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Kirk Franklin’s Father’s Day

Kirk Franklin is a phenomenally successful and beloved musician. I’ve been a fan since 1993. Songs from his debut album, are all-time favorites and on my regular gospel inspiration rotation. Since 1993, he has produced fifteen albums, several with five named groups. His latest album, Father’s Day was released on October 6, 2023.  Shortly before the album’s release, Kirk released a short documentary by the same name. Watch it here:

Father’s Day: A Kirk Franklin Story

His documentary is very poignant and sad. As expected, with a focus on abandonment and adoption, his pain is palpable.

Three things came to mind while watching.

  • 1. What is it about people who grow up fending for themselves that lead to extraordinary lives?
  • 2. What is his mother’s story? It’s clear he doesn’t know the half of it.
  • 3. Does he really believe he hasn’t learned love in all these years with the anointing his music has?

Despite his tremendous success, Kirk says he has always been the most insecure man in the room because he has never known the love of his mother or father.

I don’t discount that. I certainly understand him. However, I know that love cannot flow from a place where love does not exist. His music is pure love and joy. Deeply so. He specifies that he has never been able to receive love. He gives a lot, but he’s not taking it in. Profound and sad.

Know that you are blessed as you are. Continue to be blessed as you go.

Somebody’s Son by Kirk Franklin
Needs by Kirk Franklin
All Things by Kirk Franklin

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Songs that held me together in 2022

Zach Williams’s music has been my soundtrack for at least the last three years. And I had no idea until a few months ago. He wrote and performed songs that seemed to pull my heart out and wring the tears directly from it. His voice is rich and soulful and his writing is soul therapy. If you haven’t enjoyed his music yet, do yourself a favor and listen to his last three albums.

Along this thought train, I want to share a smaller volume of songs that have ministered to me over the last year. Here are my top picks from K-Love’s rotation plus one from elsewhere. Be blessed as you go.

My playlist on Amazon Music: 2022 Songs that Held Me Together

Amazon playlist: January 2023 favorites
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2020 Times Square Church Holiday Event Calendar

Times Square Church Holiday Event Calendar – all virtual live streams and possible replays. I’ve enjoyed every performance I’ve attended at this church. May you also be enriched by the wonderful messages of the season.

TSC Calendar

Friday, December 18, 2020

A Youth Night Christmas

Times Square Youth


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Sunday, December 20, 2020 | Facebook | YouTube


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Thursday, December 24, 2020 

Silent Night: A Christmas Journey

An Original TSC Film


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Thursday, December 31, 2020 | Facebook | YouTube


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