A mountain out of a Hemphill
Well, the hills are alive with the sound of Joel Hemphill claiming that Jesus was not God in the flesh. Quelle scandal. I’ve been traveling and haven’t had time to sort through all of this sufficient for a post of its own. But in the meantime, let’s put to rest an idea that was succinctly floated by revpaul and will probably tend to gather more steam if this thing comes to a boil (and I suspect it will, if history is any teacher around here):
I love Joel and Labreeska both, but I think he has seriously damaged his own career with this work.
Damaged his career? If we’re talking about any time since 1990, when the Hemphills came off the road, what career was that exactly? The one where he and Labreeksa and her hair sat in the third row, off to the right of Donnie Sumner and Ladye Smith in the Gaither videos? The Hemphills haven’t exactly been selling out nationwide for some time now, and while Hemphill has continued to write songs since the family stopped touring, even that part of his gospel career has fallen off sharply from his heyday in the 70s and 80s (The Gaither Vocal Band’s “Jesus Said It’s Enough” is the last major song I can recall Hemphill having written, though correct me if I’m wrong). Thus I find it hard to believe that this book or whatever theological controversies (or “controversies”) it may contain will damage his gospel music career (as opposed to his reputation), since that’s more or less over even if he and his wife still book dates that may include some singing.
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