The Gospel Expressed
Through the Arts
From TheEditor n BY GAIL REID
God’s promises come alive through musical performance.
For the first time in Canada, this year’s Covenant Awards for Canadian gospel music will be televised. Viewers across the country will experience the best of a wide variety of sound, expression and deep Christian faith on Crossroads Television. This year’s nominations include an eclectic variety of rap, rhythm and blues, alternate rock, soul and other worship expressions – all of them acknowledging and most often worshipping God
through their music.
Our cover story, “Gospel Music Making a Difference” by Jeff Dewsbury, will
take you closer to the artists and the
industry within this sector of ministry.
Some will be surprised at the variety of
musical talent and artistic expression.
These performers have had to overcome
many challenges – including the vast
geography we inhabit. Yet it seems God has used even that
to bring these talented people closer to Himself.
Musicians will tell you the inspiration for songwriting
can be a mysterious process. In “The Shape of Things to
Come,” singer-songwriter Steve Bell draws us into the book
of Isaiah and the journey which led him to the music and
lyrics for “Miracles.”
Church musicians in particular deal with many unseen
challenges that can influence the quality of a worship ser-
vice. Dennis Hassell, scriptwriter, performer and consult-
ant, offers some practical lessons in “The Art of Worship.”
Whether you are planning a Christmas pageant or a simple
play for toddlers, this article can help you focus on the de-
tails that make a difference. And it will make you smile.
tell you the
be a mysterious
GAiL rEiD is managing editor of Faith Today and
director of publishing and resourcing for
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.
Vol. 30 No 6
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