Dinner Conversations with Mark Lowry and Andrew Greer Kicks Off Second Half of Debut Season Today

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Film series and podcast "Dinner Conversations with Mark Lowry and Andrew Greer" airs its midseason premiere tonight with the series’ most poignant and timely episode to date, “Race and the Church,” featuring Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Nicole C. Mullen. Series also makes broadcast debut through partnership with Cornerstone Television Network

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With the help of these guests—some of our favorite good thinkers and table talkers—we are excited to help fire up a new batch of conversations in our homes, in our communities and within our selves.

Film series and podcast "Dinner Conversations with Mark Lowry and Andrew Greer" airs its midseason premiere tonight with the series’ most poignant and timely episode to date, “Race and the Church,” featuring Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Nicole C. Mullen. The second half of the debut season features six new episodes covering a wide array of issues and a variety of notable guests.

Expanding the success of the show, Cornerstone Television Network (http://www.ctvn.org) has added "Dinner Conversations" to their weekly line-up, airing the entire first season with new episodes launching each Wednesday evening at 10pm ET, and encore presentations on Saturday at 3pm ET and Tuesday at 2:30pm ET. One of the nation’s fastest growing Christian media platforms, Cornerstone Network is currently available in 16.1 million households nationwide.

Tom Hollis, Director of Outreach at Cornerstone states, “'Dinner Conversations with Mark Lowry and Andrew Greer' gives us a fresh perspective on friendship and the Christian life. God knows that we need to connect with one another. Mark and Andrew have taken that most relational tie, the dinner table, and brought us closer together. It strengthens me to hear the victories—and struggles—through which others have gone. I can’t wait for the next meal!”

Since its November 6 debut, "Dinner Conversations" has consistently topped the podcast charts, debuting at #1 on iTunes’ Video Podcast Chart (Religion & Spirituality) and #7 on iTunes’ Overall Video Podcast chart. The first half of the season was made up of 5 episodes and 2 bonus Christmas episodes, and already boasts over 27,000 downloads,106 reviews, and 95 five-star ratings in just three months. The show has also found audiences on other digital platforms, with nearly 370,000 cumulative views on Facebook and YouTube, and more than 2,500 YouTube channel subscribers.

Based on the concept that communion begins with good conversation, and good conversation often begins around the dinner table, Mark and Andrew invite acclaimed artists, authors and topic experts to gather around the dinner table to weigh in on a broad range of thought-provoking human interest conversations.

New episodes appearing on the second half of the debut season of "Dinner Conversations" include: “Race and the Church” featuring Nicole C. Mullen, “Liquor and Legalism” featuring Russ Taff, “Fear, Forgiveness and Friendship, Part 2” featuring Patsy Clairmont, Anita Renfroe and Jan Silvious and “Music and Theology” featuring Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station and Buddy Greene—infamous for co-writing the modern Christmas classic, “Mary, Did You Know?” with Lowry. Season One will conclude with a special Season Finale featuring Grammy-winning music veteran Michael W. Smith, as well as a bonus episode entitled, “What is Worship?” featuring a legendary lineup of guests including Smith, best-selling inspirational artist Sandi Patty, Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Cindy Morgan and best-selling author and hymn expert, Robert J. Morgan.

“In our modern day culture where we are constantly striving to be ‘heard,’ it is becoming increasingly important to make space in our lives for good conversation,” explains Andrew. “Some of the best conversations I have been a part of began around the dinner table. I keep thinking, If we could really listen to one another, perhaps we might also hear from God.”

“I think the trend in podcasts is to provoke fresh thoughts and new ideas in all of us. With the help of our guests,” Mark shares, expounding on the show’s subtitle: Turning the Light On One Question at a Time. “With the help of these guests—some of our favorite good thinkers and table talkers—we are excited to help fire up a new batch of conversations in our homes, in our communities and within our selves.”    

One such conversation is human trafficking. Through the show’s title sponsor, Project Beautiful, Mark and Andrew are bringing light to the inhuman practices of the modern day slave trade. By targeting potential victims, Project Beautiful monitors have strategically intercepted 12,000 people from the traps of sex traffickers through a sophisticated monitoring system that identifies potential victims. The organization also provides post-rescue care for victims and helps prosecute traffickers.

Produced and directed by Andrew Greer, "Dinner Conversations" is co-produced by Mark Lowry. Celeste Winstead is the show’s Executive Producer, and Chris Cameron of Center Street Media serves as Assistant Director.

Listeners can subscribe to "Dinner Conversations with Mark Lowry and Andrew Greer" via iTunes at https://tinyurl.com/Dinner-ConvoSubscribe. "Dinner Conversations" can also be viewed on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud and many other popular audio and video podcast outlets, and can now be seen on television through a partnership with Cornerstone Television Network.

For more information about the show visit: dinner-conversations.com.

Mark is an internationally known singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter. His world-famous lyric to “Mary Did You Know?” resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs of this century. Co-written with Buddy Greene, the captivating Christmas tune has been recorded more than 400 times by a broad base of music luminaries like Pentatonix, Reba McEntire, Michael English, Sandi Patty and Rascal Flatts. As a staple member of the GRAMMY®-award-winning Gaither Vocal Band, Mark has served as the sidesplitting comedic sidekick through Bill Gaither’s best-selling HOMECOMING video series and live tours. His musical recordings have earned him multiple Dove Awards, the highest honor in gospel music.

A deep thinker with an outrageous sense of humor (for which he often credits Attention Deficit Disorder), Mark’s life work consists of a deep discography of gold and platinum recordings. But it is Mark’s desire to communicate profound truths through songs and stories that keep his multi-generational audience on the edge of their seats. “I leave the lights up in the audience so I can see the audience,” Mark comments. “I love getting closer to the people. And I treasure the serendipitous moments when God shows up, without warning, but very expectedly.”

A native Texan, when Mark is not ping-ponging cross-country on tour, he settles down in Houston. Visit Mark online at marklowry.com.

A six-time Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriter and respected author, Andrew Greer is known for his old soul sound and thoughtful prose. His folk-gospel discography displays a deep affection for vintage spiritual songs, instinctively captured on his critically acclaimed Angel Band hymn series, having reached the Top 10 on Amazon and iTunes’ mainstream charts upon release.

“Hymns are as true to my human experience as my own catalog of songs,” Andrew shares. “In fact, if it hadn’t been for the impact of those indelible tunes, I may have never fallen in love with music, or been introduced to God.” Andrew’s 2013 recording, All Things Bright & Beautiful, held the #1 position on Nielsen Christian SoundScan’s Instrumental chart for 25 consecutive weeks.

On tour dates at home and abroad, Andrew has shared the stage with folks like Amy Grant, Andrew Peterson and Brandon Heath. His songs have been recorded by artists like Jaci Velasquez, Seth & Nirva and John Tibbs. And his stories have appeared in publications like Christianity Today, In Touch and CCM Magazine. Andrew’s second book – Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth: Spiritual Conversations Inspired by the Life and Lyrics of Rich Mullins – released on Worthy Publishing this fall.

Also a native Texan, Andrew now gladly calls Franklin, Tennessee home. Visit Andrew online at andrew-greer.com.

Project Beautiful is a community of people who give monthly to Love Justice International to save precious lives from sex trafficking and slavery. Since 2004, Love Justice International (formerly Tiny Hands International) has worked primarily in Nepal, Bangladesh, and India, but they have recently expanded into South Africa, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Thailand. Through transit monitoring and interception, they attack trafficking at the most strategic moment—while it is in the process of occurring and BEFORE women and children have been exploited or enslaved. Love Justice staff have intercepted over 12,000 people to prevent them from being trafficked. For more information, visit http://www.ProjectBeautiful.org

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