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My post-WWII “Baby Boomer” generation came of age during the tumultuous decade of the 1960s. We endured the assassinations of president John F. Kennedy, civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., and then presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. We witnessed the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the Apollo landing on the moon, and Watergate, with its eventual first-ever resignation of a sitting president of the United States by Richard M. Nixon. For a survey of this period with astute social and political insight, you might check out Tom Brokaw’s Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the ‘60s and Today, New York: Random House, 2007.
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A 1969 graduate of Slidell High School, I went to college at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. A part-time job working with a private painting contractor helped put me through college and left me with an enduring appreciation for fine woods, refinishing, and antiques. I responded to the call to full-time ministry at the beginning of my senior year at Southern, graduating that May with a double major in math and physics. During early seminary days at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, I pastored Bayou Baptist Church, a small congregation in west Slidell. After seminary, seven years of Baptist Campus Ministry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham offered me a fulfilling ministry and a realization I loved working with college students. I returned to the seminary to teach in 1988. During this time back at my alma mater, I also have served in numerous interim pastorates, conferences, retreats, and revivals.
Interesting Tidbits
Photography, Guitar, Recording, Music, Aquariums, Zoos, Computers, Movies, Woodworking, Refinishing, Audio/Video, Antiques, Restaurants
Favorite Dessert:
Mr. Ed’s Lemon Icebox Pie
Favorite Appetizer:
Drago’s Charbroiled Oysters
Favorite Restauant:
Commander’s Palace
Teaching Motto:
“Love the text. She’ll love you back.”
Education Proverb:
“Education never is as expensive as ignorance.”
Playlists on my iPod:
• Guitar: Tuck Andress, Carl Amundson, Chet Atkins, George Benson, Jesse Cook, Pat Donohue, Al DiMeola, Antoine Dufour, Alex Di Grassi, Charlie Hadden, Michael Hedges, Earl Klugh, Leo Kottke, Adrian Legg, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Preston Reed, Lee Ritenour, Don Ross, Rullian, David Russell, Andrés Segovia, John Williams, Kasilag Guitar Quartet, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Modern Guitar Quartet, Scottish Guitar Quartet
• Classical: Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Handel, Holst, Rachmaninoff, Respighi, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Kathleen Battle, John Bayless, Andrea Borcelli, Charlotte Church, James Galway, Morton Gould, Vladimir Horowitz, Winston Marsalis, Emile Pandolfi, Phoenix Bach Choir, Quartetto Gelato, Yo-Yo Ma
• Pop: Classic rock bands, mostly Beatles (of course), James Newton Howard, Windham Hill, New Age, TonicSolFa, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Sarah Brightman, Aaron Neville, Jim Brickman, Carpenters, Doors, Boston, Bread, Bee Gees, Association, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eagles, Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, Billy Joel, Elton John, Kinks, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder
• Religious: Dallas Holm, Andrus Blackwood, Glad, Imperials, Lamb, Pat Terry, PFR, Acapella, Silverwind, Regeneration, Take 6, Praise & Worship Collections, Lincoln Brewster, PRISM, Reuben Morgan, Selah, Third Day, Travis Cottrell, Paul Baloche, Tommy Walker