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Not Another Hair Battle!

November 17, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Christian Community, SG Artists

Well, in yet another one of the famous Singing News forum threads, we somehow got on the subject of hairstyles in SG after I posted this video of Brian Free & Assurance at a recent concert.

Someone, who shall remain unnamed (you can over to the SN site and see for yourself), made the comment that he couldn’t tell whether that was Ricky Free behind the drums or if BFA had gotten a girl to fill-in.

Well, naturally, someone thought he was attacking Ricky, and not merely making an observation about his, shall we say, rather long, feminine-like hairstyle. So begins a debate on hairstyles in the SG realm.

All of the usual subjects of debate came up, EHSSQ (*gasp* spikes!), Guy Penrod, etc. Now, I had long hair up until yesterday, when my parents made me get it cut, so I guess my view on hair is pretty moderate.

My view: if your hair is too long for people to tell what gender you are, it’s time to either get it cut or get some shape to it so people know if you’re male or female.

Take Guy Penrod, for instance. Anyone who has heard of Guy or seen him instantly thinks of that long mane of hair. Now, if I had long hair, I’d want it like his, because as Daniel Mount pointed out, his hair is “distinctly masculine.” His has some shape to it. Now, if he just let it go without doing anything whatsoever to it in the way of shaping it up, he’d probably end up looking like, well, a girl with a goatee. My hat’s off to Mr. Penrod for showing us all that long hair can have some class!

Feel free to agree or disagree with my views; I’d love to hear all the different opinions on this topic.

Ruth Graham Passes Away

June 14, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Christian Community

As I’m sure most of you know, the wife of Rev. Billy Graham passed away today after slipping into a coma… please be in prayer for the Graham family at this time.

My Final Thoughts On Rev. Jerry Falwell

May 22, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Christian Community

The funeral was today, and God blessed it! The order was as follows:
1. Sounds of Liberty sang. Not sure of the title, possibly “May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful.”
2. Duke Westover, Executive Assistant to Dr. Falwell prayed.
3. Jim Moon, Lifelong Friend spoke.
4. Kendra Cook Penn sang “Finally Home.”
5. Harold Wilmington, Wilmington Bible Insitute spoke
6. Kim Goeglin, Special Assistant to the President, spoke and read the President’s address to the family.
7. Dr. Ronald Godwin, Exec VP at Liberty spoke
8. Mr. George Rogers, Friend and WWII Veteran spoke
9. Video Presentation to Doug Oldham singing “Thank You For Giving to the Lord”
10. Dr. Elmer Towns, co-founder, read Phil 1:3-26
11.Franklin Graham spoke
12. Jeannie Falwell spoke
13. Charles Billingsley sang “Going Home”
14. Jerry Vines shared the Gospel
15. Choir sang Hallelujah Chorus

Man, what an impact this man had. He was very influential on me, since I live in Bedford, a small town 20 minutes from Lynchburg. Many people these past days have criticized him for many reasons, but he things that none 0f them could ever do. He lead many people to Christ, and he unerringly preached the Word and nothing but the Word. He took a stand in politics that helped our country get godly men into the Oval Office. He helped Lynchburg grow as a city, which many wouldn’t care about, but those of us in the area are SO grateful. I pray that God will continue to bless Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University in the way He did when Falwell was alive. Rest in peace, Dr. Falwell, and I’ll meet you in the morning on the Other Side.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell Passes Away

May 15, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Christian Community, Prayer Requests

As I’m sure most of you already know, Dr. Falwell passed away today at about 12:40 PM after being rushed to Lynchburg General Hospital. His death was caused by a cardiac event. Please be in prayer for the family and congregation at this hard time.