Who Are We?
In a word? Nobody.
We are Kevin and Claudia McCarthy. We still live in Illinois, but painfully cold winters make us wonder why. Our nest is now empty of three daughters who are our blessings from the Lord. In 1979 and '81, respectively, we each were convicted by God's word that we were nothing more than vile sinners, who were an offense to a holy God. We each placed our faith and trust in Christ alone for the forgiveness of our sins, and have since been working out our salvation with a GREAT DEAL of fear and trembling! We attended several institutional churches over the years (but mostly just one), and did things like deacon, deaconess, Sunday School teacher, song leader and many others, but we always asked questions and compared what we were doing to what the Bible says "church" is supposed to be. Now we are meeting in our home on the first day of the week, and trying our best to be obedient to the light we have. We just pray that God would send around some equally convicted people, a few sound men, in particular.
Do we know more than you? I can't say, but it's as likely that we don't as anything. Are we experts, or authorities? No way! We're not anti-intellectual, but we don't like people putting their own ideas ahead of the Word, or adding to it, or taking things away from it. Should you listen to and obey everything we say? Yes, and please send us all of your money. Hah! Have you been paying attention?
Anyway, Kevin does most of the writing and Claudia does the neat stuff like the charts. Kevin wrote a lot of original songs, and performed them over the years. He has definite ideas about what Christian music should be (which shouldn't surprise you by now). The lyrics should be up front (or course he thinks of himself as a lyricist), and these should extol or explain God's deeds or attributes, exhort or encourage the saints, teach sound doctrine, or rebuke error. Fluff and repetition, in his mind, are an insult to the Lord and to saints, alike. You may be getting an idea of how popular Kevin has been with traditional, seminary trained leaders, but he insists that he was always open to instruction, providing the instruction came from the Word alone and didn't involve applying one's own opinion to the text. Anyway, we'd like to provide the songs for your use without charge, and that's one of the primary reasons for this site.
Finally, anytime we have a study that might be interesting to you, we hope to provide at least the Scripture passages that were involved, and perhaps some definitions or observations. If Claudia comes up with any more neat charts, we'll put those here too. We'd like some way to allow feedback, and so we are thinking of posting a message board, but as many of you know, you can't keep certain undesirable posts from occurring, so it's something we'll think about. There's nothing more to say about us, considering we've said too much, so we'll leave you with a passage that is dear to us, and includes an apt description of us (underlined):
1 Cor 1:18-31
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
"I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,
AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE."
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD."