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Jim McClarty
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Lives in Smyrna, TN
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Jim McClarty

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Hello Drew.  Quick story: Back in the early 1980's I was in a band called 707.  We had a couple years of relative success.  In the late days of that band, I was invited to jam around with some friends.  The fellow who set up the rehearsal space asked me if I could drop by an apartment in Hollywood to pick up the key.  When I arrived, I was greeted by an affable Englishman who invited me in and offered me a drink.  He couldn't have been more cordial.  As he went into the bedroom to get the key, I noticed the Jethro Tull gold albums on the wall, hung up high in a row, like a border below the ceiling.  As I looked closer, I noticed they were all awarded to Glenn Cornick.  When he reappeared from the bedroom, I said, "You're Glenn Cornick."  He smiled and said, "I know."  We laughed.  I told him I was a great Tull fan and had just seen them a few weeks previous at the Forum in L.A.  He asked how the show was.  In fact, he said, "How was Ian?"  We chatted about life and music for a few minutes.  But, knowing that people were waiting, I had to move along. 

I said all that to tell you this. To this day, I remember that brief encounter for one simple reason: Glenn's kindness to a fellow musician he had never met.  Los Angeles is filled with egocentric bullies and narcissistic wanna be's.  It's a tough place to find basic human compassion and friendliness.  But there it was, in your dad.  He was a fine musician.  Well liked by his peers.  And simply by being himself, he left me with a fond memory.  He'll be missed.

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Hi Rockbandmom.  I was the drummer with 707.  I always enjoy watching people interpret what I played.  Keep at it.  Remember, talent is the ability to work hard.  I like that you're using your fingers and wrists, you're not "all arms."  That's good technique.  You have a good teacher somewhere.  Work on distinguishing triplets from eighth notes.  But you're on the right track.  Thanks for keeping the song alive ... oh, and I would like to add that we had more than one hit.  :-)

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Thanks for posting this video.  I enjoyed my time with the saints at SGC and this video brought back good memories.

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For me, one of the most alarming aspects of Matthew Vine's presentation is that it presents Christianity in a sub-biblical way.  Vines argues for acceptance of his behavior and contends that his desire to be loved somehow supersedes the texts that would condemn him.  Yet, he claims to be Christian (and a Bible expositor, at that!).  But, genuine Christianity does not attempt to explain away sin, it calls for repentance. Nowhere in Vine's presentations or his website is their any call for repentance from sin -- beyond his claim that the church needs to repent of its position against his lifestyle.  This turns Biblical Christianity on its head. 

Worse, the blindingly-rapid descent of our society into post-Christian behavior and attitudes has convinced the majority of young folk (and politically-correct liberals) that the Biblical standards are not "set in stone."  They're flexible and disposable.  So, Biblical Christianity is viewed as being "on the wrong side of history."  (I hate it when the historic foundations of the faith can be swept aside by simple "talking points.")

You are correct, Tony.  This is not Christianity that Vines is promoting.  It's sin.  It's wolves telling sheep how they ought to cozy up to the predators that seek to destroy them.  It's as old as Satan in the Garden.

At the risk of self-promotion, may I offer an Audio Q&A we recently posted on our website called "Observations on the Current Culture War."  It may prove helpful for some folk:

Grace and peace,

Jim Mc. 
After gaining some notoriety as a drummer / musician / songwriter / audio engineer, I moved to Middle Tennessee to pursue my love of theology and ministry.  I've lived here for 20 years and like it very much, thank you.  
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