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SBC DIGEST: Lifeway worship song features sounds from space; Boswell to be nominated as Pastors’ Conference treasurer

New worship anthem features NASA sounds from space

By Aaron Wilson

NASHVILLE (BP) – A star-studded ensemble of celestial bodies adorns a new worship anthem celebrating the God of creation.

Telescopic photography of deep space, captured and licensed by NASA, visually adorns the new choral anthem “Count the Stars,” which features the electromagnetic “voices” of planets, stars and galaxies. Photo provided by Lifeway Worship

“Count the Stars,” produced by Lifeway Worship, features the electromagnetic “voices” of planets, stars and galaxies. The authentic audio recordings captured and licensed by NASA, provide an audio background to the anthem, while telescopic NASA photographs of deep space visually adorn the piece.

Arranged by Kent Hooper and Phillip Keveren, “Count the Stars” reflects the theme of Psalm 8:3-4 in which King David writes, “When I observe your heaven, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is a human being that you remember him, a son of man that you look after him?”

“When I first heard the song, I was blown away by how it opens your imagination to consider how big God is,” said Craig Adams, creative director at Lifeway. “Not long before this, I had been privy to a study where NASA had electromagnetically captured the sounds of celestial bodies. I go to church with some NASA employees who were able to help us get some of those sounds, along with footage from deep space to accompany the song.”

In “Count the Stars,” the sounds of the cosmos are overlaid with human voices declaring praise through the chorus:

When I try to count the stars

I remember just how big you are

Who am I that you would think of me?

I can’t fathom all you’ve done


The beauty and the wonder

Of your faithfulness in everything I see

I’m reminded of the mighty God You are

When I try to count the stars

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Boswell to be nominated as Pastors’ Conference treasurer

By Scott Barkley

WICHITA, Kan. (BP) – Charles Boswell, director of Pastoral Care and Church Health for the Colorado Baptist General Convention, will be nominated for treasurer of the 2022 SBC Pastors’ Conference.

Tim Ohls, pastor of Believers Baptist Church in Wichita, Kan., has announced his intention to nominate Boswell during the upcoming Send Conference preceding the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting in Nashville. His nomination will join others as part of the Pastors Track on Monday, June 14. The 2022 Pastors Conference will take place in Anaheim, Calif., in conjunction with next year’s SBC Annual Meeting.

Charles Boswell

Ohls described Boswell, who also is interim pastor at Riverside Baptist Church in Denver, as “a friend to pastors with a heart for church planting and Kingdom growth. He is one of those guys who will always make time to come alongside struggling ministers to pray, encourage and uplift. As the son of a pastor and the father of two pastors, he has a heart for those in the trenches.”

Boswell grew up on the mission field in Brazil, is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and holds a master’s and a doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Patti have three children and 11 grandchildren.