Kirk Franklin Making “God Famous” and Dodging “Rocks”

“These are shaky times,” says Christian gospel, R&B, rap, pop, and hip-hop artist Kirk Franklin. “I’m praying and hoping maybe one thing that I’ve said, from somebody who came from nothing, could maybe still give just a little bit of hope that it can get better.” More →

CHR Comment: This interview describes the career of Evangelical Gospel artist Kirk Franklin, his place at the edge of Christian music, and his welcome to the center through the Billy Graham crusades and the first platinum Gospel album. Franklin was raised Baptist.

Source: Kirk Franklin | July 8, 2016 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS

Christian Musician, Craig Strickland, Died from Hypothermia

Backroad Anthem shared an emotional tribute to their lead singer on Facebook.

CHR Comment: A sad story about a young church musician who was having success in the country/rock band, Backroad Anthem. The article describes how the band started after members met at church. The congregations affected are Cross Church, a family of Baptist congregations in Arkansas (see second link below). The Fayetteville congregation is apparently where the band members met. The Springdale congregation appears to be the home church for the Stricklands. Lord, have mercy.

Source: Wife: Craig Strickland died from hypothermia

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