Ray Boltz Comes Out | Liveblog | Christianity Today

Ray Boltz Comes Out | Liveblog | Christianity Today

Ray Boltz Comes Out
Mark Moring

Ray Boltz, who sold about 4.5 million records before retiring from Christian music a few years ago, came out of the closet Friday to announce that he’s gay.

In an interview with the gay magazine The Washington Blade, Boltz said he came out to his family and some close friends in December 2004, but only now decided to go public with the news.

“I’d denied it ever since I was a kid,” Boltz, 55, told the magazine. “I became a Christian, I thought that was the way to deal with this and I prayed hard and tried for 30-some years and then at the end, I was just going, ‘I’m still gay. I know I am.’ And I just got to the place where I couldn’t take it anymore … when I was going through all this darkness, I thought, ‘Just end this.’”

One reason Boltz decided to come out now might be because he’s performing Sunday at Jesus Metropolitan Community Church in Indianapolis, and then next Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C. Both congregations are a part of a denomination that embraces the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
Boltz is perhaps best known for his song “Thank You,” about a dream in which a Christian thanks the Sunday school teacher who led him to Jesus. It was the GMA song of the year in 1990. Other Boltz hits include “Watch the Lamb,” “The Anchor Holds,” and “I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb.” (see rest of article)

Josh Baer sings with the Charlotte Symphony!

Our good friend won a contest to see who would sing the “Star Spangled Banner” with the Charlotte Symphony for the 4th of July concert.

Josh is a graduate of Southeastern FWB College and Bob Jones University . He is the music minister and associate pastor at Cramerton FWB Church in Cramerton, NC.

Here are some links to the contest and to Josh Baer’s entry and successful audition.

 www.gastongazette.com

http://www.charlottesymphony.org/emailclub/sing.htm

Here he is singing


National Anthem with Charlotte Symphony from Golf Guy on Vimeo

Hey man! Congratulations again!

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Deep worship that reaches the unchurched by Rick Warren

Is he waffling ? You decide.

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Although unbelievers cannot truly worship, they can watch believers worship. They can observe the joy that we feel. They can see how we value God’s Word and how we respond to it.” Rick Warren At Saddleback we believe worship services can be deep, meaningful, and accessible to the unchurched. Your church members shouldn’t have to choose between whole-heartedly worshiping God and having a place where they can bring their unbelieving friends to have the Gospel presented to them.