Story behind the song
“It’s a lie!!” was the reaction of Alfred H. Ackley one Easter Sunday morning in 1932, as he was getting ready to preach in his church in Escondido, California. He was listening to the radio while shaving with a straight razor.
Shepherd Smith of Fox News reported that the crowd could be heard singing “Amazing Grace” at Brussels Airport this week as they stood... Read more
The winds howled as Dottie Rambo walked along a Florida beach among the scattered pieces of driftwood. A small fire, built by her husband, Buck,... Read more
“Music! Where is it coming from?,” asked George Handel as he and his wife, Dorothea, quickly sat up in bed.
It was the middle of the night,... Read more
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are three blessings often mentioned when the idea of thankfulness and the Thanksgiving season arises... Read more
A lone teenager’s masterful poetic message finds it way around the world.
Occasionally, in the search for information concerning the story... Read more
It is an unfortunate turn of events when a young boy is forced to grow up without a loving father. Thus was Robert Robinson’s fate. His dad passed... Read more
“So ignorant was I that I did not know there was a God. My Sundays were spent on the streets (of London) in play.” Those were the words of Edward... Read more
The choir master of the children’s film, “Lion King,” wrote “My Tribute.”
Andrae Crouch was raised in a godly pastor’s home and had the... Read more
Out of the kitchen of a Miami, Florida, home came something far more meaningful than a delicious meal.
Bruce and Ruth Thum were an... Read more
On Aug. 13, 1814, the citizens of Washington, D.C. watched in horror as their city burned. The White House, the Capitol and most of the other... Read more
Many of the American heros who went before us had great faith in Almighty God. Some of them paid inordinate, personal prices as they would cling... Read more
Into intense mental anguish and perplexity, God sent one of our greatest worship songs.
Brian Doerksen, a Canadian, reported, “When I was... Read more
As Memorial Day approaches, our thoughts turn to those who have offered the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy in America. The cost of... Read more
One of my prized possessions as a song historian is a 1977 recorded interview with Thomas A. Dorsey. I learned that in 1899, Dorsey was born into... Read more
“That looks like a sober man, I think I’ll hire him to cut wood for me.” That was said of a man on the streets of Lake Rice, Canada, as he walked... Read more
During a seven-year period, 1997—2003, a song written by Rick Founds was the most often used song, of any kind, in churches across America — and... Read more
When polls are taken to determine the most popular American hymns, invariably near the top of the list is “The Old Rugged Cross.”
It has... Read more
“We are not running a reform school!” This was a message from Dr. R. A. Torrey, in Chicago, to a pastor in Ohio.
More about that later.... Read more
The year 1858 will long be remembered in Philadelphia as the time when tragedy struck, when great spiritual awakening came and when an exciting... Read more
Each time I exit our little community and turn my car toward the oldest city in America, the most notable thing in sight is the St. Augustine... Read more
“He looked a little like a southern colonel with his white mustache and a small flower in his lapel. His extraordinary sense of humor and dry wit... Read more
There are songs that very nearly sing themselves — songs that unite our minds and hearts, and in a matter of minutes transport us to a lofty place... Read more
By age 24, Laurie Brendemuehl had met and married Bill Klein, and the Lord had given them their first child, a little girl. Bill was a student at... Read more
The subject of this story is one of the most popular songs written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. In an interview several years ago, Gloria related... Read more
As you stroll along Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard, you will see a “star” in the 6400 block, placed there in 1978. It is in honor... Read more