song of Molly's even gets an unexpected airing.
And when the kids have been captivated and are almost ready for bed, Roy tucks them up with the poetic story of My Pet Dragon by John Maguire , which is gently enhanced by atmospheric sea sounds created by that good Mr Kirkpatrick's accordion bellows! In addition to the welcomely omnipresent JK, the album's signature musical backing is provided largely by Martin Simpson, Chris Coe and Andy Seward, with contributions from Andy Cutting and David Bailey and occasional chorus vocals from the assembled Bailey clan.
Well, Roy's "retirement" CD, Coda, was actually meant to be his last recording wasn't it?! So I guess a further release was inevitable! And let me say at the outset that it finds Roy on finest possible form: Roy's renewed vigour is the stuff of legend, but I could say it's right there in the grooves of this record for you to reach out and touch Andy Seward has done a splendid job in capturing both the joy and strength of Roy's singing. And of course in his choice of songs: Pride of place this time round goes to the four stunning songs from the pen of Seattle-based Jim Page, whose effective and resonant utilisation-cum-paraphrasing of borrowings from traditional and contemporary folk songs clearly strikes a chord in Roy while also recalling the comparable skill of our own Ray Hearne.
But Roy keenly embraces the sentiments of each and every song he sings, whether it's George Papavgeris's all-encompassing and life-affirming anthem Friends Like These or Ian Campbell's epic and darkly prophetic Old Man's Tale. Here Roy also brings us a contrasted pair of fine songs by David Ferrard: Continuing Roy's own personal tradition, there's a song apiece by Si Kahn and Leon Rosselson well, the latter's Leon's setting of Charles Causley's Timothy Winters , while "actual" tradition is represented by a lovely version of The Road To Dundee and a fine rendition of Handsome Molly, on which one of Roy's backing musicians is Martin Simpson, whose own recording of the song is considered a benchmark.
Roy's other instrumental collaborators here - John Kirkpatrick, Andy Cutting, Donald Grant and Andy Seward - give of their very best, playing with spirit and commitment throughout in lovingly-contoured, full-toned yet light and sensitive arrangements. Every track is both memorable and relevant, a further demonstration of Roy's total integrity, and the whole set forms both a cause for celebration of half-a-century of bringing folk music to a wide audience and yet another high point in Roy's illustrious career.
David Kidman May These are affectionate, genial, commendably polished and admirably conservative though not especially sedate renditions which make a virtue out of their intrinsic Irish character and its lovable honesty. Hereby refreshingly stripped of the customary layers of ages of grimy pub, club and showband sentimentality, these renditions of the songs that represent the Irish psyche together form a classy, and in the end likeable enough, tourist's-ear-view of popular Irish song, I'd say.
Some of us have been waiting eagerly for this landmark documentary film to be made available for home consumption! This film was a natural follow-on from the Channel 4 series Down Home, and later paved the way for key collaborations in the Transatlantic Sessions series. This celebration of cajun music and culture includes plenty of footage of musicians in their home environment, often in the same room as groups of dancers, and a tremendous feel of intense enjoyment permeates every second.
Other, arguably lesser-known artists appearing include charismatic fiddler Harry LaFleur, vibrant singer D. Menard with his Louisiana Aces and champion of progressive cajun, Wayne Toups; and Aly can be seen adding his trois sous to the musical gumbo by joining in enthusiastically at every session opportunity!
This minute film is over way too soon, and fair exudes joie de vivre par excellence! As does the accompanying CD, which contains 16 full-length music tracks from the film's featured artists 9 of the cuts also involve Bain himself. These are presented in the same order as they occur on the documentary, although the audio CD omits two additional song performances the rockin' Zydecajun Train by Wayne Toups and Raywood by Queen Ida respectively which are exclusive to the DVD and otherwise would've conveniently slotted in after track 11 and before track 15 total playing-time of the CD would easily have permitted their inclusion.
A natural title for these master musicians' sixth joint album for the label, the release celebrates 25 years of touring together. Inevitably it's a further sparkling illustration of everything they do best, and as such not an easy album to review without indulging in the well-worn superlatives. Equally inevitably though, any fan of these guys' fabulous musicianship will need a copy of this self-recommending record.
It's probably invidious to single out individual tracks for special praise, since the duo are proven masters of so many different forms and styles of traditional music, and it's probably fair to say that I enjoyed specific tracks in specific moods.
But, if pushed, I'd recommend first the stirring opening set of Irish slides that lights my candle every time, not least due to the extra buzz generated by McGoldrick's uilleann pipes. The fiddle-led set of wedding reels track 8 packs a hefty drive yet with a lightness of touch, while there's an irresistible authentic ceilidh-band feel to the bouncy pipe-marches of the final track that won't fail to get your feet tapping.
Of the slower-paced tracks that are sensibly interspersed amongst the uptempo selections, the Rev. William Macleod's fine air Sitting In The Stern Of A Boat is the highlight for me, although the sequence also includes three gorgeous waltzes that prove perfect showcases for the musicians' inborn expressive elan. Two abundantly fine musicians still at the top of their game after a quarter of a century - and showing no signs of decline whatsoever.
Now in his 40th year as a professional musician, Aly's one of those folks who's always been right there in the forefront of Scottish traditional music: So in many respects, the time is now ripe for a suitably comprehensive overview of Aly's career to date. And barring a Free Reed box-set, a goodly series of "best-of" discs should be the next best thing. So here's volume 1 the title I hope being a genuine indicator of Whirlie's future plans , with 16 tracks carefully chosen by Aly himself.
Although it's not sequenced strictly chronologically, the disc does begin sensibly with a typical set of reels from Aly's very first solo CD, recorded in Lerwick back in , with Aly's dashing bow-strokes equally dashingly accompanied by the wonderfully sympathetic piano of Violet Tulloch and the guitar of Willie Johnson. And from even earlier, there's a track from The Silver Bow, the mid-seventies Topic disc with Tom Anderson which did so much to bring Shetland music into public consciousness after years of commercial obscurity.
Elsewhere, the disc travels around much like the itinerant Aly himself! As an instance of this, we need look no further than the legendary Transatlantic Sessions projects, of course, and a sparkling Waiting For The Federals from Series 2 is included here; but then not everyone knows that the even more legendary Channel 4 series Down Home was TS's precursor, and this disc includes no fewer than four brilliant tracks from the recording sessions for the series hopefully as a taster for the release of the whole shebang on disc soon, please!
Hearing Aly firing away in the company of illustrious fiddlers from anywhere on the planet is always one of the deepest joys that can be experienced, and for me the "session" could go on all night and into the next week and I'd still want more!
Then, to balance these euphoric moments, the disc presents several of the thoughtfully considered slower compositions and arrangements in which Aly has also always excelled. Finally, no Aly Bain collection would be complete without one of his many recordings of the traditional Shetland air Da Day Dawn, and he's chosen one of the very finest, the one with the BT Scottish Ensemble.
This is a cannily sequenced minute collection that's pretty comprehensive in its own right and works well as an independent listening programme, but on the other hand it can't help but leave me with that niggling feeling of incompleteness.
Because I just know there's so much more out there in Aly's impressively exhaustive discography, and many of the original albums aren't all that readily or any longer available. I suppose it's rather like the tip of an enormous iceberg floating in the ocean between Orkney and mainland Scotland, the catch being that the majority of the rest of that ice-floe may well be destined to remain beneath the surface. OK maybe I'm being needlessly pessimistic here - let's hope I'm proved wrong, and there now ensues a veritable flood of Aly Bain reissues!
Baird quit to go solo in but after the first two albums, Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired and Buffalo Nickel, his career's been somewhat patchy. Hodges now onboard, this marks something of a return to form. There's no envelope pushing going on, but what you do get is solid, beer-swilling, swaggering Southern country rock n roll with cranked up ringing guitars, rolling riff-packed melodies, throaty twang vocals and air punching choruses. It won't change your life, but pour a cold one and crank the likes of Lazy Monday and Runnin' Outta Time up loud, and it could well make your evening.
This is an unusual record by any standards. It can be considered doubly unusual, in fact, since Eddie's normally been responsible for the more spaciously arranged Blondel pieces - although it's not widely known that Eddie's been pursuing a parallel solo recording career for the past ten years he's released four solo CDs including a compilation, but none have been nationally distributed.
The first four songs on this disc are simply-conceived outings, initially displaying a quite jazzy demeanour, recorded close-up and live in front of an appreciative small club crowd by the sound of it. Best of this quartet are the gently reflective Memory Lane and the distinctly Tilstonesque Tramp. Listeners coming new to Eddie's work will wonder, on the strength of these songs, why wider commercial success continues to elude Eddie.
Songs like Compromised and Funny Old Life carry a laconic laid-back feel comparable to classic John Martyn, and Almost Gone has a canny grasp of delicate melody-line that recalls Clive Gregson. Eddie's individual voice is exposed well on this brief set, ditto his deft guitar work, a talent which should be more widely appreciated too.
Dear Companion is a lovely, intimate album sung and arranged by nu-folk outfit Espers' vocalist and songwriter Meg Baird: The genesis of the actual project came in an invitation to create a solo release for Philadelphia's Tequila Sunrise label, out of which nothing but a 7" single appeared and the entire LP - recorded in spare moments during the sessions for Espers II - was never made available at the time It's typically minimalist in terms of backing just Meg's own guitar or Appalachian dulcimer in the main , and Meg's clear-toned singing has never sounded more truthful and beautiful - of that I'm convinced - for she gives her all in terms of passion and conviction in "doing a really good job" of communicating these songs which evidently mean so much to her personally.
Forced to pick some highlights: Add to that an enchanting version of Sweet William And Fair Ellen, an attractive, rippling waltz-time rendition of Willie O' Winsbury and yes, it works! The final track is a gorgeous acappella rendition of the text of the opening title song as learnt from the singing of Sheila Kay Adams , bringing the experience deliciously full-circle.
This record is seriously sublime, and should if there were any justice be embraced wholeheartedly by the folk community as well as by Meg's Espers fanbase. It may be Meg's debut solo album, but I do so hope it's not her last. Baka Beyond is the seminal world-music fusion outfit founded by Martin Cradick and Su Hart, which started out on its global music exchange some 10 years ago; Rhythm Tree can be seen as the culmination of their work to date, even though after all this time we're in danger of losing the power to surprise from the juxtaposition of seemingly unlikely musico-cultural bedfellows.
The recurring constant context in which the various musics are brought together is the music of the Baka Pygmies of south-east Cameroon - hence the group name. The Baka tribe, who are masters of dance, bring an amazingly energetic spectacle to the BB live act, yet much of the uplifting quality and sheer exuberance of that collaboration also comes through on a purely audio level through the performances of the core eight-piece band you hear on this CD, notwithstanding its inevitable lack of visual distraction which as a bonus allows for greater concentration on the subtleties of the musical mix.
Here, the heady brew of Celtic, Gaelic and West African musics is so persuasive that you often have to listen really carefully to separate the strands, and in this respect I'm convinced this is the Baka's most successful marriage to date. Musically, Rhythm Tree is a landmark in cohesive exploration of different musical cultures.
I love the way in which the musical framework shifts continually withjn individual tracks, while at the same time I can appreciate the impact of specific textural or thematic elements which inform and characterise these tracks eg Su Hart's rendition of the Gaelic waulking song which forms the basis for Sad Among Strangers, the and Paddy Le Mercier's weaving violin arabesques on several of the tracks.
The Baka tribe's contributions to the album were recorded "in-house" either "in the field" or at the Music House, the purpose-built recording studio in the tribe's village funds for which were raised by the band. One minor point, though, is that I'm not altogether convinced of the need to constantly reinforce the listener's sense of place quite so many times by interpolating natural sounds from the Baka rainforest, supremely evocative though the ululating quasi-yodel of the singer's Call Of The Forest which frames the rest of the album undeniably is.
Richard "Duck" Baker is on the face of it a musician of contradictions: His expertise extends right across the fretboard of musical genres, and over the course of his year recording career so far he's made a frightening number of solo albums, encompassing not only jazz and swing, but old-time and free improv, Irish and Scottish folk tunes, and O'Carolan to Christmas carols.
Not to mention guitar instruction videos, and heaps of music criticism, and duo albums with all manner of respected musos from experimentalists John Zorn and Henry Kaiser through to fiddler Kieran Fahy and traditional singer Molly Andrews.
So you'll gather that Duck's latest recording is eagerly welcomed in this house. It's a project which has "been in the works for years", sort of evolving from a response to something people have been demanding for a while: And that's just the impeccably played, yet far from soulless, solo items on the disc, the remaining half of which is given over to some sparkling duet performances.
It's probably a very old joke by now, but if you don't respond to Duck's brilliant playing then hey, you must be "quackers"! Its title is a clever wordplay on the well-known Dominic Behan song The Patriot Game suggested principally by the equally well-known tendency of musicians to carry their tunes to foreign shores.
Its equally underselling subtitle T raditional Irish And American Music simultaneously reflects the performers and the repertoire. Should you need a quick pen-picture: American-born, London-based Duck is nothing less than a definitive premier-league fingerstyle guitarist, whereas both Ben and Maggie were born to families who emigrated to England Ben's father's that celebrated old-timer Tom Paley, and Maggie was reared in the musically vibrant London-Irish community of the 60s and 70s.
Ben's a fabulous young fiddle player who readily immerses himself in activities as diverse as Scandinavian music, revivalist oldtime with his father in the New Deal String Band and the vibrant acoustic thrash of McDermotts 2 Hours and the Levellers. And last but definitely not least, Maggie's a damnably fine flute player as well as quite simply one of the loveliest singers in the entire world.
Further connectivity is assured when you realise that Duck, shortly after moving to London in the late 70s, had been responsible for introducing Maggie to Steve Tilston, sparking off one of the most wonderful collaborative partnerships of the British folk scene from the late 80s through to the mids. So trust me, the aforementioned three musicians working together give us something truly special on this CD. Their empathy is remarkable; rarely do you hear such miraculous attunement between performers of ostensibly disparate musical disciplines or experience though anyone with a deeper knowledge of the musics concerned would argue that qualification in any case.
It's a heavenly partnership, which first trod the boards of a select few local West Yorkshire venues a mere 15 months or so back if my memory serves me rightly , and just had to spawn a studio recording! They clearly have a real good time making their music too, as you'll see from the joyously nonchalant cover photo, and in their music-making much play is made with the tension between the Irish and American senses of rhythm.
A specially noteworthy feature of the performances, though, is the way in which the extraordinary talents of each of the three musicians as individuals, normally utilised in a solo situation, are adapted so very naturally to the group situation. Duck's essentially soloistic approach, his tremendous facility for playing both melody and either countermelody or bass line, is given full rein in this unusual context of his arrangements of the tunes on this CD.
And Maggie's use of the Irish flute on indigenous American old-time tunes is somewhat of a? Ben's Swedish-style harmony playing on the well-travelled The Blackbird is an unusual but effective touch, while his intense accompaniment of Maggie's excellent rendition of A Youth Inclined To Ramble is a CD highlight.
This is one of just five vocal items on this CD happily, no fewer than four of these are Maggie's, yet the fifth, Rye Whisky , brings Duck out front on an all-too-rare excursion to the vocal mike. The faster tunes trip by abnormally lightly and fleet-footed - pieces like Poll Ha'penny which many of us first encountered as the final leg-slapping tune of the original Fairport Dirty Linen set and the closing banjo tune Robinson County are both vital and sprightly - while on the other hand the slower well, more measured!
Finally a word of praise for the booklet, which manages to convey a lot of information on the tunes and songs and the performers' sources in a succinct and readable manner together with supplying the full song texts used. The recording, a homespun production by Mike Hockenhull, faithfully reflects both a deep feel for the music and a deep knowledge of, and trust in, the musicians and their capabilities.
An exemplary release this, everywhere exuding a loving attention to detail alongside the equally exemplary musicianship. Do track it down, you'll not regret it. This is a long-overdue reissue of an important Tradition LP which presented field recordings, made in , of the playing of Etta Baker and other talented musicians of the Southern Appalachians who had never previously been recorded.
Obscure they may have seemed, but uncommonly fiery is the playing, with a raw edge and unbridled vitality for whom the word "enthusiasm" might have been coined. Since those heady days, when even specialist folkies hadn't heard anything like these musicians, other recordings have surfaced featuring fiddler Hobart Smith notably those made for the Library Of Congress where he backed his sister, singer Texas Gladden , but the rest of the musicians on this collection have remained little more than names on a discography, although the influence of their playing has pervaded that of countless aspiring traditional-style guitarists, banjo players and Appalachian dulcimer exponents ever since.
Even at a temporal remove of over 50 years, you can't fail to be moved by the tremendous power of many of the performances collected here, especially the fiddle tracks.
And as well as fiddling vigorously, Hobart Smith also contributed one track on which he removed all the frets from a borrowed banjo before playing! The rest of the musicians were all recorded in their native North Carolina, and are drawn from the family and friends of guitarist Etta Baker; they play timeless popular tunes from the tradition such as Cripple Creek, Soldier's Joy and Shady Grove as well as a few less well-known pieces.
Etta's rendition of John Henry played with a jackknife blade! I also enjoyed Richard Chase's harmonica tunes for their cheery quality and his insistence on carrying the melody along rather than forcing you to listen instead to his technique.
The sound quality of the disc is raw and forward, primitive by today's standards naturally, and some of the guitar pieces are rather clangy, but it's all still perfectly listenable. In fact, a very enjoyable disc that's also of considerable historical and heritage interest.
Full liner notes are reproduced, as always with the Tradition reissues. Pretty much essential I'd say. Etta Baker is the grand old lady of the blues and I'm sure she won't mind me saying that she is 91 years of age. She has influenced many a guitarist and Taj Mahal has said that she is the greatest single influence on his guitar style. This album of songs recorded between and shows that she is a force to be reckoned with. There are two parts to the recording, the 'now' section which covers the first 11 songs and the 'then' section covering the final 7.
Opening with 5 songs accompanied by Taj Mahal, Etta introduces us to her gentle style on the oft covered John Henry, the beautifully played Crow Jane, the wonder that is Going Down The Road Feeling Bad, the first self-penned track Madison Street Blues on which she airs her electric guitar and outshines guitarists half her age and the country blues of Railroad Bill.
She picks up the banjo for Cripple Creek, and this is a foot-tapper, and then continues the country theme on Johnson Boys. Going To The Race Track, a gentle acoustic blues, starts off a run of three songs and a poem featuring Etta on her own.
Her dexterity is so astounding on Lost John that you will swear that you are listening to the playing of someone far younger. Dew Drop is slower than most of the others but you can just imagine the drops of water falling from the spring flowers. Mark, referred to as 'old man Wilson' by most, always scored top marks in all areas of his training.
He knew that if he didn't excel above the others, he would take a verbal beating by all his younger comrades. He was a qualified gunner and driver. During the following weeks and months, he and his unit were fully involved in Operation Medusa. This operation has been quoted as being some of Canada's fiercest and bloodiest battles since the Korean War. Mark was said to be fearless by his fellow comrades, and always volunteered for any duties needed.
His vehicle was hit by an IED and Mark was killed instantly. No other injuries were reported. Mark loved his job in the military. He fully believed in our mission in Afghanistan, and if he could, he would do it all over again. Mark was 39 years old, weeks away from his 40th birthday. He was Canada's 40th Casualty. Little did he realize that Remembrance Day was to become a central focus in the lives of his own family.
As the father of a fallen soldier, I can say that remembering Mark and all the fallen, has been so important to us and to the families of the fallen. Proudly, I can say that the citizens of Canada have been wonderful. The 30 minute album is filled with 13 new tunes produced by multi-platinum selling David Pomeranz and co- written by Gifford, inspired by the timeless story. The project stems from a life-changing trip Gifford took to Israel with her husband, legendary football player and sports commentator, Frank Gifford, before he passed in Brendan is a pastor in a small, evangelical church, and he has a secret.
He doesn't believe in God anymore. His wife is still a true believer - and she just told the wrong person. Losing Our Religion is a feature length documentary about preachers who are not believers, and what atheists do when they miss church.
Allowed access to the members of The Clergy Project — a safe haven for preachers from all faiths who no longer believe — the documentary follows ex-members and clergy who are still undercover. They are not just losing their religion, for many they are losing their friends, community and even family. As well as their job. As events unfold that change lives forever, their stories also connect with secular communities that are growing in surprising places.
New groups are experimenting in ways to have church without god, and asking the same question as unbelieving clergy - "what's next? A former megachurch pastor leaves religion behind to rid himself of the exclusivity created by its dogmas and open himself up to learn from the lives, stories, and experiences of everyone else. When asked what I was doing up there I responded, "Talking to Jesus. Was it real to me? Is it still real to me now? Yes, although I sometimes doubt just about as much as anybody.
After a failed baseball career, I went to college and got BAs in both Theology and Christian Leadership, and then spent almost two decades leading inside religious corporations. During which time I suffered renal failure, spent two years as a dialysis patient, then became a recipient of a transplanted kidney from a dear friend.
After almost dying, I began to center my focus on the teachings and life of Jesus which quickly led me to become disillusioned with American Institutional Christianity.
With this new found distaste for institutional religion, desire to live like misfit Jesus, a passion for living within mixed community, and genuine life with those who believe differently than me. I gave up my lucrative American Mega-Church Pastorship in an attempt to try to live the rest of my life how I see Jesus living his life in the scriptures.
Not in church buildings, but streets. Not giving monological sermons, but instead living life in relationship and discussion with others. So far I've learned that my worldview was stifled, not by my faith in Christ, but by the dogma and business model of the American institutional church. I have since begun to see "God" at work everywhere.
The Chapman family began with four employees and two trucks, and moved into the cramped and primitive rooms above an old creamery in town. In , Chapman's opened a distribution center in New Brunswick to better serve its customers in Atlantic Canada. Although Chapman's Ice Cream has grown substantially, it is still firmly rooted in the community and deeply loyal to its employees.
The distribution centre in Ontario covers about , square feet and can house over 6 million units of product, which gets delivered right across Canada on over 50 trucks. At 10 am on September 4th , someone noticed smoke coming out of one of the buildings.
By mid-afternoon, the fire was almost under control when the Municipality of Grey Highlands undersized water tower ran dry. At 5 pm the Chapman family withdrew to their family home outside of Markdale, after witnessing 36 years of hard work go up in smoke. But within an hour of getting home, the family made the quick decision to rebuild their business.
Worried about the local economy, and their employees who make up the extended Chapman family, the Chapman's refused to go down without a fight! Shortly after this, the entire management team gathered around David and Penny's dining room table and started planning the rebuild. In the ensuing months, the community and Chapman's worked tirelessly to build their new manufacturing facility, appropriately named Phoenix.
Within a year and a half from the fire, they had rebuilt bigger and better than ever! Today, Chapman's is Canada's largest independent ice cream company. Hollywood men have been treating others like sexual objects? I think I saw that in a movie. Whose hypocrisy is worse? The perpetrators or the consumers? In recent speech said, Change red part to: In a recent speech, Gov.
Payette said, "Can you believe that still today in learned society, in houses of government, unfortunately, we're still debating and still questioning whether humans have a role in the Earth warming up or whether even the Earth is warming up, period.
And we are still debating and still questioning whether life was a divine intervention or whether it was coming out of a natural process let alone, oh my goodness, a random process.
And so many people — I'm sure you know many of them — still believe, want to believe, that maybe taking a sugar pill will cure cancer, if you will it! And every single one of the people here's personalities can be determined by looking at planets coming in front of invented constellations. This vocal trio has been producing music together for over a decade, with their first CD, Christmas Feelings, released back in The Ault Sisters most recent project consists of a foray into the world of television.
To date five episodes have been filmed and the show is currently airing on VisionTV. Timeless has also received radio play on various radio stations across Canada, and on over 50 radio and internet stations in the US, including 6 Billboard stations.
Almost as impressive, at his own shows, is his self-deprecating charm and wit onstage, entrancing and comforting audiences of all kinds — with the occasional slice of dark humour thrown in, just for fun. Not to mention his infectious, extremely lively energy. For over thirty years, Christopher has traveled the world extensively investigating and researching thousands of cases dealing with every type of phenomena imaginable, including; haunts and poltergeists, possessions and exorcisms, psychic phenomena and altered states of consciousness i.
He has additionally participated on countless international expeditions involving ancient mysticism, the occult and archaeological discoveries relating to the supernatural.
He is also a former member of the following scientific organizations: He continues to internationally consult for private organizations, religious and academic institutions, government agencies and corporations in dealing with phenomena and situations that often defy the known laws of nature and physics. Because of his incomparable reputation, extensive knowledge and extraordinary first-hand experiences, Christopher has been featured on countless popular TV and radio programs worldwide.
Among the many TV appearances, include: Chronicles of the Paranormal. This was the first time that a major recording company sold a UFO-related product via a TV infomercial. During production of his UFO album, Speigel and numerous law enforcement officers were involved in a historic UFO close encounter in North Carolina, which became the first well documented, multiple witness, triangular shaped UFO incident in America.
With a strong intent to bring the UFO subject to a global audience, in , Speigel became the only person in history to produce a milestone UFO presentation at the United Nations. This program, co-hosted by SETI founder, astronomer Frank Drake, focused on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Beverly grew up with the chest, but she had not seen it for 40 years when she was invited to Las Vegas for an interview on the Travel Channel show, "Deadly Possessions," hosted by Zak Bagans of "Ghost Adventures.
Beverly appeared with the actual cursed chest now at the Kentucky Historical Society that brought death to the maker, members of Beverly's family, and the woman who removed the curse. This delightful book contains never before published photos, poems, drawings, and letters. From childhood to adulthood, Virginia demonstrated the same keen spirit, as she recorded acute and humorous observations of humankind and bore witness to her steadfast faith.
Unfinished Business was published by Beverly in , a essay by her grandmother that she discovered among her mother's many papers. Readers will delight in more of Virginia's hilarious escapades. The Glen Tavern Inn Their client and the hotel's manager Rosanna confides in Steve that although she has experienced several chilling paranormal encounters, she feels responsible for the property she has poured so much of her time and effort into.
Her family feels strongly that the hotel has become a negative force dividing them. And now that guests frequently complain about the hotel being disturbingly haunted, DiSchiavi and Allan are called in to help. During their separate harrowing investigations, DiSchiavi discovers that Santa Paula was the site of a terrible disaster causing the deaths of five hundred individuals, and that the property was the site of a cold-blooded murder as well as a tragic suicide.
Meanwhile, on her intense walk through of the hotel, Allan encounters a sinister shadow figure that derives pleasure from killing women, and sees a fire that nearly consumed the building.
When DiSchiavi and Allan reveal their chilling findings to the clients, Allan urges the family to take extreme steps to protect themselves and hopefully usher the dangerous dead from their beleaguered business.
Loyd Auerbach has been in the field of parapsychology for close to 40 years, focusing on parapsychological education and field investigation. April saw the publication of the revised edition of his book, Psychic Dreaming, and in July the re-release of his classic, Mind Over Matter.
May who ran the US program , Dr. Join us as Da Bomb gives us Da Truth about the latest acts of terrorism. He is also known for playing Gary Matheson in the television series " He also starred in the film "Ladder 49,"alongside Joaquin Phoenix. Following his feature film debut in the independent movie, "Daredreamer," the actor moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and singing.
Jack Harriman Billy Burke has seen it all. Forces both natural and supernatural lead Jack on a journey to discover his own spiritual truth, culminating in a final showdown with Guy Roy.
With more money than they could ever possibly need, Ron and Debbie Hall have everything they could ever want … except for a loving marriage. But when her request includes serving the homeless at an inner-city rescue mission, Ron would prefer to write a large check instead.
Guided by her faith and spurred on by the dream of a homeless man she senses will change their city, Debbie befriends a disenfranchised man named Denver. More surprisingly, so does Ron. Despite vast differences, their lives begin to intersect and they all are changed … forever. Damian Bradfield first joined WeTransfer as Chief Strategic Officer in and with over 40 million active users transferring more than a billion files every month, he played a pivotal part in making it the leading, much-loved creative brand it is today.
Bradfield is passionate about promoting the value of building long-term, trusting relationships in business and beyond, amidst a landscape where data mining and manipulation are the norm and he speaks globally on this topic.
Join Humble and Fred for a night of comedy featuring headliner Glen Foster. There will also be an amateur set starring Humble and Fred fan Fred Ball. All money raised will be donated to a school in Georgetown which supports a healthy snack program and is in need of some new books and musical instruments.
It's the school of Fred's grandson, Johnny Slapshot. Since then Avery has appeared in commercials, radio ads, and even for a Disney animated television series, lending her voice to one of the lead characters. That experience led to a number of professional stage productions across Canada. Her passion for singing quickly grew from that, and has led to an impressive list of career accomplishments on her musical resume.
She has earned audience acclaim, critical kudos and peer respect as a vocalist of rare talent, and has recently entered into an exciting new chapter in her developing success story, as a songwriter. I think of it as a really nice blend of different styles and genres. Some of those performances have been as the featured vocalist with the Jazz.
FM91 Youth Big Band. October 14, LIVE! Her debut album, Time To Breathe has already hit 1 on the Country charts and 2 over all genres at iTunes! The new album is brewing a buzz about Dani, who is blazing her trail as an independent artist in both Canada and south of the border as well. Not only is Dani an exceptional songwriter, but she is also a captivating performer with incredible depth and charm. Feeding off of her audience she can win over any room with her brilliant wit and clever humour or simply dominate the stage with an absolutely haunting execution of one of her emotional pieces.
It has not been a short and paved road to where she is now. When not working in television, Eddie is an active church musician and mentors scores of high school musicians.
He has been a musician for over 40 years, beginning as a church musician at the age of For all the ways we live unawakened lives, the Enneagram is here to help. Far more than a personality test, author Chris Heuertz writes, the enneagram is a sacred map to the soul. Lies about who we think we are keep us trapped in loops of self-defeat. But the enneagram offers a bright path to cutting through the internal clutter and finding our way back to God and to our true identity as God created us.
Today, he leads enneagram workshops all over the world. Join Chris as he shows you how this ancient tool can help you awaken to the gifts God has given you, find freedom from your personal patterns of sin and fear, and grow in acceptance of your identity as you grow with God. Teen rebellion is seen as a cultural norm, but Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach begs to differ. Rather than provide step-by-step instructions on how to construct the perfect family, Lindenbach tells her own story and the stories of others as examples of what went right, inviting readers to think differently about parenting.
In , Chantal was appointed by the Minister of Justice to serve on the Federal Court Rules Committee, and was reappointed for a further term in She is the current Chair of the Board of Homes First Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing supportive housing in Toronto for severely marginalized individuals with the fewest housing options. Jerome spent two decades of his journalistic career as a foreign correspondent. He covered armed conflicts in Bosnia and Yemen, war crimes trials in The Hague, and the Madrid train bombings in Spain.
Jerome holds a B. It was John's unique portrayal of the wry and witty Peterman that led to dozens of advertising campaigns for companies earning him multiple advertising and marketing industry awards. Between baking bread and eating baklava, she meets and mentors a ten-year-old girl who is determined - against all odds - to become the next golf sensation. Along the way, Zoe rediscovers her Greek heritage, her love of the game, and the hidden strength within herself as she inspires the townspeople in an epic showdown against a greedy American developer.
In he followed his family who had emigrated to the United States. Robinson and Paul Tillich. After twelve years of monastic training and studies in philosophy and theology, Brother David was sent by his abbot to participate in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, for which he received Vatican approval in He co-founded the Center for Spiritual Studies in and received the Martin Buber Award for his achievements in building bridges between religious traditions.
Together with Thomas Merton, Brother David helped launch a renewal of religious life. From on, he became a leading figure in the House of Prayer movement, which affected some , members of religious orders in the United States and Canada.
His wide spectrum of audiences has included starving students in Zaire and faculty at Harvard and Columbia Universities, Buddhist monks and Sufi retreatants, Papago Indians and German intellectuals, New Age communes and Naval Cadets at Annapolis, missionaries on Polynesian islands and gatherings at the United Nations, Green Berets and participants at international peace conferences. His books have been translated into many languages. Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer and A Listening Heart have been reprinted and anthologized for more than two decades.
Brother David co-authored Belonging to the Universe winner of the American Book Award , a dialogue on new paradigm thinking in science and theology with physicist, Fritjof Capra. Spirituality for our Times. David Mainse, who passed away on September 25, at 81 years old after a five-year battle with MDS leukemia.
Which is why he had him as a guest on the show a couple of times, including his last conversation with Drew on October 10th Then, with a marketing budget of a few hundred dollars, eventually the book sold over a million copies within a year, out of his garage. Today, The Shack has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Here he shares twenty-eight commonly uttered and sometimes seemingly innocuous things we say about God.
Paul exposes these as lies that keep us from having a full, loving relationship with our Creator. Greg Zanis has made over 20, crosses at places like Columbine, Sandy Hook, Las Vegas and the Orlando night club shootings, just as a quiet way to help families grieve.
According to Greg, the crosses are simply 'an act of kindness. Today, Greg told us a little bit more about why he does what he does. Ken Whiteley is a Canadian roots music legend.
His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children's music. He has also been nominated for 7 Juno awards and 16 Maple Blues Awards. Brunch from 1pm with Music from 2pm. September 30, Special Guests Russ Hudson — President of The Enneagram Institute The Enneagram Institute, formed in by the late Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, was formed to further research and development of the Enneagram, one of the most powerful and insightful tools for understanding ourselves and others.
At its core, the Enneagram helps us to see ourselves at a deeper, more objective level and can be of invaluable assistance on our path to self-knowledge. The Enneagram Institute is currently engaged in presenting and sponsoring workshops and training's devoted to the many unique aspects of the Enneagram and their relationships to human nature. Russ Hudson is one of the principal scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today.
He has been co-teaching the Enneagram Professional Training Programs since , and is a founding director and former vice-president of the International Enneagram Association. Russ also assisted Don Riso in writing Enneagram Transformations.
Russ used to be a musician, playing guitar and vocals in rock music cover bands. These days he co-leads annual trips to Egypt to continue to pursue and explore the ancient roots of the Enneagram. Imagined as a sequel to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, The Last Testament features visual accounts and stories of seven men around the world who claim to be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Building on biblical form and structure, chapters dedicated to each Jesus include excerpts of their scriptural testaments, laying out their theology and demands on mankind in their own words.
Jonas Bendiksen takes at face value that each one is the true Messiah returned to Earth, to forge an account that is a work of apocalyptic journalism and compelling artistic imagination. He has been a member of Magnum Photos since The first two limbs of the eight-fold path of yoga sutras—the basic text for classical yoga—are examined in this spiritual guide to the practice of yoga.
Foundational to all yogic thought, they are considered to be the guidelines to the yoga way of living that free individuals to take ownership of their lives, direct them toward the fulfillment they seek, and gain the skills to choose attitude, thought, and action.
The first five guidelines are referred to as the yamas—a Sanskrit word that translates to "restraints"—and encompass non violence, truthfulness, not stealing, non excess, and non possessiveness. The last five are referred to as the niyamas, or observances—purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender. A self-study section at the end of each chapter may also be used by instructors for group discussion.
She is also trained as a Gestalt practitioner and a Somatics educator. For over 14 years, Deborah brought her combined knowledge of business and her in-depth knowledge of yoga philosophy to build Yoga North, a now thriving international yoga center. The world is a stressful place. For millions of pet owners, the unconditional love and companionship of dogs offers an escape from daily worries. When he found himself experiencing chronic worry because his television production company was facing financial doom, Baker began withdrawing from his family and struggling with symptoms of a deep depression.
Stop and observe a dog Baker is a musician, published author, and public speaker who is very active in his church.
He has four children, three rescue dogs including Mango , a rescue cat and a fish. For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park.
From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to groves of eucalyptus in California, Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, mood, health, and creativity. Delving into completely new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.
Birds of Bellwoods are known for their lyrical storytelling, lush harmonies, and tight musicianship. Birds of Bellwoods are back in studio!
David Mainse passed away on September 25, at 81 years old after a five-year battle with MDS leukemia. September 23, LIVE! So, her father encouraged her to write her own material and learn to play the guitar. An award-winning songwriter himself, he gave her invaluable insight into the process. She missed three months of school, and couldn't sing properly for about a year. She networked at music conferences, which led to a quick, two-song performance for Dave Marsh in a stairwell in Memphis, following the release of her second album, Forget Me Not.
There's not much that impresses me these days but after hearing her available tracks, I can honestly say she's the single most exciting artist I've heard in a long time. Gillis gained Canadian national attention via her recordings and live performances. Reverend Lim was detained by North Korean officials in February , while he was on a humanitarian mission on behalf of the the church he leads here in Canada.
Light Korean Presbyterian Church Rev. Lim had previously made more than trips to North Korea establishing a nursery, orphanage, and a nursing home in the northeastern city of Rajin. Originally sentenced to death, his punishment was then changed to hard labour for life. Lim was the only prisoner in a labor camp where he dug holes for eight hours a day. He was North Korea's longest-held western prisoner in decades. On August 9th, , after two and a half years in captivity, Rev.
She runs Acts of Faith, a mix of news and commentary on anything to do with religion and co-founded Her. Previously, she was a national correspondent for Religion News Service, covering how faith intersections with politics, entertainment, technology and other beats. Sarah also spent four years as online editor for Christianity Today, where she covered news, politics and helped oversee and write for blogs and social networking.
His research and professional work are focused on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors, with a concentration on al-Qaeda and other jihadist organizations. He also frequently conducts field research in relevant regions, including North Africa, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. In addition to his academic work, Gartenstein-Ross consults for clients who need to understand violent non-state actors and twenty-first century conflict.
His client work has included live hostage negotiations in the Middle East, risk assessments for oil and gas companies, border security work in Europe, and story and series development for major media companies.
He also regularly lectures for the U. Gartenstein-Ross can conduct research in five languages. The Architecture of Belief. Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife. August 12, A few people whose lives have forever been changed because of The Camino de Santiago, the year old pilgrimage from France across Spain. So join me as I talk with: August 5, In this week's show we talk to a few people whose lives were strongly impacted by the bestselling book The Shack , because after having to deal with a horrible tragedy, they each had to take a journey to their own shack.
Today, Kerri will be joined by fellow comedian Bob Smiley as they discuss life after divorce. Kerri Pomarolli is an American stand up comedian, actress and author based in Los Angeles. She's also toured in many musical productions including" Leader of the Pack" in New York with leading role of Darlene Love. She has published 4 books.
When he arrived, his only competition was a grown man wearing an oversized sombrero… so… he won the money and the tender hearts of his fellow students. The rest is history. Since that incredibly average performance, Roberto shortened his name and started a caffeine-induced tour spreading laughter and gaiety to the masses. He was forced to match their manic energy and soon developed a machine gun approach to comedy.
And he absolutely loves his job, no matter how many times his father challenges its legitimacy as a career choice. But what about the rest of us? What about those that got married and life turned out unexpectedly?
But, most churches are not serving this staggeringly growing population. Bob Smiley and Kerri Pomarolli bring you a thoughtful, insightful and funny night for singles at every life-stage.
From comedy to break out sessions, audience participation, and heartfelt stories, these two both know the struggles of being single. She is also a national touring, headlining, and out of the closet "Christian" in Hollywood. Together, they present a one-night comedy event that will have a lasting impact for your community.
This event aims to minister through laughter and complete unabashed honesty. It's a 3-hour, interactive experience. In Strange Journey , two spiritual misfits recount their wanderings and the longing for home that led them back to the church. Beginning in Advent, the authors progress through the liturgical year—and many years of their own lives. A Spiritual Friendship in Letters.
She travels the country to speak about art and faith. He co-founded Sick Pilgrim with with Jessica Mesman Griffith as a way to explore the edge of faith, reason and doubt. Along with the online community, they started the Wonder Podcast. He is the author of a series of paranormal thrillers that includes 3 Gates of the Dead and Dark Bride.
Ryan has written for Christianity Today, U. He speaks frequently on writing, faith, and religion. Every week, Mel chats with incredible people who share their personal stories through tragedy and triumph. After a decade of service, Michelle is moving on to greener pastures at the end of our 14th season. So Drew has finally decided to allow her to be a guest on the show. Make sure you tune in to what will most likely be a no holds barred conversation about her time working with DREW!
And how much therapy she is going to need now. So during the first hour of each show in July, he'll live out one of his childhood dreams and play DJ — spinning tracks and showing off how talented these artists really are! Manya Brachear Pashman joined the Tribune in June Brachear Pashman earned a bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University and masters degrees in journalism and religious studies from Columbia University.
Call in and let us know what you liked or disliked and what you want to hear more of or less of during Season A much sought-after speaker, counsellor and clear voice that bridges across all religions, she is also a best-selling author of more than 50 books, hundreds of articles, an online column for the National Catholic Reporter, and a blog for the the Huffington Post. She has received numerous writing awards and honours for her work, and is a noted international lecturer as well as a former fellow at St.
She is one of the most popular and requested speakers at the iconic Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York State. Joan Chittister currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders.
She served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an organization of the leaders of Catholic religious women in the US, president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses, and was prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for 12 years. She received her doctorate in speech communications from Penn State University, the primary site of her archive collection.
She is executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research centre for contemporary spirituality and the founder and animator of Monasteries of the Heart, a web-based movement sharing Benedictine spirituality with contemporary seekers.
Terry founded the Relational Life Institute RLI , offering workshops for couples, individuals and parents around the country along with a professional training program for clinicians wanting to learn his RLT Relational Life Therapy methodology.
Terry knows how to lead couples on a step-by-step journey to greater intimacy — and greater personal fulfillment. A senior faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge in Massachusetts and a retired Clinical Fellow of the Meadows Institute in Arizona, Terry has worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and fellow therapists.
Through his books, the Institute, and workshops around the country, Terry helps women and men, parents and non-parents, to help them create the connection they desire in their relationships. Jesuit priest Brendan McManus decided to walk the Camino de Santiago, the famous Spanish pilgrimage route, while struggling to come to terms with his brother's suicide.
On the way he undergoes a profoundly transformative journey of rebirth and renewal that moves through grief and anger to hope, gratitude, and acceptance.
He describes with honesty, humor, and great humanity both the hardships and the moments of joy and beauty experienced along this long, hard road to recovery. This is a book for all of us who wish to think more deeply about the meaning of loss and death and discover how such devastating experiences enrich and shape our own journeys through life.
Understanding the busy lives of women, Donna is passionate about helping people find faith, teaching them to apply it to everyday life, and live with purpose.
One of our listeners from Australia contacted Drew to let him know that they just came back from walking The Camino de Santiago and another listener from The USA let him know that they will be leaving to walk this ancient pilgrimage soon.
He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics--from mythology, film, and writing, to beauty, travel, sports, and creativity. Phil is also the host and co-writer of Global Spirit, a cross-cultural and transnational television series which premiered on PBS stations in summer The program explores global issues ranging from sacred music and spiritual activism, to the search for ecstatic experience, forgiveness, and attitudes toward death and dying.
For seven long years, Brittni's life was bound to the chains of suffering. Manipulated into starting a career as a porn star and escort as an year-old college student, all she wanted was a sense of belonging. Growing up her life had been full of rejection and now here was an industry holding out its arms to her in a welcoming embrace. Brittni quickly took the adult world by storm—never anticipating that it would turn on her.
She appeared in approximately adult films before the age of 25, and gained enough notoriety to be nominated for an AVN Award for Best New Starlet in But this intelligent, articulate woman was on a downward spiral into a life of degradation, drugs, substance abuse, prostitution, depression, and several suicide attempts.
What started with a skyrocketing career, awards, accolades, and unimaginable popularity soon became the source of her greatest pain.
Then Brittni did the unimaginable for someone who seemed to be at the pinnacle of success—she got out. Today, she is a wife, young adults ministry leader, and passionate advocate for women involved in the sex industry. She founded, Always Loved, in to assist women who want to leave the industry and help ensure a smooth transition in all areas of life. Throughout the year, Drew invites various interns to help out with social media and video production.
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The Bad Shepherds - By Hook Or By Crook (Monsoon) Transfiguring punk classics into folk songs, those who hadn't actually heard the debut album by Adrian Edmondson, Maartin Allcock, Andy Dinan, and Troy Donockley might have thought it was a bit of a gimmick. Click on photo for Dave's bio. YOUR ANCESTRY NET. DAVID LEPITRE. POSTED I was just reading some of the Log Cabin chronicle posting and I thought maybe you could give me some direction. Gmail is email that's intuitive, efficient, and useful. 15 GB of storage, less spam, and mobile access.