About Me

I am originally from Paducah, KY. I went to Freed-Hardeman University and got a degree in English/History. Then I spent two years teaching English and the Bible in Italy, mainly in Rome. After marrying my beautiful wife in Florence, Italy in November of 2000, we returned to the states where I attended Seminary. I finished a Bachelor of Theology in 2002 at Harding University in Searcy, AR. I was the minister for the Echo Lake Church of Christ in Westfield, NJ for from 2003-2013.  I am currently enrolled as a grad student at David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

I enjoy reading, especially History, food, my kids, sports, traveling, blogging.

Feel free to contact me at brianmarisa2000 (at) gmail.com

My Sermons can be downloaded and listened to here.

Here are some blog posts of a personal nature:

December 30th–

Proposing to my Wife

The How I Got Here Series:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

Godly Influences

My Hometown

My personal posts: My Depression, Part 2, Part 3, For the Unbelieving, Lincoln Book, One More

Falling in Love with my Wife:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


23 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Alright knot-head,

    Got up early this Sunday morning, because I remembered during the night you had written a piece on “Reasons not to be baptized.” Ran to your site and did a seach and realized that you didn’t move any of your older stuff over to your new site. “Dang”

    That would have worked great in my lesson this morning … 🙂

  2. I’ve lost ALL my email addresses and came here looking for yours…. Can’t find it. Shucks.

    When you get time will you email the name of the place you’ve made reservations at it Tulsa?

    Thanks bro

  3. Brian

    Hello from one Brian to another. I’ve found your blog site while searching for “Koine”. I’m attemtping to learn some Koine this year with the help of Dr. Bill Mounce’s resources and thought I’d search for any Koine-related blogs/blog posts.

    It’s a small world: while I’m a Baptist by tradition (and not C o’ Christ as yourself), my first home out of college (and first married home) was in Beebe, AR, also in White Co. though down the road a bit from Searcy. I worked in Searcy and met many wonderful people there (several also Harding Grads and also currently work with a Speech Therapist who is a HU alum). I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Keep preaching and keep blogging!

  4. Brian

    hey brian, cool on the central AR connection and on Greek.
    I will try to email you a list of stuff I have that has been helpful. I had four quarters of it at HU and did well, but haven’t kept up.

  5. Brian,
    Just getting acquainted with your blog. It looks really interesting! I enjoyed all our conversations way back when in HSBS. You’ve got a lot of great stuff here. I’ll be back…

  6. Hi Brian,

    I wanted to leave a comment on your most recent post but could never get to the comments section, the link only refreshed the page.


  7. Brian

    hey royce, I actually turned comments off, didn’t really want a big “discussion” just stuff to think about individually

  8. Rich D.

    I just stumbled across your blog while doing some research/looking for inspiration for tomorrow’s assembly. I read a whole article and several comments before it dawned on me that you must be church of Christ. Then it was confirmed when I read the “About Me” page. I am very excited to have found your blog as I see an inquisitiveness about scripture and issues, and a willingness to investigate “sacred cows”, that mirrors my own thoughts. I’m eager to continue reading and exploring all the posts.

  9. b

    hey brother, palmer, thanks for stopping by
    cool, I actually ever went to WKYC, and regret it, we have a great camp up here in PA.

  10. I previously sent you an email , saying I couldn’t find where to download the pdf file to my computer. Ignore that email. The link finally came up. I have dialup, so it just took a long time.

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