+How long has SGMusic been around? What’s your story?
Sovereign Grace Music is an outgrowth of the family of churches known as Sovereign Grace Ministries. In 1984 we produced our first cassette, Mighty God. Around that time, we started looking for a way to distribute songs that Mark Altrogge, Steve & Vikki Cook, and Bob Kauflin were writing for congregational worship. Steve Cook produced 16 song service tapes of about 8 songs each for that purpose. That led to nine Come & Worship CDs which were higher budget and had about 10 songs each. We also recorded three albums with Word’s HeartCry label in the mid-90s, produced by Steve Cook, Paul Mills, and Cheryl Rogers. Around 2003 we started recording albums that were more theme-based. Although Bob Kauflin is the current Director of Sovereign Grace Music, we're indebted to Bo Lotinsky who faithfully, strategically, and
creatively sought to develop Sovereign Grace Music for many years. All in all, we’ve produced over 35 albums. Lord willing, there will be many more!
+Every Sovereign Grace Music album seems to emphasize strong theological content. What has driven your decision to produce music like this?
God gave us singing as one way of expressing our love and devotion to Him. But it’s more than that. Singing enables us to learn, rehearse, remember, and respond to the truths of who God is and what He’s done, especially in sending Jesus Christ to redeem us. One of the primary reasons God commands us to sing to him is so that his Word might fill our hearts and our minds. Colossians 3:16 says it like this: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” While singing isn’t the only way we teach and admonish one another when we gather, it certainly is one of the ways God intends that to happen. It’s also clear from the Psalms that words are more critical in our praise of God than the music we use. Otherwise God would have given us an accompanying soundtrack. The emotional fire of our singing needs doctrinal fuel. That’s why theology is important in the songs we sing. (no, we didn't copy and paste that from Worship Matters…)