“I have Jesus in my heart and a beard on my face!”
These are the words of Tim “Spike” Davis, a man who has spent the last 27 years of his life living in Christian community in the inner city of Chicago with Jesus People USA (jpusa.org). He’s been their in-house auto tech for all those years, while also performing with pioneering 90s punk band Crashdog. (How cool is that?!)
He’s also a talented cartoonist whose work has appeared in a number of hunting magazines, as well as in Christianity Today. You can find his work here: www.redjawcartoons and here: www.scatteredthoughtscartoons.com.
“Why did I grow a beard ? Because my wife let me. Favorite quote: “If the ladies don’t find you handsome, at least they’ll find you handy.’”
Andrew Hedman is smarter than me. Granted, that’s not saying a lot, so I’ll let Andrew’s credentials speak for themselves.
He’s a graduate student of mathematics, and teaches mathematics at the university he attends. His research is in “generalized higher order Fibonacci sequences and the geometry of the solutions of their characteristic equations.” If you’re like me, you had to Google the term “Fibonacci sequences”. (I once got a barely-above failing grade in math, along with this comment from my teacher: “Good effort!”)
“I enjoy studying scripture in depth and spend a lot of time talking to friends about philosophy, theology, and apologetics. I especially enjoy subtly introducing non-believing friends to a biblical worldview in the guise of philosophical conversations. I grew up in a little evangelical church that my parents still attend, but in the last few years I’ve attended non-denominational, Methodist, Pentecostal, Orthodox, and Catholic churches, and so with brothers I really enjoy studying and discussing doctrines and their historical and biblical origins…. I also play and write music (guitar, cello, trumpet, vocals), prose, and poetry; spend a lot of time camping and kayaking; and ride and work on my motorcycle.”
So in the spirit of Mr. Hedman, I present this equation: (Math + Motorbike + Music) x Beard = One Bad Dude.
Ricky McCord thinks you should get out more.
He is “an avid Outdoorsman and a Son of Light.” (John 12:36) A student of theology and focusing on outdoor ministry at Colorado Christian University, this picture was taken during a 40 day backpacking trip through the Wind River Range in the Rocky Mountains. Yes, that’s right. Forty days! The trip was focused on Spiritual Transformation, and Ricky believes that “through God’s creation people can experience Jesus away from the noisy society we live in.” Amen to that, Ricky.
Now put away your laptop (or iPad or smartphone) and get out there, people!
Scott Weldon is a very animated preacher.
He is also a husband, father and pastor who has a deep appreciation for the ever-quotable Bearded Gospel Man Chuck Spurgeon. I cannot confirm or deny that Scott’s ‘Donegal’ style beard is directly inspired by Mr. Spurgeon, but I’d say it’s a pretty reasonable assumption!
“I’m not that quotable.”
That’s okay, Scott. You can let your beard do the talking!
Today we present the third in our Many Faces of Facial Hair series: The Van Dyke.
Ah, the Van Dyke. Often confused with the Goatee, the Van Dyke is the beard style which incorporates a moustache with the Goatee (which refers strictly to the chin whiskers). The Van Dyke is often the go-to style for the gentleman whose profession (or significant other) prevents him from growing a full beard, but whose masculine spirit simply must be expressed.
It is dignified and subtle, but echoes a quietly rebellious streak which says, “I’m a man, and you can’t stop me!”
So here’s to the Van Dyke: Where classy meets sassy!
Bob Semp is one cool flute player.
When he’s not playing flute and bass with his band, ‘Ezekiel’s Bread’, he is a chaplain for his chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association, the Crossroad Riders of New York.
“I am 63, retired, and have worn a beard since being able to grow one (usually on during the fall, winter, and spring, and off during the summer). However, since retirement, I have let my beard “get right with the Lord” (as a pastor friend of mine says), and am enjoying it.
I came to know the Lord in October 1980, and have faithfully served Him in many capacities over the years.”
David Hennessee sent in a very special BGM Profile submission on behalf of his dad, Phillip Hennessee, who passed away a few years ago. Not only did he have a truly impressive beard, but from David’s words he also possessed a remarkable character.
“He was a great father that loved family and friends. He was a brick mason, a craftsman, he took great pride in his work. He taught me to give a 110% in everything I do. He taught me to work hard and to listen to others around me. He was just an awesome man, all the way around.”
Bearded Gospel History: John Chrysostom
Juan De La Fuente Jr has a great smile, an excellent handlebar, and a big family.
“The ministry that is closest to my heart is my family, I have 5 children: Camille, Christian, Nico, Noah and Layla; a beautiful wife named Sonja, son-in-law Charlie who serves in the air force and is in ministry along with my daughter Camille, one grandson, Eli, and a granddaughter on the way!
I love helping people in the community and our church. I am an associate pastor here at New Creation Church in Banning CA…. I help with our building program, social media, website, home groups, counseling, and help plan our events such as outreaches, feeding programs and more.”
Send us a picture of your worst “Morning Beard” and win an incredible prize pack from our friends at CanYouHandlebar.com to tame that face mane!
Winners will be selected by a combination of votes and by a panel of judges. A winner will be selected from the 5 pics with the most votes.
Go to the ‘Morning Beard’ tab on our Facebook page to enter.
Contest begins Thursday, September 5 at 9am EST.
Voting ends on Thursday, September 12.
You can vote once a day, and we encourage you to get your friends to vote, too!
You can be creative with your photo (we will neither encourage nor prohibit any… ahem… “embellishing” of said Morning Beard!), and of course stay within the realms of decency and gentlemanliness.
THE PRIZE PACK:
1 Beard Care Kit (one can of Dry Oil and one Beard Oil Brush)
1 ‘Get a Pair’ Moustache Wax kit (one can of Primary6 and one can of Secondary6)
1 Kent Comb kit (moustache and beard)
5-pack of CanYouHandlebar stickers
1 hand-branded burlap drawstring bag to carry it all.
1 Moustache Bottle Opener
Value is $91
Byron Nash will make you see things that aren’t there.
When he’s not traversing rivers in kayaks and canoes (often with his wife and five children), he is working in the field of visual effects artistry! So cool! (He assures me his beard has not been digitally added)
“I grew up in the church and then got serious about things late in college (finally understood grace!). We have attended several different style churches over the years and have now settled on a really sweet community of believers…. I have a lot to learn still, but know that it’s only by His power and grace that I sustain.”
You can check out Byron’s work at his website:www.armoredsquirrel.com
You can also see a great little video he made here. Yes, it involves shaving, but be assured, it’s all for the love of growing it again! http://vimeo.com/22824942