About

I’m a student and a teacher. Christian for seventeen years. This site was first started as an outlet for my love of gospel music, but after a few years it has grown to encompass my love for the gospel writ large and for all things true and excellent, including all kinds of music. I’m a reader of old books and a watcher of old movies. 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 review music, movies and occasionally books. I’m very generous with my praise…and my criticism.

I’m a keen observer of culture and its intersections with faith. 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.

Occasionally, I share worth-while out-of-print music, classic entertainment clips, and my own video editing projects with the world on Youtube. Follow my channel 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:  Alistair Begg

35 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.

  12. Patti H

    So..( This is just the follow up comment to the Brennan Manning post)

    What I wanted to continue with in the description of my own journey with the life in Christ..post conversion..is that power is available to us to live. As far as I can understand that is a very central focus theme of the Good News..that we are not doomed to be life long manacled to our previous addictions. I totally understand that a period of stumbling may take place perhaps even a long one..but the Bible says..and I am convinced that it not only means it but supplies the ability to accomplish it; “without holiness..no one will see the Lord..”

    A grace is promoted as lavish but that you never have to change except for thanking God for accepting you. I know we all still sin..but bondage is something else. (I actually still was unable to be free from several of my “multiple disorders” until the Lord revealed to me..through His word, that I could be healed of them by confessing them as sin, not an illness or disorder) and having someone pray for me. My bulimia was so entrenched..(25 years) that I had zero hope of being free from it ever. I assumed I’d have to be a limping Christian from Mars forever. However I’d begun to understand that the Lord wanted me to walk clean..Holy and that my problems had me balled up in sin behaviors no matter how much my in my new faith I wanted otherwise. Somehow I began to hunger to be free and to trust God..even going so far as to consider obeying Him (James 5:16 ) by telling someone..maybe even my whole new church, about my problem..it didn’t come to that..I finally just confessed to a very godly woman who prayed for me..and of course ..nothing happened..I had to depend on lavish grace because my addiction was so powerful… JUST KIDDING! actually, astonishingly, I was instantaneously delivered of that chaining degrading confusing affliction..right that moment!! Praise God!!! (I’ve been free for 16 years now!) In addition to this I was delivered of several other serious problems one by one, as the Lord showed me where sin issues were in my life that needed to be addressed..One huge aspect of sin and bondage is that it is promoted and influenced by a very real devil..and unless we take the Lord at his word that He wants a peculiar holy generation to be seeking His ways ,we will always have to live in the weakness of not believing that Jesus has power over the worst of our sins..and He actually has defeated the enemy of our souls..and that by His grace has come to dwell IN us..thereby making us strong in spite of our weakness.

    I know that if God had not been Gracious to me to allow me to be in a boiling pot of trouble..even for several years after conversion ..I’d never have turned or stuck to the program..I needed the Holy Spirit to cause me to long for holiness and I needed miracles and power and revelation and deliverance to enable me to live..I needed the Gospel to be really true..but in the middle of that, in many seriously painful ways, I had to obey with all my heart even when I thought I never could..even when I totally didn’t want to.

    One of the posts talked about a lopsided Gospel..and I think that is really the problem with the teachings that propose that God receives us just as we are but never really minds if we just stay there ..if our problem is a really really big one..If that was true..then Jesus wouldn’t have had to die..God could have just said “OK it’s all under my amazing kindness,” “heaven for all”.

    I thought that you wrote very graciously and coherently and intelligently Southern Gospel Yankee girl, and I truly enjoyed your answers.

    In summation..I’d like to say..we should be careful that the word grace does not come to mean “God cannot deliver me”..or even worse “I’m just fine like this”.. because then Jesus didn’t even have to come for us..He didn’t have to pay with blood. I have a lot of questions still about why people can’t get free..but I am completely convinced that it’s not because in God’s grace He thinks that bondage is OK. The Bible is a lot more strict than some people like to believe because we are still living in a very dangerous and wicked world and if we live aimlessly and without belief in the clear declarations of Scripture, about being transformed and coming out of our bondage idolatry and lust, we may be very very surprised someday to find we walked in terrible disobedience to Christ.. or maybe never truly having surrendered to Him at all. The great news is…that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or think. .according to His power at work in us. We are all works in progress and accepted..but pressing on to the High call in Christ.
    GOD BLESS YOU.

  13. Karen Reamer

    I happened to get on this site – first time today – WOW! This is a great
    blog. Thank you for all your time in putting this together each month.
    KR

  14. Just found your blog googling Brennan Manning and Universalism. Ha! I too am confused by the following his teachings have especially when he appears to have a higher regard for his visions and dreams than scripture. I say “appears” because I have not fully read his books, only thorough quotes in their context. There are more and more of those separating from the consistency and truth of scripture and relying on feelings and catchy sayings from these contemplatives. I laughed because when I got to the comments section of said blog post you had 222 comments, a number which seems to follow me as I blogged about here. http://theapologista.blogspot.com/2014/10/im-feeling-22.html
    I am looking forward to reading more!

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