The memorial service at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater ended with Aretha Franklin, the former Mahalia acolyte who went on to become “Lady Soul,” wrapping herself around “Precious Lord.” When it was over the audience applauded, unusual reaction at a funeral, but not everyone approved. You don’t cross over to the pop music field, you defect, as R&B superstar Sam Cooke found whenever he joined his old gospel group, the Soul Stirrers, for a song and a voice from the crowd would invariably yell, “Get that blues singer off the stage! But first there would be songs, untamed by social order, from a dignified, 260-pound African American queen who contorted her face, jerked her body and chomped on lyrics as if a legacy of suffering flowed through her. Could any name better fit the physical and spiritual embodiment of Mother Church? The church has long provided a sanctuary for those who wish to express their blackness in all its glory. That gospel standard would be sung again, four years later, when Jackson, the most powerful black woman in America, passed on at age 60. Franklin of Detroit’s Bethlehem Baptist Church, was one of the most powerful and respected ministers in the country carried little weight with the irascible Martin or other gospel hard liners who believe the spiritual and the secular should always be kept separate.GLORY HALLELUJAH: The Golden Age of Gospel by Michael Corcoran On an unseasonably breezy August afternoon in 1963, Dr. Clara Ward and the Ward Singers, meanwhile, were openly chastized when they traded their choir robes for sequined gowns and took their act to Las Vegas. “Worst thing I ever heard,” Dorsey’s longtime associate Sallie Martin was overheard grumbling. ” Never mind that Aretha, like such R&B/pop acts as Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, the Staple Singers, Johnny Taylor, Billy Preston and Dinah Washington, began her singing career in the gospel field or that she was always quick to acknowlege such church singers as Clara Ward, Marion Williams and Bessie Griffin as influences. ” Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a great blues guitarist as well as gospel belter, was almost stripped of her “Sister” rank by shocked churchgoers in the early ’40s when she sang religious songs with an 11-piece jazz band.He loves everybody, He understands everybody, and He has a covenant with everybody-again, whether they know it or not.Every human being in the history of the planet was created in the image and likeness of God. God sees Himself in everybody, in every belief system, in every icon, perhaps even the devil. He came from God, has a specific assignment, and carries it out well. In the totality of [God's] vastness, there is evil.Speaking directly to the hearts of guys and girls, will include two separate Bible studies written along the same general outline (with video for each):- Guys study written by D. Horton that speaks specifically to young men- Girls study written by Amy-Jo Girardier that speaks specifically to young women FREE SAMPLES — Leader Guide and Student Book If you have questions about launching a True Love Project study or True Love Waits program in your church, feel free to email us at [email protected] questions regarding any of the products, call 1-800-458-2772.
Includes personal stories and expert testimony that show how the program made an impact on the culture, encountered criticism, and refined its message to reach students in the 21st century.
“Well, my soul looks back and wonders how I got over.” Like most gospel performances, the song grew in intensity with each verse and the crowd’s response built from murmur to “Amen! It took several minutes for the energized crowd of 200,000 to settle down, then Dr. “I have a dream,” the Civil Rights leader intoned, “that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.” After that historic speech, the crowd joined arms and sang “We Shall Overcome,” an update of the old gospel song “I’ll Overcome.” It was appropriate that the Civil Rights movement adopt as its soundtrack a style of music rooted in the African American struggle against opression. It was at his funeral in 1968 and the song, second only to “Amazing Grace” in the hearts of black churchgoers, was “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” written by Thomas A. After his wife had passed away in childbirth in 1932 and his newborn son died days later, Dorsey sought comfort at the piano and the beautiful song about going forward from tragedy just overcame the writer, as all great compositions do.
“Well, how I got over,” her voice gained strength in the repetition.
The Gospel of Inclusion is the exciting and liberating news that in the finished work of the cross, Jesus redeemed the entire world to God from the cosmic and organic sin imposed upon it by Adam, the original man.
In effect, the world is already saved, they just don't know it; and, unfortunately, most Christians don't believe it.