SEVEN-TIME DOVE AWARD NOMINEE TODD AGNEW TO APPEAR ON TV’S ‘BRIDGES’
Chart-Topping Singer/Songwriter & Worship Leader Performs Songs from His New CD, From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (October 24, 2017) – Chart-topping, seven-time Dove Award-nominated singer, songwriter and worship leader Todd Agnew was in Nashville recently, taping an episode of the Christian Television Network’s (CTN) popular lifestyle magazine show, Bridges, with host Monica Schmelter. During the show, Agnew performed the songs, “Glory to Our Great Redeemer” and “Grace Like Rain” from his new album, From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew.
The episode featuring Agnew is scheduled to air on Thursday, October 26, at 9:30 a.m. and again that evening at 8:30 p.m. CST. Bridges is broadcast on CTN affiliate WHTN-TV in the Middle Tennessee region, where the show can be viewed via Charter on Channel 10, Comcast on Channels 21 and 1021, and local antenna on Channel 39. It can also be viewed on Dish on Channel 39, and online via ctntv.org/livestream at the days and times listed above.
“I’ve been a Todd Agnew fan for many years,” says Schmelter. “It was incredible to meet him and hear his heart on worship. I know our viewers will be excited to hear Todd’s latest project, From Grace to Glory.”
“It was a joy to be able to share my heart and my music with Monica and the staff and crew of Bridges,” says Agnew. “I appreciate their boldness and willingness to dig into difficult issues. It’s really conducive for encouraging conversations about faith.”
A steady buzz has been surrounding Agnew’s new project since the release of the first single, “Glory to Our Great Redeemer.” Called a “spine tingling new hymn” by UK publication CrossRhythms, the single has gained traction at Christian Soft A/C and INSP radio formats, recently showing up as one of the Most Added songs on Billboard’s Christian Soft A/C chart, and landing in the Top Ten on both the Christian Music Weekly’s (CMW) Worship and INSP charts. Another song from the new project, “When Love Comes to Town” (Agnew’s U2 Cover from the benefit album, In the Name of Love: Artists United for Africa) recently landed in the Top Ten on the CMW Country Chart.\
Agnew’s studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (where he is nearing completion of his Masters degree) led him to pen “Glory to Our Great Redeemer.” The song reflects Agnew’s deepening spiritual, theological, and musical maturity through the process of getting married, embracing fatherhood, moving to Texas and delving deeper into the formal study of God’s Word at seminary.
“The song talks about ransom, redemption, adoption and more,” Agnew explains. “Our worship grows deeper as we understand more fully all God has done on our behalf.”
To support the release of Todd’s new CD, “From Grace to Glory,” Ardent Records will underwrite Todd’s travel to the following ten markets for concerts performed before the end of 2017: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, and Tulsa.
Contact Scott Huie at H20 Artist Agency to schedule Todd for a concert or speaking event by phone at 615-454-3635 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIBLE STUDY FOR “GLORY TO OUR GREAT REDEEMER”
“But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.”
– Romans 2:5
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
– Romans 3:23-26
When you write a song, oftentimes you have good people around you who chime in with thoughts you haven’t thought and points of view you haven’t viewed. Considering “Glory to our Great Redeemer” was supposed to be a congregational worship song, a few of the original lyrics were absolutely unsingable. So, I am grateful to my friends for pointing this out. However, one friend also asked if I was sure I wanted to sing about God’s wrath, especially in the chorus. You see, the third line of the chorus says, “The wrath of God poured out and satisfied.” The wrath of God is not a popular worship theme. You can probably count all the wrath of God songs in the CCLI Top 100 on one hand. Shocking, right?
Now, please don’t assume that I am criticizing the songs in our worship catalog because they don’t address the wrath of God much. I’m not. I haven’t written any of those songs either. And plus, I know a lot of those writers and I can trust that they are writing about what God wants them to be writing about. But this time, it was an issue I could not steer away from. It is too valuable in our consideration of our redemption in Christ. It is too valuable for me personally.
“For all have sinned….” This is one of the first verses I learned as a kid, and I have never doubted it. One look at the world around me or one look in the mirror was enough to convince me. So it wasn’t hard for me to believe that I needed to be justified by his grace. But where does wrath come in?
God is righteous and holy. Sin is a direct offense against his righteousness and holiness. So God actually cannot hold back his wrath for our sin and still be just, still be holy. For God to overlook sin would require a change in his character. It would require for him not to be holy or righteous. So God’s perfect and right response to sin is wrath.
However, in his mercy, God chose not only to expend his wrath but also to receive it. I heard this word “propitiation” many times growing up. But I didn’t understand it until later. One explanation is that a propitiation is something that stands in the way, specifically of wrath. A theological definition is an appeasement of wrath by sacrifice. God chose to appease his own wrath by the sacrifice of his own and only son, Jesus. Jesus stood in the way of God’s wrath. It was wrath I deserved for my sins. In this way, God was both just in his wrath and the justifier by taking wrath I deserved, making it possible for me to be justified.
A couple of years ago, I heard a preacher say, “Some of you feel like God is angry at you because of your sins.” And of course, I agreed with him. Why wouldn’t God be angry? I was mad about my sins. My parents were mad about my sins. So God must be mad about my sin. But as we’ve seen, that’s not really how it works. Fortunately the preacher continued, “God is not angry at you. He poured out all his wrath on his son at the cross and there is none left over for you.” I wanted to disagree with him. It didn’t sound right or fair. But I knew he was correct. Jesus did not die on the cross to take some of God’s wrath while God saved a little parcel for me and my mistakes in 2017. No, Elvina Hall said it right when she wrote “Jesus Paid It All.”
So, you see I had to write about wrath. Because the fact that Jesus received wrath that I deserve is good news. It is the gospel. It allows me to have resurrected life and a relationship with the father. It is one of many reasons we sing, “Glory to our Great Redeemer.”
Todd’s new worship song, “Glory to Our Great Redeemer,” is this week’s featured song at DiscoverWorship.com, an online subscription service for worship leaders and choir directors. Read Todd’s interview here and consider becoming a member to download charts and tracks for this and other fine songs.
Here on release day for the new record, I thought it was time to share the story of this record. It’s a compilation record but not exactly a greatest hits. More like some hits and some other songs we wish you knew about. And a couple of new songs. It came out today (Friday May 26), so you should be able to find it where you buy music (iTunes, Amazon, wherever). So here’s the story…
I assumed the story of From Grace to Glory would be a story of songs. But it turns out it is really a story of people. It’s the story of one man and one God who goes to extreme lengths in loving that man. It’s a story of families: first, the Agnews adopting a baby, giving him parents and then a sister, then the McKinneys and the Carrolls opening their homes and families in new towns, and now a new generation of Agnews, learning to love and be loved by a wife and two awesome kids. It’s a story of friends willing to love and support the life and ministry of someone who is not a very good friend in return. It’s a story of people across cities, states, countries and continents—all a part of the story God is telling through my life and ministry.
The story of the creation of the record Grace Like Rain is really the story of a church in the Woodlands providing a time of healing and a church in Memphis partnering with me as we all learned ministry. The song Grace is the story of a dear friendship with Chris Collins as we learned what it meant to lead God’s people in worship. The Thunder Song (as most people called it) was my story of an encounter with God (specifically Psalm 29), but ended up as the story of a group of young adults learning to worship in Memphis. But the story of how Grace Like Rain got out into the world included a whole other cast of characters: Dana and Ardent, Vince and VLW, Greg and GOA, Eddie and Newsong. And God’s grace poured out from each of their lives into mine.
Reflection was the story of a past and a present. An adoption story reflected my own parents and sister. Worship stories came from years with Highpoint. Music came from all over, but especially from Memphis. Those musicians shaped me. And Hampton shaped the record. Then the Nashville team, Josh Peterson and everyone at INO, believed not only in the record but in My Jesus specifically. Those years and those songs would have never happened without my new family on the road: Wilson, Chu, Cody, Rob, and Farns. New friends joined us on tours and old friends loved us at home.
Do You See What I See was itself a story, a story of the first Christmas. I still remember starting to tell the story to the Rivers that first year. Then going home to Memphis and sharing the story with John Fry. How crazy to have a label that said, “We may not make any money, but this is what God is doing right now.” DYSWIS was the story of friends who joined with me to tell a story.
Better Questions allowed me to explore a lot of tough topics. They were the songs I never thought I’d share with anyone. They are the stories we don’t like to tell. Once again, Ardent made the record possible, but a lot of hurting believers across the world brought the ministry to life.
Need is the story of making a record when you don’t feel confident enough about your life to write about it. I was newly married and I loved my wife, but I didn’t feel I had anything worthwhile to say about marriage. Or about being a dad. The only thing I knew was I desperately needed God to do these things. So I turned back to old trusted friends; some of them were people, some were hymns. And my wife pointed out how powerful songs could be when they said the name of Jesus.
And How To Be Loved was the story of being married and being a dad. Because that story was the same as the first story. It was still the story of God loving me, of God showing his grace to me. He had redeemed my soul and he was recreating my life. He loved me through them. And new friends helped me tell the story.
And now, the story continues. DTS is a big part of it. Visible is a part of it. Not the institutions but the people, the professors, the students. Drs. Glahn and Jones and Horrell and Kreider. Small group: Kent, Joshua, Stephen, Bryan, and Shane. The new songs owe a lot to Quimby and the Jeremys in addition to old partners Dave and Kim. I co-wrote one of the new songs with Chris Collins; so, that circle is continuing. And now Ardent is moving forward with Pat, Ryan, and others. These people shape me, my wife and my kids most of all. They are God’s grace to me. And I continue to try to write and live for his glory.