The Old Rugged Cross

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  1. C. L. says:

    Beautiful. I believe I’ve said previously this is a family favorite hymn going back generations. Well, back outside to cutting firewood. I hope I can see through the water in my eyes. Darn sawdust.

  2. Jim22 says:

    Kaoma. He does all parts. How he manages to do that is beautiful. How he gets each one of his reflections on the glass table is magic.

    Here’s another – Amazing Grace:


  3. jacksonsdad says:

    What a gift to be born with an instrument like that. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt what I was meant to contribute.

    A set of pipes like that… what a blessing for him and the world!

  4. rj says:

    Beautiful rendition, I’d bet it was done in a recording studio, accoustic is just too good for a living room.

    That however takes nothing away from his talent.

  5. Jim22 says:

    “Of all the stories I have written for this spot in the past four years, this may be one of the most amazing. I strongly recommend that you first click on this link and listen to this quartet before continuing. In fact, this will open a new page, and you may continue to read while you listen.

    Beautiful, isn’t it? But you’ve heard beautiful quartets before. Possibly not many like this, however…no, those aren’t identical quadruplets. That’s one man.

    His name is Kaoma Chende, and he told me, “I have always loved harmony. I have never had music lessons, but I have always had an ear, and can arrange songs and rearrange.”

    Chende was born in Zambia, the fourth of six children of a now-retired Seventh-day Adventist pastor. He has always loved music. He remembers lying on the floor under the living room table on Friday nights as a small boy, listening to the Kings Heralds on the phonograph. (And if that wasn’t a musical education, what is?)”


    By this time, Chende was living in the United States, in Niles, Michigan. He began to consider other ways of singing the quartet music he loved. Since he has an amazingly wide vocal range, he decided to try recording himself singing all four parts.


    And yes, Kaoma Chende will sing a quartet at your church—you just have to have three big screens for his other three “selves,” while he sings the lead!

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    Our new pastor is about my age and just out of seminary. He was a deacon for 15 years but this is his second career. He is from North Carolina and studied theater.

    We had an eccumenical Good Friday service with the Methodists and Presbyterians in our sanctuary so it was a full house. The telling of the story of the crucifixion by the three pastors in succession each snuffing a candle on the altar after the reading was powerful. I gotta tell you, a preacher with a background in theater is able to tell a moving story. People were weeping.

    Easter this year is going to be awesome.

    • MadBrad says:

      Yes it is and wow, that’s going to be some kind of preaching you have to look forward to.

  7. Dave J says:

    Thanks MB, I needed that this evening. Two of my daughters have been to Zambia on missions trips. I support a effort there called Every Orphan’s Hope. It is extremely well run by a friend of mine. If anyone hereon is inclined to help;

  8. MadBrad says:

    Yes, this music is special to me as well. Until I saw this video I was unfamiliar with this gentleman of his music. Nonetheless, just looking at the thumbnail image of this video on YouTube, having not even listened to this I decided that this was the right version for our Good Friday observances. Johnny and June Carter Cash used to hold this spot year after year. I just decided to do something different this year… or was that simply the Holy Spirit? I’m thinking it was the Holy Spirit that guided this musical selection.

  9. Doug says: