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2008: This Year in Christian Music - Part 1

This is the first of a two-part series chronicling Christian music’s major moments of 2008. From “CCM in Cyberspace” to “Skillet Scores Its First Dove” to “Amy Grant’s Lead Me On Remastered,” the stories were big and worthy of reflection.

Family Worship in 2009

Real World Worship

When it comes to creating music, David Crowder has always been one of those artists who seems to be in perpetual motion. In fact, Crowder told Gospel Music Channel that he’s already got his next—not one—but two projects planned.

  • Christa A. Banister |
  • January 07, 2009 |
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Music Critics' Picks 2008

So many albums. So little time. Which music projects were worth listening to this past year? CCMmagazine.com’s editorial team offers their top choices for the best faith-based albums of 2008.

What are We Singing: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

As you are hear this song and the jubilant gong of Christmas bells, remember that no matter the turmoil or strife, there is One who has come, and he has brought with him great peace.

  • Eva Marie Everson |
  • December 20, 2008 |
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Against Music*

Would you be able to function in a church that’s great in every way except the music?

Grant's Christmas Collection a Definitive Compilation

Amy Grant’s The Christmas Collection is a definitive compilation. Thoughtful sequencing, new packaging and notes and sensitive mastering create a seamless archive that now sound even fresher than the originals.

Camp Continues Growth on Speaking Louder Than Before

No matter what the topic, Jeremy Camp once again grows as a writer and vertically-focused entertainer whose continuously developing testimony is just as inspiring as the reflections sewn across Speaking Louder Than Before.

Bless This House

As we sing our praises this Thanksgiving we will include a song. It is most often heard during Thanksgiving but in our lives it is a year round favorite.

  • Lucy Neeley Adams |
  • November 26, 2008 |
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Hillsong United: The Point of Difference

For the songs and music of Hillsong United to be recognized more and more, worship leader/songwriter Joel Houston actually admits, “Songwriting can be like swinging your arms recklessly,” never quite knowing where the punch will land.

  • Jackie A. Chapman |
  • November 22, 2008 |
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Michael W. Smith: Going Global

Michael W. Smith has trotted the globe to witness firsthand the plights of the impoverished. It has granted him the inspiration for A New Hallelujah, an epic musical experience recorded before 12,000 worshippers earlier this year.

Ray and Clay are Gay. How Should Christians Respond?

Singer/songwriter Brian Bates has been candid about struggling with homosexuality early in his life. He offers this editorial in response to questions from fans about the revelations of fellow artists Ray Boltz and Clay Aiken.

A Soulful Collection Extended on Mandisa’s Christmas

After last year’s Christmas Joy EP, Mandisa extends her holiday offerings this year on the full-length It’s Christmas. Three of the same songs pop up, but there are plenty of additional tracks in this soulful collection.

Year of the Open Door

A moving testimony reminds us that we can lead our loved ones to the door of the church, but they are the ones who must choose to enter, and remain.

Reformation Day: A Mighty Fortress is Our God

The protests that were publicly nailed to the Wittenberg Cathedral door on October 31, 1517 began the most dramatic reform within Christianity—one that also prompted their author to also pen a hymn of bold affirmation of our mighty God.

  • Lucy Neeley Adams |
  • October 25, 2008 |
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Great Gospel on the Horizon

What’s the latest on the gospel horizon? New projects including Deitrick Haddon’s Revealed, Darwin Hobbs’ Free, Mary Mary’s The Stand and Heather Headley’s debut gospel CD due out later this year.

Reconnecting With ... The Jesus Music Era

Ten of the top performers from the Jesus Music era recently came together for the double CD/double DVD box set, The Beginnings Concert. It comprises a select group of legendary artists singing classic songs of its generation.

Defining Worship, Part 3: Worship as Encounter

As we walk through the doors of our meeting place on Sunday morning, are we thinking about friends we need to catch up with or how we can't wait to watch the game that afternoon?

Millard Repeats Classic Format on Hymned Again

It’s not every day a multi-platinum selling “ccm” artist sidesteps his worldwide career to release a hymns record. But MercyMe’s Bart Millard has taken the time to do just that, again, with Hymned Again.

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