Archive for May, 2013

May 19, 2013

Newsboys Announce New Album To Release In September

 

It’s official, Newsboys has revealed that they will release a new album on September 10th, with the new offering yet still unnamed.  What we do know so far is that the first single off the new album will be released May 31st.  The new single is called “Live With Abandon” and will be released on iTunes at the end of May.

 

The great news was first broken by the Newsboys drummer Duncan Philips on his twitter account: “@newsboys first single drops may 31st! New album drops Sept. 10! Can’t wait for you to hear it!”  Phillips announced to his followers.

 

One of, if not, the most prolific Christian music artists ever, the band has released 16 albums in their storied career.  The new album will make it 17 albums.

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May 19, 2013

Darlene Zschech Hits A Home-Run With Her New Worship Album Revealing Jesus

 

 

So this past week I got a hold of famed Hillsong Live Worship Leader Darlene Zschech’s brand new worship album “Revealing Jesus” which released two months ago March 19 with Integrity Music. And I have to say I am blown away at how good it is.  Its undoubtedly one of my favorite worship albums of the past 2 years. I’ve got no issue telling you that when I first got the CD I didn’t expect much.  And when I gave the first 3 songs a listen the first time, my suspicions were confirmed.  Nothing special here.

 

Except that I couldn’t get the refrain from the opening track “God Is Here” out of my heard.  I went back the next day and listened to the song again and was like wow this an awesome song.  And so begun me starting over with this album.  I listened to the whole album, and by the 6th track I was just so taken aback with how good the album is.  And my biggest, most persistent thought was how come Darlene doesn’t release an album like this every year !!!!!  The songs are brilliant, the lyrics searching and beautifully intimate.  My favorite tracks are “God Is Here” “Magnificent” and “The Cry Of The Broken.”

 

Something really cool that I didn’t know about the album is that it wasn’t recorded in Australia, it was actually recorded live at Church Of The Highlands in Alabama.  I can assure you, if you’re thinking about getting this album, you will be kicking yourself that you didn’t get it sooner, it’s that good!!! Well Done Darlene, Well Done.  Hopefully, you won’t deprive us too long, of your incredible gift.

 

 

‘Revealing Jesus’ Track Listing:
1. God Is Here
2. Best for Me
3. All That We Are
4. In Jesus’ Name
5. Your Presence Is Heaven
6. Victor’s Crown
7. Yours Forever
8. Magnificent
9. My Jesus I Love Thee (I Love You Jesus)
10. Your Name/Cry of the Broken
11. I Am Yours
12. Jesus at the Centre

 

 

 

 

 

May 15, 2013

The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery . . . by Jonathan Cahn Sells More Than 1.5 Million Copies With 2 Years

 

 

The New York Times best-selling book The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future by Jonathan Cahn was awarded the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association (ECPA) Gold and Platinum awards for achieving sales of both 500,000 and one million units within one consecutive year at the recent ECPA Awards Banquet in Nashville, TN.

Deserving products receive the Gold award for 500,000 copies sold, and the Platinum award for over one million copies sold. ECPA has only presented both the Gold and Platinum awards within a consecutive 12-month period to four titles including the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, and Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.

Tessie DeVore, Charisma House Book Group executive VP, said, “The record-breaking sales of The Harbinger is indicative of the interest byreaders from all walks of life who have been gripped by the uncanny scriptural parallels to what’s happened in current events.” She added, “What makes this milestone even more gratifying is to know that people around the world are not only learning about these mysteries but are also
praying for America.”

Released Jan. 3, 2012, the book has gone to reprint more than 17 times. It is the first New York Times best seller for Cahn.

Raised in a Jewish home, Cahn became an atheist before accepting Christ as Messiah as a 20-year-old. Since 1988, he has led Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, a worship center in Wayne, NJ, one of the country’s largest Messianic congregations. Through his Hope of the World ministry he has ministered in Cuba, Nigeria, and India.

The Harbinger is the 11th New York Times best seller for Charisma House Book Group. Fasting by Jentezen Franklin, 23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Wiese, and The Seven Pillars of Health by Don Colbert, MD, have also previously made the list.

Charisma House Book Group has also published several ECPA award-winning books, including 23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Wiese, Jerusalem Countdown by John Hagee, and The Bait of Satan by John Bevere.

May 15, 2013

Acclaimed Author And Thinker Dallas Willard Passes Away

 

 

Dallas Willard, renowned teacher, acclaimed writer and one of our most brilliant Christian thinkers, died of cancer today, May 8, 2013. He was 77.

“This morning our wonderful teacher and friend awakened to the full goodness of the Kingdom of the Heavens he had described so beautifully,” said friend and colleague Gary Moon, director of the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont College. “I believe Dallas Willard was one of the great reformers of Christian thought of the past century and that his most powerful lessons were in how he lived an unhurried life with God.”

Kent Carlson, a friend of Willard, said, “I heard Dallas say recently that some people will die and it will be a while before they realize they are dead. That is vintage Dallas. Eternity is real and it has already begun. He lived this. He once wrote, ‘You are an unceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe.’ I cling to this truth today.”

Willard is known for changing the way thousands of Christians experience their faith. “Again and again I have been profoundly struck by Dallas Willard’s ability to speak fully to both mind and heart,” said Richard J. Foster. “His intellectual stature and his deep devotion to Christ are distinguishing marks of his life. And, above all else, the humility and gracious character of his life is simply stunning.”

“He is the kind of figure and person that only is given by God once in many generations,” said Keith Meyer, friend of Willard.

Willard was an acclaimed author whose books include The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity Today’s Book of the Year in 1998), The Spirit of the Disciplines, Hearing God, Renovation of the Heart and others. Willard’s most profound influence is in the area of spiritual formation and in the way he humbly mentored so many of today’s leaders in the Christian faith.

“My beloved friend and mentor, Dr. Dallas Willard, was the most brilliant and Christlike man I have ever known,” said James Bryan Smith. “He preached and taught the gospel of the available Kingdom of God, and lived it each day. Quite simply, his life and teaching radically changed my life for the good.”

“Dallas Willard has called evangelicals back to the ancients and their practice of the forgotten disciplines of silence, solitude, reflective reading of scripture and unceasing prayer, fasting, etc. and their vision of the kind of life these can produce,” said Meyer. “We who have learned from him stand on his shoulders looking for how to build on his work.”

Cindy Bunch, Willard’s editor at InterVarsity Press and associate editorial director, saw his influence play out in the lives of authors she worked with. “I have had the delightful privilege of getting to know Dallas Willard through many of the authors we have published, particularly in the Formatio line. James Bryan Smith has shared with me of how Dallas would encourage him not to reference him so much, saying, ‘If it was any good, it did not come from me, but from the Holy Spirit, so consider it public domain.’ Todd Hunter likewise told me how Dallas encouraged him to run with many ideas that Dallas had seeded in him. Alongside the encouragement from Dallas came a gentle guidance. Keith Meyer has often recalled the message he received from Dallas after we had sent a book contract: ‘Keith, just remember, you are the donkey pulling the Jesus cart.’ So thank you to James Bryan Smith, Richard Foster, Nathan Foster, Gary Moon, Kent Carlson, Mike Lueken, Todd Hunter, Mindy Caliguire, Keith Meyer, Gayle Beebe, Glandion Carney, Emilie Griffin, and Jan Johnson for giving me glimpses into what it is like to do life in companionship with Dallas. Dallas Willard was a person who repeatedly gave himself—even when it meant sidelining his own projects—to invest in the lives of others.”

Dallas Albert Willard was born in Buffalo, MO, on Sept. 4, 1935. A 2006Christianity Today article about Willard said that his elders told him he was insatiable about the “why questions” as a child. Willard did not remember that, but he did recall the struggle to stay alive during the Great Depression and the anguish of being separated from his siblings some years after his mother died when he was only two years old. He devoured books after following his siblings to their one-room Missouri school as a 4-year-old. After high school he worked as an agricultural laborer, and he continued to work with his hands throughout his life, doing carpentry and landscaping on his hilltop property north of Los Angeles.

Willard was 19 when he married Jane Lakes. He says that apart from the knowledge of God, Jane has been the greatest blessing in his life. “On many occasions, she has held me steady and preserved me from going off track,” Willard said in a Christianity Today interview. The Willards have two children, John and Becky, and a granddaughter, Larissa.

Willard attended William Jewell College, and he later graduated from Tennessee Temple College in 1956 with a BA in psychology, and from Baylor University in 1957 with a BA in philosophy and religion. Willard was ordained a Southern Baptist pastor but left the pastorate to study philosophy in the 1960s. He went to graduate school at Baylor University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a PhD in philosophy with a minor in the history of science in 1965.

Willard was a professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Beginning in 1965 he taught at USC, where he was a director of the School of Philosophy from 1962 to 1985. He also taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, 1960-1965), and held visiting appointments at UCLA (1969) and the University of Colorado (1984).

Willard believed passivity to be a widespread problem in the church, and his greatest goal for the church was to make genuine disciples of Jesus. “Dallas thought about his faith and he talked about his faith but most importantly he talked about Jesus whom he called the ‘smartest man who ever lived,’” said Bob Fryling, InterVarsity Press publisher. “I am deeply indebted to Dallas for his winsome example and rich teaching on how to be a spiritual person as a disciple of Jesus Christ.”

Todd Hunter, friend and student of Willard recalled: “Many years ago in a private moment I asked Dallas: ‘What is your greatest concern about the Kingdom-based spiritual formation movement?’ Without hesitation he answered: ‘Willard-ites.’ We sat silent for a few moments, that word hanging in the air. On his countenance, in his eyes, I could see a fear that someone might mistake Dallas or his teaching for the endgame, not the signposts he meant them to be of his profound love of Jesus and his kingdom. I can’t say much more or I’d run the risk of either hyperbole or sounding like what Dallas wanted greatly to avoid. Perhaps, though, I could end with this: no human being taught me more about life in Jesus and his Kingdom. And I vow, until the day I die, to the best I can, as an apprentice to Jesus, to announce, demonstrate and embody the gospel of the Kingdom of God.”

May 15, 2013

B & H Publishers Announce New Plan For Future Fiction Titles Following The Success Of The Love Dare

 

 

B&H Publishing Group president Selma Wilson has announced a new strategy for the company’s fiction program.

Uniquely positioned for developing strategic partnerships, B&H will intentionally focus on publishing only those novels that are tied to broader strategic endeavors, including initiatives with ministries, external film partners, LifeWay Films, and the B&H Kids line. Past releases using this model have included such best sellers as The Love DareThe VowThe Resolution for Men, as well as titles such as October Baby andUnconditional. New and upcoming releases include the “Experiencing God at Home” line, The Lost Medallion by Bill Muir and Alex Kendrick, and “The Truth Seekers” series by Bill Myers.

“B&H is focusing on projects that align with our core strengths,” said Wilson. “We are uniquely gifted in working alongside partners and utilizing all of the tools that LifeWay Christian Resources is blessed to have. We are a team of people who want to spread the gospel around the world, and we believe we accomplish that best when we deploy our gifts to broader movements alongside strategic relationships.”

Upcoming B&H releases this year include The Love Dare for Parents by Stephen and Alex Kendrick (Jul. 1), Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore (Oct. 1), and Operation Christmas Child by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney (Oct. 1).

May 15, 2013

Skillet Release First Single Off New Album Coming June 25

 

 

Skillet have just released the title track off their forthcoming album, Rise, which is available June 25th. The song “Rise” is part of the band’s first ever concept album, as singer John Cooper explains, “The narrative idea happened after we had 10 or 11 of the songs chosen. As we recorded them, we started to realize that there was something going on – that the album was really telling a story. Realizing that, I knew we needed to make it as powerful as we could.” The title track is available on iTunes now.

The band are also offering their die-hard fans the chance to hang out with them on tour via the “Road to Rise VIP Experience.” There will be two all-day events only for fans to attend, hang out and eat with the band, hear the new album first and see the live DVD first: June 14 in Nashville, TN and June 21st in Chicago, Illinois. For more info check out this video here.

Skillet will also be hitting the road this Summer on the Festival Circuit. Be sure to catch them at Rock on the Range, Alive, Creation East, and Rock the Park this summer.

To stay current on all things Skillet related, be sure to check out their Official SiteFacebook, and Twitter.

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Website: www.skillet.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/skillet
Twitter: www.twitter.com/skilletmusic

May 14, 2013

Mark Driscoll’s Church’s Mars Hill Music To Release New Album By Worship Band Ghost Ship

 

 

Earlier this year, Mars Hill Music entered into a partnership with Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings to share the variety of worship bands from Mars Hill Church. The second full-length release from this partnership will be from Ghost Ship, which finds its home in the new Mars Hill Downtown building in Seattle. The folk-rock worship band will release their full-length album, The Good King, on June 11. Click here to see and exclusive preview video from the Ghost Ship’s release.

Lead Worship Pastor at Mars Hill Church Downtown Seattle Cam Huxford thought he’d follow in his father’s footsteps (a pastor to the same congregation for 28 years); however, this Georgia native started down the path of a musician early as he discovered music.

“I had this really bad folk band,” he admits, detailing his early days as a musician, “And we were kids, just sharing songs we’d written, and I had an idea for a worship song…and we just wrote it.” He went on to study Music and Theology at East Tennessee University, and post-graduation landed as the lead worship pastor for a 20k congregation back at his father’s church.

Years later, Huxford and his wife started feeling called towards urban ministry and, after researching, found that Seattle was one of the most un-churched cities in the nation. They learned about Mars Hill and Huxford quickly became involved. He’s been leading worship at the downtown campus ever since.

Seeing the congregation sing alongside him is what Huxford and his band Ghost Ship have been doing for about two and half years. Comprised of Huxford, Doug Finefrock, Jamison Dewlen, Chae Choi, Shay Carlucci, and Fancy Morales, the septet worships with a rock-folk sound that fosters Huxford’s specialty of scripture-inspired storytelling. They write and lead with the faith that God will be at the center of it all, thus the name of their band. “Ghost Ship” is a reminder that they’re moving by the power of the Holy Ghost, active vessels for the Lord motivated through the Spirit.

Click here to see the album artwork and complete track listing.

ABOUT MARS HILL MUSIC:
Mars Hill Music is made up of a variety of musicians and worship leaders who serve throughout the various Mars Hill locations. Since its humble beginnings in 1996, Mars Hill has been committed to engaging the surrounding culture in order to point people to Jesus. Each Mars Hill band strives to do this with a natural expression and outgrowth of what God is doing in their cities.

May 14, 2013

Amy Grant Release First Album In 10 Years, How Mercy Looks From Here, To Wide Critical Acclaim And A Massive Media Blitz

 

 

The foundation behind Amy Grant’s first full-length studio album in 10 years came from some advice given to her by her late mother – “sing something that matters.” The six-time GRAMMY® Award winner, who releases her 18th studio album today, May 14 is dedicating How Mercy Looks From Here to her mother and drawing from some of her favorite singers and songwriters in what critics are calling her most impactful release to date. The impressive array of talent includes Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Will Hoge, Carole King, Eric Paslay and James Taylor.

To launch her first album in over a decade, Grant dives in to street week with appearances on CBS This Morning (5/17 and 5/18) and the nationally syndicated lifestyle program, The Better Show (5/17) as well as Morning Joe on MSNBC (5/14), NPR’s “Weekend Edition” (5/12), WOR Radio with Rita Cosby (5/14), ABC Radio, Keep the Faith radio and more. Grant also recently conducted an in depth interview for Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act,” (5/28) as well as their “Hollywood Watch” program (5/31). Additionally, Grant is also scheduled to appear on the highly acclaimed shows The View and The Chew early this summer.

Other media highlights for How Mercy Looks From Here include a special two-part Artist to Artist interview with FUSE NEWS between Grant and Sheryl Crow, an exclusive online video interview for Entertainment Tonight online as well as their featured artist for New Music Tuesday today, exclusive song premieres with Billboard.com and GoodHousekeeping.com, and cover stories with CCM Magazine, Called Magazine, Guideposts, FIRST for Women Magazine, SOCIAL and WHOA magazines. Additional feature coverage includes Billboard, Country Weekly, People.com, SiriusXM, and more.

The album’s lead track, “Don’t Try So Hard,” features legendary songwriter James Taylor and continues its rise up the AC monitored chart, jumping 4 spots to #25 this week, and up 6 spots on the National Audience chart to #27.

Along with special mother’s day promotions with several stations across the country, additional radio promos for the record are happening with key market stations throughout the country. Grant is making personal appearances at record listening parties with WAWZ, WGTS, WCIE, and WHPZ, as well as participating in a special promotion with KSBJ, while KXOJ and K-LOVE are both promoting a flyaway to The Greek Theater in Los Angeles to meet Amy and see her live.

Welcoming back the iconic singer-songwriter with open arms, here are just a few of the multitudes of praises on How Mercy Looks From Here:

“[Amy’s] time away from music seems to have given [her] a renewed fervor for the job – a feeling that she doesn’t plan to extinguish any time soon.” – Entertainment Tonight

“…her singing has an easy grace that’s well served by these songs of love, loss, faith and resilience, which benefit from Marshall Altman’s spare, glowing production.” – USA Today

“Grant’s most emotionally compelling release since 1988’s “Lead Me On”… proves that sincerity is not overrated and that open-hearted storytelling will outlast any musical fad.” – Atlanta Journal Constitution

“The revered veteran is at another creative peak punctuated by authentic vocal delivery, understated but sophisticated production and a slew of all-star guests.” – CCM Magazine

“…the songs glow with the gentle redemptive wisdom that is her strong point as a songwriter and singer.” – iTunes

“…a start-to-finish true album experience… Every song on this album is heart and soul music, and Grant hits a home run in her quest to “sing something that matters.” – Nashville Parent

“A collection of songs that mine the depths of both heart and soul as only Amy can. This is easily one of the best albums of the year.” – NewReleaseTuesday.com

“Ultimately a profoundly encouraging record, How Mercy Looks From Here is a vibrant collection of thoughtful, reflective ruminations on life and the passage of time, from the lens of one who realizes the purpose for which she was created.” – Christian Musician

May 13, 2013

New BEC Recordings Artist Shine Bright Baby To Release Debut Album Dreamers July 23

 

BEC Recordings is set to release the first recording from the band Shine Bright Baby. The national debut disc from the worshipful electronic rockers, titled Dreamers, is set to release July 23.

The foursome comprising Shine Bright Baby – Emily Irene on vocals, guitarist Nathan Fertig, Joshua Fink on keys, guitars and vocals, and Karl Wendel on drums – each hail from Orrville, Ohio. Their unique band name comes from Philippians 2, which, shares Joshua, “Talks about shining brightly for the Lord, but we wanted to take what that verse said and apply it to the band’s mission and what we stood for. Emily wanted it to be more fun and playful, so she tacked ‘Baby’ on the end and it just stuck.”

None of the members of Shine Bright Baby had the lifelong mission to be part of a band, yet when local reception grew so strong that major festivals and record labels were showing interest, they had no choice but to notice God’s plan for the band. “We all come from church backgrounds, all leading worship at church at various points of life,” says Karl. “Anytime we’re on that stage, our goal is to glorify God and worship through our instruments and voices, and hopefully in turn, help others be able to draw closer to God.”

Emily and Nathan, who founded the band in 2007, started performing in the local scene in both mainstream club settings and amongst Christian circles, performing their inventive mixture of pop, rock, electronic and modern worship. During the time, most of the bands in town steered towards metal and Shine Bright Baby stood out from the pack, then adding Joshua and Karl to their lineup.

Shine Bright Baby soon found themselves headlining shows as well as opening for acts like The Classic Crime, Ivoryline and Manic Drive, then quickly graduating to playing the major festivals with very little promotion. Soon after, they signed with BEC Recordings.

“After we signed with BEC Recordings, we went into a really serious songwriting mode, coming up with 70 or 80 songs,” Emily shares. “We needed to find what we wanted and what felt right, and throughout that process, we experienced a lot of growth.” To create Dreamers, they worked with producer and songwriting collaborator Matt Arcaini, creative partners Mike “X” O’Conner and Tofer Brown, plus executive producer Pete Kipley.

One of the band’s personal favorites from Dreamers is “Made To Glow,” a song about letting God’s love shine in everyone’s daily actions, while the piano/acoustic ballad “Love Restores” was written in the wake of a highly publicized school shooting near the band’s hometown. The group also shows its more aggressive side on “The Brave Ones,” a guitar-charged anthem centered on living a bold life of faith with a little help from Disciple front man Kevin Young.

The first radio single from Dreamers is the redemptive tune “Beautiful Love.” After just three weeks since hitting the radio airwaves, the song is currently at No. 21 on Hot AC/CHR. Be sure to click here to view the “Beautiful Love” lyric video.

Shine Bright Baby is on an extensive tour in support of Dreamers. They just wrapped an Acquire The Fire Tour and will soon embark on the Air1’s Club Awesome Tour, as well as numerous festival dates throughout the summer and fall.

To connect with Shine Bright Baby and find out more about the band and their tour dates, please visit:

 

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May 13, 2013

Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) Named ASCAP’s Christian Music Song of the Year

 

The reasons to celebrate continue to add up for sixstepsrecords’ acclaimed worship leaderMatt Redman. This year alone, Redman’s powerful single “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” has been certified Digital Gold by the RIAA, earned two GRAMMY® awards and is nominated for K-LOVE Fan Awards’ “Song of The Year.” The song is also up for “Top Christian Song” at the Billboard Music Awards, one of two nods for Redman for the award show. Adding to the worship anthem’s impressive honors came earlier this week when it was named ASCAP’s Christian Music Song of the Year at Monday night’s ASCAP Christian Awards at the Franklin Theatre.

“I love watching the journey a song can go on,” says Redman. “We wrote ‘10,000 Reasons’ in a tiny little chapel in the English village I live in, and it’s been a big blessing to see if fly around so many churches and radio – and then to receive an encouragement like this. Huge thanks to ASCAP for the award.”

Momentum continues for Redman as he is set to record a brand new worship album at Passion City Church’s ‘LIFT: A Worship Leader Collective’ in Atlanta, GA from May 31 – June. 1. Hosted by Louie Giglio and GRAMMY® winner Chris Tomlin, the event will bring together worship leaders from across the country. Redman’s forthcoming project will be a live recording from the event, following suit with 10,000 Reasons, wihch was recorded at the LIFT gathering in 2011. The new album will release on Sept. 24.

May 10, 2013

Glorious Ruins Lyrics Hillsong

VERSE
When the mountains fall
And the tempest roars You are with me
When creation folds
Still my soul will soar on Your mercy

PRE-CHORUS
I’ll walk through the fire
With my head lifted high
And my spirit revived in Your story
And I’ll look to the cross
As my failure is lost
In the light of Your glorious grace

CHORUS
Let the ruins come to life
In the beauty of Your Name
Rising up from the ashes
God forever You reign

And my soul will find refuge
In the shadow of Your wings
I will love You forever
And forever I’ll sing

VERSE
When the world caves in
Still my hope will cling to Your promise
Where my courage ends
Let my heart find strength in Your presence

May 8, 2013

Celebrated 90’s Christian Artist Carman To Release New Album With Kickstarter Funding Campaign

 

 

With 16 RIAA Certified Platinum and Gold albums and videos, over 10 million albums sold and attendance records for the largest solo Christian concerts in history, Carman plans to record an album and video of all new music for the first time in over 10-years. Remarkably, it was a death sentence by doctors that paradoxically revived this entertainer’s creative spirit through his fans.

In March of this year, singer, songwriter and television/film actor/writer Carman was diagnosed with terminal, multiple myeloma cancer, a cancer of the blood that affects the body’s bone marrow, and was given a three to five year life expectancy by doctors. Stunned and initially devastated by the news, Carman’s spirit was soon lifted up by the overwhelming love and support received by tens of thousands of fans after posting the news on his Facebook page. Turning the death sentence into a renewed vision and hope for the future, Carman is not only determined to fight the cancer, but is also well underway to his first independent, fan-funded new album and music video through Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.

Launched April 19, Carman’s Kickstarter campaign has already become one of the most successful Christian music campaign ever for Kickstarter. Raising more than $158,000 to date, the campaign donations are on target to reach Carman’s $200,000 goal by his June 18 deadline. Fans are able to donate as little as $1 up to several thousand dollars with commensurate gifts of appreciation from Carman once the campaign is fully funded and the album and music video are recorded and released. Seehttp://www.kickstarter.com/projects/886460906/new-carman-album-and-music-video for all the details.

“I’m so excited about this incredible opportunity we all have through Kickstarter to make something happen as a team and a family,” says Carman to his fans. “Cancer pronounced a death sentence, but you have been life to me, rallying me back into the fight and praying me back to my feet. As one fan said on my Facebook page, ‘Look at what Jesus did in three years.’ So as for you and me, with this new project and us working together, the next three years are going to be a blast.”

In addition to the new music, Carman is determined to not let cancer detract from doing what he does best, sharing the hope of the gospel to live audiences. Touring from coast-to-coast, Carman shares his hit songs alongside his most recent offering, “The Flag,” a compelling anthem that weaves the Pledge of Allegiance into a melodic and inspirational message of pride in America. “The Flag” concept video can be seen now at http://youtu.be/4QDxqlP3Fn0, and Carman’s full schedule can be seen athttp://www.carmanlive.com/.

May 8, 2013

Beloved Author Dallas Willard Dies At 77

 

 

News broke today that beloved Christian author, Dallas Willard, has passed away after being diagnosed with cancer recently. Just days ago it became known that it was revealed that Willard had been battling stage 4 cancer.

Dallas Albert Willard was born on 4 September 1935 and educated at Baylor University, the William Jewell College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Willard garnered legions of loyal fans with his books like The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity Today‘s Book of the Year in 1998), The Spirit of the Disciplines, Hearing God, Renovation of the Heart, and, most recently, The Great Omission.

Tributes have been pouring in across social media:

 

Rick Warren (‏@RickWarren)
A great saint, Dallas Willard,had gone on to heaven. Angels are rejoicing.

Mark Russell (‏@markrusselluk)
Gutted by Dallas Willard’s death. He was a wonderful author and his books always challenged and inspired me

Other fans took to Twitter to express their appreciation for Willard:

Jon Soper ‏(@jonsoper)
Dallas Willard, an exceptional follower of Jesus, died today. Learned so much from him.

Martin Saunders ‏(@martinsaunders)
Oh no, Dallas Willard has died. What an incredible man. His writing has been formational for so many. Sad day

 
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the Willard family during this difficult time.