Friday, April 30, 2010

I was really sorry to hear this story about actress Betty Lynn getting robbed in Mt. Airy.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 · 1 comment
Betty Lynn Played Thelma Lou on "The Andy Griffith Show" 
Betty Lynn, the Christian actress who played Thelma Lou on televisions popular 1960s sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show," was robbed at a shopping center in Mount Airy, NC, the birthplace of gospel artist and television star Andy Griffith and the town that inspired Mayberry....
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gospel Music News: Diamond Rio, Seabird, TobyMac

Recent gospel music news: 

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
Diamond Rio's Marty Roe and Jimmy Olander led 175 Team Rio runners and walkers across the finish line at Nashville's Country Music Marathon and 1/2...
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 · 1 comment
Seabirds "Believe Me" Used In Promo For New NBC Show "Losing It With Jillian" Starring Jillian Michaels of "The Biggest Loser"...
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Monday, April 26th, 2010 · 1 comment
TobyMac Introduces The Bomb Mom Products 
Just in time for Mother's Day, one of Christian music's most cutting-edge artists, 5 Time Grammy® winner TobyMac...
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dog Piling - Liberal & Conservative Attack Cliques from a Christian Perspective

On some of the Christian music and other discussion boards that I moderate, I have ruffled some feathers in the past by asking people not to post about politics or to post mocking or mean-spirited comments about those with opposing viewpoints. While I have taken some flack for this in the past, the "no political posts policy" is to prevent the kind of mean-spirited discussions I see on other boards.

"What I don't like about Christians"

For instance, a few months ago on a writer's board someone posted "What I don't like about the Christians at my workplace" which turned into an attack on Christians and an apology by other Christians for those naughty Christians who supposedly did non PC things. Later another person posted asking why Christians are so judgmental. I stayed out of discussion #1, but by discussion #2, I waded in by quoting some of the judgmental and mean spirited comments made about Christians in the first post. I was labeled a religious nut by a clique of liberals, led by their wiccan high priestess, who frequently dog pile conservative and/or Christian posts on the writers forum and on Facebook.

Sean Hannity & the Darths

On the other hand, when I used to visit the Sean Hannity board, I saw conservatives do the same thing. I haven't visited the board in years, but back then the key conservative posters were called "Darths" and swooped in to attack any liberal post from the safety of the Darth cave where they planned their dog-pile attacks.

Conservatives & Liberals Both Guilty

Because I post on writer boards at several sites, and make occasional posts about Christianity, morals and traditional values, I am frequently attacked by the left. Several of my articles about gospel music have even been attacked by vicious comments aimed at "stupid" or ******* Christians. However, conservatives can be almost as bad. On the old Hannity board, when I stood up for any liberal's right to make a point without being attacked, I was frequently attacked by conservative Darths. While I have seen and been the victim of equal amounts of dog piling from both sides, I will say I have seen much more cursing and name calling from the left.

A Rude & Vicious Online Society

I hate the cowardice, baiting and mockery of the dog pile/clique mentality whether from conservatives or liberals. It is frequently made worse by the anonymity of avatars and fake names. We can say just about whatever we want publicly from the privacy of our computers. It has turned us into a very rude and frequently verbally vicious internet society.

What Would Jesus Do?

What would Jesus do? Would he turn the other cheek or confront the Pharisees? I think he would do both. Those Christians who just can't apologize enough for being Christians and who try to placate and cater to the mob in the name of "turning the other cheek" are part of the problem. When "can't we all just get along?" means "can't we compromise our belief systems and find a nice New Age compromise that says everyone is right," I believe Jesus would be overturning some tables. Jesus never said "Blessed are the Placaters."

However, it is equally clear we are not to attack other side and start cutting off ears with our swords. Although it is hard to have a rational discussion with a rabid mob who deliberately misinterprets your motives and everything you say, Jesus faced the same problem 2000 years ago. He found the balance between turning the other cheek and overturning the tables, between being the lion and the lamb.

The point of balance between lion and lamb is the cross.

Also see:

Hiding Behind Avatars & Pseudonyms - License for Bad Behavior?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Behind the scenes at the Dove Awards & Gospel Music Week 2010

  More Dove Awards memories and photos!
Saturday, April 24th, 2010
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Dove Awards
The Dove Awards have come and gone for 2010 leaving a flock of good memories in their wake. While viewers can catch the awards show when it is telecast on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC) on Saturday, April 24, some of the most fun moments as well as some of the most poignant occurred behind the scenes...
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Sunday, April 25th, 2010 · 2 comments
Nashville's unofficial Gospel Music Week wrapped up this past week following the excitement of the Dove Awards. During the course of the week I had...
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Friday, April 23, 2010

Amy Grant on ABC's Nightline tonight, April 23

One of my favorite Christian artists of all time will be on TV tonight!
Friday, April 23rd, 2010
As reported in Amy Grant releases Somewhere Down the Road, Amy Grant released her new project on March 30, 2010. Now just weeks after issuing the critically-acclaimed album and two days after her performance at the 41st Annual Dove Awards, Amy Grant will be  on ABC’s Nightline tonight, April 23....
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 Gospel Music Week & the Dove Awards

 Photo: At the BMI Gospel Music Awards Dinner

This week has been a blur of activity as gospel music fans converged on Nashville for the Dove Awards. Although there was no official Gospel Music Week, there was lots to see and do around Nashville all week!

Photo: With Melinda Doolittle at the Dove Awards

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
As reported in 2010 Dove Awards highlights & key winners, Gospel music's biggest night--the Dove Awards--took place last night at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville...
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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
The 41st Annual Dove Awards were held in Nashville on April 21, and the stars certainly shone over Nashville as artists like Amy Grant and Wynonna as...
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
BMI Christian Music Awards 
As reported in Gospel Music Week 2010 in Nashville, BMI honored the writers and publishers of the most performed BMI songs...
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
2010 Gospel Music Week in Nashville 
It's Gospel Music Week in Nashville! Although the Gospel Music Association is not holding an official Gospel Music...
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Natalie Grant to release Love Revolution, co-host Dove Awards

More info on the Dove Awards, performers, presenters, etc.
Sunday, April 18th, 2010
Natalie Grant to Release Love Revolution 
Christan singer-songwriter Natalie Grant, the Gospel Music Associations reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for four straight years, has announced she is releasing her eighth album, Love Revolution on Curb Records on August 24, 2010....
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010
41st Annual GMA Dove Awards Performers: TobyMac, Natalie Grant, MercyMe, Bebe & Cece Winans, Jordin Sparks, Casting Crowns 
Gospel music's biggest night just got even bigger and better with the announcement of more celebrity performers at the  41st Annual GMA Dove Awards...
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced the final nominees for the Dove Award for Songwriter of the Year: Francesca Battistelli, Michael Boggs, Mike Donehey, Jason Ingram, Jennie Lee Riddle, and Neil Thrasher....
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Monday, April 12, 2010

How to Dry Out and Save a Wet Cell Phone

How to Dry Out and Save a Wet Cell Phone

If you have ever dropped your mobile phone in a water bowl, sink, pool or other body of water, these ten steps may help you save your wet cell phone if you act quickly.

Samsung Glyde U940 Cell Phone Touchscreen Cell phone for Verizon Wireless with No ContractBlackBerry Storm 9530 Unlocked GSM + CDMA Cell Phone with 3.15 MP Camera (Black)- FACTORY-REFURBISHEDSamsung T139 Unlocked Phone with Camera, Bluetooth and Speakerphone--US Warranty (Black/Gray)