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The BGM Christmas Beard Contest begins tonight at 9pm EST / 6pm Pacific.
Win 2 bottles of Beard Oil from CanYouHandlebar.com, AND a customized, way-cool finger puppet of yourself from Lil’ Beards!Let’s see your best Christmas Beard photo! There are 3 categories with a total of 5 winners:
Best Yukon Cornelius,
Best Wise Man.
The 5 winners will come from the top votes in each category. One Santa, one Yukon Cornelius, and the top 3 Wise Men. (To be clear, we’re not looking for a group shot of 3 Wise Men. The top 3 single wise men will be the winners).
Enter here: http://woobox.com/xxr5yv
Happy Birthday, Bill!
Today we feature a very special Bearded Gospel Man, whose profile submission comes from his lovely wife Missy. Today Bill is celebrating his birthday, and he definitely has a lot to celebrate. Not only does he have a truly impressive beard of wizardly proportions, he also has a wife of 15 years and three sons who love him (and his beard) a lot.
“Bill has always been a hard worker. He is very talented and can build anything! He is also a Master Logger and has a deep love for farming and the woods. He tries to instill these same values in our boys.
Bill’s beard is quite amazing! No matter where we go, he always gets comments on The Beard. Our kids lovingly refer to him as “Beardie” and they talk about how big their beard will be when they grow up. But their Dad is always careful to explain to them that it’s not the size of your beard that makes you a Man. You have to love and honor God, love and honor your wife and provide for your family before you can be considered a Man.
I do love the beard, but more than that, I love the the man that Bill Jones has become and it has very little to do with him. He has not changed on his own; it’s only through giving his heart to Jesus and his relationship with Jesus Christ that he has become this man of faith and honor.”
This has to be one of the coolest things that Bearded Gospel Men has had a chance to have a hand (or as the case may be, a beard) in. DJ & Courtney Hoffman (He’s in the one with the sweet red beard in the middle. She’s the one who’s, you know, beardless!) came up with a great idea for a fundraiser for their goal of adopting a child from Korea, which is a lengthy and expensive process.
“The initial hope was to have ten men agree to grow out their beards for us for six months with each man responsible for finding ten people to sponsor their beard growth at $10 per month. Thanks to Bearded Gospel Men, we had eight men from across the country sign up for our fundraiser, bringing us to a total of 30 Beard Growers! These men have been growing their beards out for the past 5.5 months and through them, the Lord has graciously raised over $22,000!”
Their fundraiser ends December 1, and they need about $1500 to meet their goal. You can help them out by visiting their website, abeardforababy.com. There you can purchase a t-shirt, a very cool beard comb, or sponsor a beard. Take a little time and be a blessing for an extremely worthy cause!
(pictured are some of the over 30 beard growers. Back Row Beards, L-R: Jayme Andujar, Ryan Jarrell, DJ Hoffman, Mark Hoffmann, Matt Tonne; Front Beards, L-R: Jesse McKee and Scott Allen)
Philip Hatter is beside himself. Okay, slightly behind and beside himself, actually, but you get my drift.
Not only is he an elder and leader in his local church, and a Dad to 3 boys under 3 (Titus, Zeke and Gabe), but he and his wife Jessie also run Thistledown Puppets (www.thistledownpuppets.com), where he produces custom puppets. He’s also started a custom finger puppet project called Lil’ Beards, providing customized finger puppets as fun gifts for bearded or mustachioed men. (www.etsy.com/shop/thistledownpuppets) Ain’t that the coolest?
“I have always enjoyed growing my beard, but recently took it to a new level when I decided to sponsor a couple who is adopting in their “Beard For A Baby” campaign (which I heard about from Bearded Gospel Men). Go support them at abeardforababy.blogspot.com!”
(Watch for more from both Lil’ Beards and A Beard For a Baby in the next few days!)
David Arredondo is a complicated man. He’s a chef, a carpenter, a drummer and outdoorsman who spends “more time wandering the mountains of Georgia than in a kitchen.” He’s also been a volunteer youth minister at his church for 6 1/2 years, and interestingly he’s had a beard for most of that time. (We all know a beard commands respect from the youth!)
"I believe any man can have a beard. A briery dark nest on one’s face does not define him, but it is he who is behind that nest that is defining the art; wear your beard with great responsibility!"
Right on, David. Right on.