I often wonder why it is that partisan politics so often overtake the American evangelical church. Is it because being a Republican or a Democrat costs us a lot less than being a faithful disciple?
American politics is about “my rights”, while discipleship calls us to die to self and give up our rights. American Politics tells us to be rude to those on the other side, call them names, to avoid all nuance, and yes, even tell lies about them.
Faithful discipleship, on the other hand, calls us love our neighbors (and our enemies) as ourselves and to pray for them daily.
If evangelical Christians really were serious about living God’s Kingdom on earth as in heaven, we would probably stop watching blatantly biased (and often false) news like Fox News and CNN and start seeking more to be formed by scripture and prayer.
We might take more time to listen to our neighbors, to look fear in the eye and say, “My God says FEAR NOT so I will not fear those who are being “othered” in this world!”
May God help us to be people who bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Let our love be Love is patient and kind, not envious, not boastful or prideful. May our love never dishonor others. May our love never be self-seeking or easily angered. May our love be like our forgiveness, keeping no record of wrongs. May our Love not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth.
Let our love always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere, for love never fails.
Prophecies will cease, tongues will be stilled, and knowledge will pass away, political parties and all nations will all pass away, but when when love is completed and perfected, it will never end.
I am so pleased to announce that Brothers McClurg will be joining me for the official release concert of my new album, THUNDER. The concert will be hosted at the prestigious John Legend Theater in Springfield Ohio on February 22nd. Brothers McClurg will open the concert and serve as my backing band as we play through the album live for the first time together since the recording studio.
Brothers McClurg’s legacy of music and ministry spans three generations and has a rich heritage of serving local churches. What started out as two bands fronted by brothers Anthony and Chris Hoisington, has turned into a group of Christian brothers who share a desire to see lives changed through worship. Hailing from Buffalo, the band has brought warmth and hope to an area known for its frigid winters, as well as its depressed economy–now making national headlines for as upswing.
The John Legend Theater opened in the fall of 2016 to serve the Springfield City School District and the Springfield community.
The John Legend Theater is located within the Springfield Center of Innovation: The Dome in Springfield’s Promise Neighborhood, where there is a real opportunity to make a positive difference in young people’s lives.
The concert will start at 7:30PM on February 22nd.
Tickets are $15 a person.
Groups who buy 5 tickets and get one free.
Expect a full evening of music where I’ll be playing the entire new album live. We will also be giving away signed copies of Thunder on CD and on Vinyl to ticket holders whose names are drawn.
Seating is limited so call the box office to reserve your tickets today at (937) 505-2945.
Tickets are also available online but online orders will incur a $2.00 service fee so we recommend calling or visiting the box office in person. The only way to get the 6th ticket free is by calling.
I hope you can join me for a wonderful evening of celebration.
Billboard, CBN, TBN, Charisma, More Highlight Album,
Documentary Featured In 700-Plus Theaters
Multi-GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning Russ Taff releases his debut praise and worship album, Believe, today (Nov. 2) from Sweetwater Studios, a division of Sweetwater Sound, and with global distribution from The Fuel Music. The album is available now at physical and digital retailers everywhere, and through the link https://the-fuel-music.lnk.to/RUSSTAFFBELIEVE.
His first new album in over seven years, the full-circle, 12-song project produced by Phil Naish and Mark Hornsby features new recordings of the hits for which Taff is best-loved, including classics “We Will Stand” and the lead single “I Still Believe,” with the latter song taking on a whole new meaning for the artist. “It meant the world to me back when I was struggling trying to find my way and I was screaming at the sky, but today it’s a joyous anthem. I’m up here singing again for Jesus. I survived.”
Believe also features Taff’s signature vocals on worship favorites like “Your Love Never Fails,” “No Longer Slaves,” “Be Still My Soul” and “Same Power” alongside “Don’t Try So Hard” with multi-platinum, GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant, “Isn’t The Name” with strings recorded at the legendary studio, Abbey Road, and “I Am” with three-time GRAMMY® nominee David Crowder.
“Russ Taff is a legend! His music has filled my ears for a long time,” says Crowder. “Standing and singing ‘I AM holding onto you in the middle of the storm’ alongside Russ is one of life’s greatest memories. Thanks for the gift man!”
Russ Taff is pictured with David Crowder while at Sweetwater Studios for the recording of “I Am” featured on Taff’s new album, Believe.
Russ and Tori Taff are pictured with Gov. Mike Huckabee on the set of “Huckabee,” where the couple was featured Oct. 27.
Photo credit: Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Featured recently on Billboard, TBN’s “Huckabee,” CBN’s “The 700 Club,” Charisma and many more media outlets internationally, Taff has devoted his life to sharing the gospel. In a career filled with great music, this landmark album spotlights not only his incredible voice, but the heart behind it.
“I want to remind people that he’s God. We can trust him,” Taff shares. “We can take our cares and lay them at his feet, and he will take them. We’re not fighting alone. He cares about every aspect of our lives. When I’m troubled, I just get off by myself and I sing worship songs just to him. After a little bit, I start feeling better because I feel Him. I’m reminded that he’s there. No matter what I’m walking through, he’s always there.”
Released just prior to his new album, the feature-length “Russ Taff: I Still Believe” documentary premiered in over 700 theaters nationally for one-night only event Oct. 30. The film chronicles his musical journey and behind-the-scenes battle with alcoholism, the childhood trauma he suffered at the hands of an alcoholic father and abusive mother, the undying, 42-year love story with his wife Tori, and his ultimate embrace of God’s healing and restoration.
Featuring such legendary artists and entertainers as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, MercyMe’s Bart Millard, Newsboys’ Michael Tait, Bill Gaither, Mark Lowry and Chonda Pierce, theater audiences also had the opportunity to view a special acoustic performance by Taff and multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning Steven Curtis Chapman immediately following the film.
Hailed by Billboard magazine as “the single most electrifying voice in Christian music,” Russ Taff has garnered six GRAMMY® Awards and 18 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame an unprecedented three times—as a soloist, as well as a member of The Imperials and the Gaither Vocal Band—Taff is also a member of the Christian Music Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Walk of Fame. He has recorded 11 solo albums to date, including industry benchmarks Medals (1985), Russ Taff (1987) and Under Their Influence (1991). From rock giants Kings of Leon to Millard, Tait and many others, Taff’s influence is felt throughout the music world.
About Sweetwater Studios:
Sweetwater Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sweetwater Sound, Inc., the largest online music instrument retailer in the country. With three world-class studios designed by Russ Berger and access to a greater diversity of musical equipment and professional audio gear than any other recording studio in the world, Sweetwater Studios is able to accommodate just about any recording, mixing or mastering project, no matter how simple or complex. With renowned staff producer Mark Hornsby at the helm, who has worked on many Grammy and Dove-award winning albums, Sweetwater Studios also has an exceptional staff of producers, engineers, session musicians and studio technicians. For more information on Sweetwater Studios, please visit http://www.sweetwaterstudios.com.
About The Fuel Music:
Established in 2008, The Fuel Music & Management, LLC, is a leading artist management and artist solutions company that independently distributes music internationally. Based in Nashville, TN, the Fuel team brings nearly 70 years of combined music industry experience in record label operations, major label distribution and marketing, and artist management for artists ranging from upstart bands to GRAMMY Award nominated, multi-platinum artists. More information on the company can be found at http://www.thefuelmusic.com