About

I’m a college student. Christian for seventeen years, southern gospel fan for four.

I am a reader of old books, watcher of old movies, and lover of good music. I sing, play the piano, and write a little. It’s dangerous for me to start playing the piano, because once I start I have trouble stopping.

I’m a nerd. I may not have the Star Trek paraphernalia to prove it, but rest assured, I am a nerd.

I’m very generous with my praise…and my criticism.

I have zero patience with postmodernists, liberals, and people who pretend to be much smarter than they really are. But I repeat myself.

I believe there is no such thing as a reasonable, well-informed atheist.

And in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a bit of a grump. But I have a heart of gold.

Follow me on Youtube here.

Favorites…

Book: Too many to list, but insert something by C. S. Lewis here.

Movie: Chariots of Fire

Song: “It is Well With My Soul”

Singer: Steve Green

Bible book: Acts

President: Ronald Reagan

Preacher:  Paul Washer. Watch this.

30 responses to “About

  1. quartet-man

    Congrats on the new blog. Now I have another one to keep up with. :D

  2. You have no contact page with email. :(

  3. donsands

    We sang “It is Well With My Soul” at our small group gathering last night. I love the way Chris Rice sings it; and from his heart. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPPSG_SpojY&feature=player_embedded
    Saw you over at Denny Burk’s. You have been blessed with some excellent insight and you have a marvelous way with words. Lord bless you, and me, and may He keep us humble. or make us humble better yet.
    Keep on.

    • I’m honored that you stopped by! Thank you for your time and your kind words. I love that version of “It is Well” also. All of Rice’s work with hymns is excellent, both instrumental and with vocals.

  4. donsands

    And since Steve Green is your fav, I’m sure you have seen this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRJHKzU_t1M

    I get goosebumps every time I listen to this. His heart and voice with Luther’s heart and voice truly bless.

    have a great Palm Sunday!

    • Oh my. Yes, I’ve actually seen him perform that live. Later I went back to compare it with the original as far as the key changes went. As near as I can figure out, in the original version, he starts in the key of D, then goes up by a full step at each successive verse. At “his kingdom is forever,” he takes it up another half step and repeats the phrase. This means he lands in the key of A, and the highest note he hits is, I believe, a B natural.

      At the concert where I saw him, he lowered the key from the out-set, starting in D flat instead. But now here’s the fascinating thing—instead of going up by whole steps, he changed key by half steps. This means that if we compare the two versions by the time he gets to the last verse, he’s fallen some two keys behind the original. He took it up another half-step for the repeat like in the original, so he doesn’t lose any more ground there. However, he threw us for a loop a little bit by not ending on the high note right away, just ending the phrase normally. But then, he threw in an extra whole key change, putting him in G. This meant that the highest note he hit was an A, only a step below the original.

      I may have made a mistake somewhere, but I’m pretty sure that’s how it went!

      Oh yes, and as for the quality of the performance…

      He sped up the tempo somewhat from the original and sang the first verse very confidently. By the first key change it was obvious he was going to go all-out as he attacked the lyric. By the second key change he was really hitting his stride, sounding more and more like his old self. By the third key change he had taken everything up to a whole new level of power, and I was already busily moving purse/water bottle/etc. out of the way so I wouldn’t knock anything over for the standing ovation. His voice cracked just a little bit when he lunged for the high note, but he steadied himself and pinned it down beautifully.

      After the concert I said, “I didn’t think you were going to pull out ‘A Mighty Fortress!’ ” (meaning I hadn’t expected him to use it in the set). He answered, “I almost didn’t,” and later I wondered if he had interpreted me to mean “pull out” as in pull off the arrangement successfully. That was pretty self-effacing on his part if so, because ever-so-slightly rough around the edges though it was, it was a powerful performance.

      Yep, I’m a geek. :-D

  5. Brigitte

    You’re not the only person that likes math :) I also like to write, and I play the piano, violin, and cello. I also LOVE Southern Gospel music!! :D Nice to be “in contact” with you again… been a while since NQC :)

  6. Paul Washer…good choice.

  7. asselot

    Thanks for this video of Paul Washer Yankeegospelgirl .This is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am an tough old french man, but when I listen to this good old gospel tears come into my eyes. May God continue to use you for His Glory. Merci beaucoup…

  8. You need to give us a picture of you. We need to see who we are talking to.
    God Bless.

  9. Mel

    and yet I still do not find your NAME on this blog. I rest my case

  10. Francesca

    I just finished your page on Brennan Manning and I am amazed that you are so young–well, I am assuming you are young. I did go back to college in my 30′s, but even then didn’t have the wisdom and knowledge that you have.

    I loved Brennan Manning when I was a young new charismatic Christian. He was an incredible speaker. I heard him in person and bought his tapes in hopes that if my husband listened he would be impressed and come to saving grace. He was so impressed that he lifted a phrase from one of Manning’s talks and used it in a speech he gave to a group of business men. Alas, to this day he has not become a Christian and he is no longer my husband.

    I have come a long way since then and now consider myself pretty orthodox. The first time I heard Paul Washer speak on a YouTube video I was brought to my knees in tears. Manning would definitely not approve of him.

  11. Chuckles

    A favorite evangelist of mine is Ray Comfort, who has an excellent quote regarding atheists:

    Atheists can’t find God like a robber can’t find a policeman.

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