NQC 2016: Thursday Night Recap

11278Thursday night of the NQC is over.  The music was very good tonight, but the night nearly ruined by the biggest miss of the entire week.

  • It was like a hit parade tonight.  Many artists decided to do entire sets of some of their biggest hits.
  • Gold City had an entire set of classic Gold City songs.  The Perrys decided to use all hit singles in their set. Add Jeff & Sheri Easter to that list.  A ton of great music.
  • Josh Townsend, pianist for LeFevre Quartet, was styling tonight in that jacket and he also pulled off an awesome piano solo.
  • Congrats to Ronny Hinson for finally being inducted in to the Southern Gospel hall of fame.  Long overdue.
  • The back to back sets of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and the Nelons provided some awesome music.  Karen Peck joining Kelly Nelon on “You Can’t Make Old Friends” was a special moment.
  • I’ve always loved Squire Parsons composition, “King Of Eternity”.  The Kingdom Heirs (trio) did a fantastic job on that particular number tonight.
  • The Taylors capped off a great night of music with a solid three song set.

  • There is only one miss tonight, but it is the biggest of the week.  Why do individuals feel the need to spew their political views?  A certain preacher had to hock a new book to tell us how horrible America is and tell us that we have to vote for a certain candidate who for the last year has also been telling crowds how horrible America is.  Putting your trust in an individual that will ultimately go down as the worst presidential candidate in the history of this nation is not something you should be proclaiming to large crowds of people.  When are individuals like this going to realize not everyone thinks the way they do.  Everyone (yes even evangelicals) will not vote the same way.  That is what it means to be American.  We are free to differ on issues but in no way is it ok for anyone (especially in his position) to tell another how to vote and by not voting the way they say is wrong/bad and somehow the nation is doomed.  If you want to live in that kind of country, go to Russia.

 

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “I’m Getting Ready To Leave This World” – LeFevre Quartet  (2) “Praise His Name” – Jeff & Sheri Easter  (3) “There Rose A Lamb” – Gold City  (4) “Keep On” – Perrys  (5) “Redeemed” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound  (6) “I Think I’ll Read It Again” – Nelons  (7) “A Moment Of Grace” – Booth Brothers  (8) “King Of Eternity” – Kingdom Heirs (**Favorite song performance of the evening)  (9) “He Won’t Fail You” – Taylors

Best Set of the Night:  There were several contenders tonight but I had to give it to the group that was high energy from start to finish; Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.

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12 thoughts on “NQC 2016: Thursday Night Recap

  1. People ‘spew their political views’ because it is their right and freedom as an American. For some reason, a mindset has evolved in which the only group that must remain silent in their political/social views are conservatives/’Christians’. So, I’m not surprised to see commentary that admonishes political views being spoken at a ‘Christian’ event like NQC. While NQC attendees are largely uber conservative in their political views, there are definitely those in attendance and watching online that have very liberal political convictions…and they have every right to hold to those individual views and speak them at will. Those with varying views can also take a walk to the exhibit hall or turn off the online stream if views or opinions spoken onstage aggravate or offend them. Additionally, they can choose not to support NQC by refusing to attend or purchase the online stream. But under no circumstance should anyone be disallowed to speak their views, no matter the stage or place. Case in point, I HIGHLY disagreed with commentary on this blog recently concerning a social issue, but I have not attacked, nor attempted to shut the commentary down. Why, because the blogger has the right to his/her opinion…just as I have the right to write or speak mine at will…even though I’m an offensive bible-believing conservative Christian! 😉

    1. Scott,
      I have no problem someone expressing their political views, but lets make sure it is about issues and not about if the candidate as a (R) or (D) behind their name. There is a time and place for everything and a music event is not the place for it. I paid to hear music, not attend a political rally. I would have called out the speaker if they would have tried to convince the crowd they needed to vote for their liberal principles. And the entire purpose of the statement was the speaker attempting to tell individuals how to vote or that they needed to vote a certain way. Not ok.

      1. The ‘time and the place’ comment is your personal opinion…one that you absolutely have a right to hold, but your opinion nevertheless. It comes down to who plays judge and jury to decide when the time and place for political commentary is acceptable. In my personal convictions, I cannot separate my faith from my political views. I have chosen not to apply for non-profit religious status for my ministry because I will not be told by the government what I can and cannot say politically under the guise of the misused and misinterpreted ‘Separation of Church & State’ ideal. I fully believe that last night’s social/political commentary chapped you terribly because you disagreed with the views and didn’t want to hear them. Had views been spoken to support your blog’s social issues commentary from a couple of weeks ago, I seriously doubt that such critical commentary would have been in your review…thought that’s only my speculation and easy for you to deny at this point. I reserve the right to be wrong in my assumptions. As for how to handle situations like last night, refer to my options for remedy in my first comment…

      2. Scott, you can believe that because as you have said you have every right to do so. But I would have called out political views on either side, that is not what I paid to see. And you seem to miss the whole point of my original commentary. Do you believe it is ok for someone, in the position he is in, to tell another how they should cast their vote?

  2. In short…absolutely! I have no issue at all for a person called by God to deliver a message of instruction on anything, including voting, unless that persons views/instruction is in contradiction of God’s word. The hearer of the message/instruction can then do with it as he/she wishes, in the name of freedom. In this pastor’s case, he specifically identified/admitted that neither candidate is ‘like us’, as he put it. But he spoke his convictions about the shaping of a Supreme Court that will make decisions concerning issues that should be dear to the Christ followers. And he spoke his conviction that one candidate will shape the court in a manner that will be contradictory/adversary to the Christian faith (hence, the ‘against us’ commentary). Again, after hearing such a message, we all personally decide what to do with it. I have heard messages given that tell me that if I’m not tolerant of ungodly, unbiblical stances on social issues that I am a horrible bigot…and yet those messages do not change or alter my convictions or mindset. So again, in short, the pastor absolutely has a right to share his views on which candidate votes should be cast for. If his position bothers you, then it should also bother you for CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Hollywood and President Obama, with their positions of influence, to be campaigning for a candidate. I believe that the gagging/silencing of Christian leadership in the political area is bigotry in its most natural form.

    1. So are you saying that conservative evangelicals can’t make up their own mind and need to be told how to vote? And if you’re relying on the mainstream media to tell you how to vote then there are bigger issues at hand. The only individuals that should be convincing you how to vote are the candidates themselves.

      1. This will be my last comment in this thread…purely because I don’t think I can say anything more than I’ve already said. You obviously have your slant and conviction…and I definitely do as well. The dead horse has been beaten. If you feel a great need to go further, hit my email. I guess my last question, based on the bitterness that you have towards Bro. Jeremiah’s tyrannical demands for the attendees to do as he instructed, or else! (I say that tongue in cheek, because it simply did not go down like that) Do you do everything you are ‘told’ to do? Blessings…

      2. Scott,
        Just having an open dialogue. It is important to understand that not everyone, even evangelicals, will slant toward the (R) in their political leanings and may vote for (D) or even (L). None of this has a basis on whether that individual is a Christian. It is ok to agree to disagree. Thanks for your input.

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