Carpool Gospel (‘What He’s Done for Me’)

This is… different! It’s also evidence of the Church growing in all directions, all over the world. Korean Soul, aka Carpool Gospel, singing What He’s Done for Me–and how they get that great sound in a moving car, that beats me.

By Request, ‘Through It All’

Huff-puff… I’ve sweated out my Newswithviews column, so let’s take a hymn request from Susan–Through It All, by Andrae Crouch. Andrae left us for God’s Kingdom in 2015, but his music lives on after him.

‘When the Roll is Called Up Yonder’

Patty’s friend Carol sent us this one–When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, sung by The Chuck Wagon Gang. They’ve been recording gospel movies since the 1930s; this, I believe, is the second generation. The hymn is from 1893.

By Request, ‘O Happy Day’

Requested by “TheWhiteRabbit,” Oh Happy Day, sung by the Northern California Youth Choir directed by Edwin Hawkins–from his 1968 record album. Revel in the harmony. Revel even more in the message.

Johnny Cash, ‘I Saw the Light’

This is from a 1974 Columbo episode called “Swan Song,” guest starring Johnny Cash. Actually it’s a Johnny Cash gospel song from 1966, I Saw the Light–and the lyrics are spot on. The backup is a little overproduced for my taste, but it’s a catchy tune with Johnny Cash’s voice and, most importantly, a solid Christian message.

By Request, ‘Your Grace and Mercy Brought Me Through’

Phoebe, you asked for a rousing version of this hymn, and this is it: Your Grace and Mercy Brought Me Through, sung by the Mississippi Mass Choir. The soloist is the late Frank Williams. I noticed this video has over 4 million views.

Your hymn request came along just in time. I haven’t written up any news today, yet. Maybe I’ll just let the hymn deliver Good News.

You Can’t Drown the Gospel

These, our brothers and sisters in Christ, forced into a shelter by the floods in Texas, have broken into song in praise of the Lord. Now that’s spirit! Thanks, Susan, for calling our attention to this video. These folks have set a great example to us all. Praise the Lord when the chips are down! ‘Cause that’s when you need it most.

Sing it, Mahalia! ‘Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho’

This is the rousing gospel song that’s been on my mind these past two days–and who better to sing it than Mahalia Jackson? Here she is in 1957 on the Nat King Cole Show.

You may want to turn up the volume for this. Yeah, I know, I say that almost all the time. Well, I’m not going to post stuff for which I recommend we turn down the volume, am I? Anyway, here’s one of our national treasures singing a hymn to wake us wide-awake!

‘Be Strong in the Lord’

I don’t know anything about this praise and worship song, other than it was written by Linda Lee Johnson in 1979 and a lot of people seem to like it. Also, it echoes one of my favorite passages of Scripture, Ephesians 6:10-17–which begins:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.