Monday, May 22, 2006

AUDIO/PODCAST INTERVIEW>> Daniel Britt Interviews LuAnn Burger & Lori (part II)

Here's the interview with Lori where we talk mainly about her solo music ministry. However, as you can imagine, Anthony Burger had such an impact in the life of his daughter that we talked a lot more about his legacy and foresight.

AUDIO>> Daniel Britt Interviews Lori (38:25)

LINK>> Lori's website

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

AUDIO/PODCAST INTERVIEW>> Daniel Britt Interviews LuAnn Burger & Lori (part I)

Today was a special treat! Anthony Burger's widow, LuAnn and daughter, Lori stopped by the radio station to talk about Anthony's legacy and Lori's new career in music.

These two have been through so much, especially lately with the passing of Anthony. They were here for two hours and we recorded well over an hour of discussion.

The interview is divided into two main parts:
- the interview with LuAnn about Anthony's passing (see below)
- the interview with Lori mainly about her solo music ministry (still to come)

AUDIO>> Daniel Britt Interviews LuAnn Burger (26:40)

Again, keep watching for the interview with Lori, coming soon.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

AUDIO>> Why do you need a voice when you have a verse?

AUDIO>> Jim Elliot quote

I like this quote from Jim Elliot. Listen to the story I heard from a pastor recently. It lines up well with the quote - God doesn't have to tell you specifically if He already said it in His Word!

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

AUDIO>> Signature Sound featured on Focus on the Family Radio

AUDIO>> Dr. James Dobson's comments about Signature Sound

Today on Focus on the Family with James Dobson, the topic du jour was the recent National Day of Prayer events in Washington. The Signature Sound Quartet was on hand to sing for one of the events. Because I'm not risky enough to provide audio of their entire copy-written song, I've cut that out of the excerpt. You'll mainly hear the comments before and after the song was featured on Focus on the Family. The two voices you'll hear are Dr. James Dobson and Dr. Bill Maier.

I love it when Southern Gospel gets national attention like this (both in Washington and on Focus!)

UPDATE: Ernie Haase called me today to thank me for editing the clip down for them. It's also available at their website. Ernie said that after the group sang the song, that Dr. Dobson's daughter came to him and said her dad never cries, but he was sooo moved by the group's passion and harmony! Keep it up, guys!

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Bill Gaither Releases Official Statement

Well, if you'll read the addendums/comments to the previous post , then you know that there was something that appeared to be a statement by Bill Gaither. However, since we’re dealing with the internet, there really was no sure way to know for sure, until now.

The Singing News Magazine’s website has released an official statement from Bill Gaither that is identical to the statement posted yesterday. It’s exactly how I had hoped this whole thing would end.

-Daniel Britt

Statement from Bill Gaither:

ALEXANDRIA, IN (Press Release) - Apparently, a visit by Marsha Stevens to a Gaither Homecoming concert in 2002 is being misrepresented and misused by her and others. Marsha Stevens is an outspoken lesbian singer-songwriter who operates an organization called Born Again Lesbian Music (BALM Ministries). Her story is a sad one.

In 1969, as the 16 year-old leader of what many consider to be the first contemporary Christian music group, Children of the Day, Marsha wrote "For Those Tears I Died," which quickly became one of the most popular songs of the so-called Jesus Movement. Featured on Maranatha's "The Everlastin' Living Jesus Music Concert" album, her song became one of the best known Christian folk songs of the decade.

Gloria and I, along with hundreds of churches around the country have sung that song for years. Unfortunately, in more recent years Marsha publicly declared herself to be lesbian and took her music and work in a very different direction from where it started.

In December 2002, we had a Gaither Homecoming concert in Phoenix, where someone told us she was in attendance and asked if she could come backstage and say hello. Mark Lowry and I greeted Marsha and her partner and someone snapped a photograph of the four of us, a picture Marsha has exploited on her Web site ever since. False reports of what transpired at the concert have also surfaced on various Web sites so we pulled the videotape of the concert and reviewed it. Here is exactly what happened.

Gloria and I were celebrating our 40th anniversary that night and we sang a number of songs that had been special to us over the years, including, "For Those Tears I Died." I mentioned, from the platform, that the woman who wrote that song "is here tonight." I then said that I love that song because someone "may have seen a grownup with a Jesus that maybe is pushing you away, that wouldn't let you in. And you were never good enough. The only Christ I know is the Christ in that song, with His arms out very wide, saying, 'come to the water.' That's the only Christ I know-come as you are."

We then continued the concert without any further mention of Marsha or this song. Any other report of this concert is simply and sadly false. I regret that this brief exchange has apparently been used to suggest some sort of endorsement of Marsha and her current life and work. Clearly I do not endorse or support either, though I believe God can, and does still use this song to minister to people. I pray for Marsha and encourage others to do the same.

Bill Gaither

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Bill & Gloria are brought up in gay discussion on radio talk show

I listen to Steve Brown Etc., a weekly radio talk show. This past week, he talked to Mel White, a former "ghost-writer" for such evangelicals as Billy Graham, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell. He is also a homosexual activist.

During the course of the interview, Steve (who is a friend of Bill & Gloria Gaither) brings up a conversation he had with Gloria Gaither about how the church treats homosexuals.

If you'll listen to the Steve Brown show (click here) and go 24:30 into the program, you'll hear Mel say that Gloria is wrong and unrealistic in what she said to Steve about the church showing love to gays. You really should listen to it to also hear Mel say that Bill & Gloria are surrounded by gay people every day [in Christian/church music.]

(For what it's worth, I agree with Brown's position: it's a sin, but I'm not your mother and I'm not going to throw rocks from my glass house).

NOTE / UPDATE >> I have posted some updates on this topic under the "comments" section. CLICK HERE TO READ THE UPDATES.

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