About Bryan

I am a budding husband, father, teacher, student, coach and friend.

I’m married to my best friend, the former Jessica Whetstine. We have three precious lover boys, Josiah, age 8, and Gideon, age 5, and Judah, age 1.

All my favorite loves (courtesy Lindsey Thompson Photography)
All my favorite loves (courtesy Lindsey Thompson Photography)

I am a graduate of Florida State University and a diehard college football fan (GO NOLES!). By a strange twist of Providence I teach math and social studies to high schoolers in Panama City, FL. I also coach high school football and track though I know very little about either.

I have a peculiar affinity for cheap coffee, old vinyl records, reformed theology, collision sports, and wrestling with my sons.

I started this online journal in the Fall of 2010 as a simple outlet for my thoughts. I count myself as one of those who learn as they write and write as they learn. I hope having a blog doesn’t fuel my self promoting narcissistic tendencies. Also, “Chief of the least” may sound like a disingenuous attempt at humility, but it’s not…I think.

My all-consuming vision is to be found faithful to the end.

Follow me on Twitter here: Chiefleast.

Here are some introductory posts that may be of interest to you:

My Testimony: “How Christ Came To Me: And How I Ended Up In The Back Of A Cop Car” Part 1 and Part 2

Why I Write/Have A Blog

Peace and Grace,

Bryan Daniels

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162 thoughts on “About Bryan”

  1. Thanks for stopping by Holy Ghost Bumps, Bryan. Love your blog as it seems that we are kindred spirits (HUGE God fan and football fan War Eagle!) and family men. May He continue to bless your efforts with your family, in the classrom and on the gridiron. Be blessed Brother :D.

  2. Hello, Bryan. Thank you for visiting my blog and clicking the “like” button on my article. I’m so glad it blessed you. I’m kind of new at this, but there will be more.
    Blessings. Ted

  3. Hello there! Seems you may have come across my blog in your travels through the blogosphere. Thanks for reading. Just curious, how did you find my blog? I am wondering if my tags are helping people find my writing, and if tags are really useful items to include. Take care!

  4. Bryan! Thanks for the visit and thumbs-up. I skimmed a few of your posts (I love your man-crush series… it is always a joy to see fellow GKC enthusiasts) and will be reading many more of them in the near future. Have a lovely day, sir.

  5. Chief, thanks for “liking” my post “The Joyful Christian.” Just looking through some of your links and likes, it seems we may be cut from the same cloth. I look forward to reading more from you. Grace and peace, Ethan

  6. Great to make your aquaintence Chief! I’m a 49ers fan and loosely followed Auburn (after reading Chad Gibbs awesome book ‘Faith and Football’) but one of my students said I should support a college team closer to San Francisco – he is a Dolphins and Gators fan – so I’m going with Stanford next season. God Bless You and your family!

  7. Hey Bryan! Thank you for dropping by Seekers Portal and liking my post “From Mess to Masterpiece.” You have an interesting blog here. Keep up the good work and God bless your beautiful family more! 🙂

  8. Hellooo Chief, I appreciate your patronage of my blogging page and I am grateful for the “likes” that you have left lol. I love your About Me page, how awesome and cute are your babies & Jess! I used to be a Seminoles fan, and I also lived in Panama City for a little over a year; I really loved it there! Math teachers though, grrr! My husband is struggling through his college math courses right now haha, what is your tutoring fee? 😉 Anyway, I am glad that you stopped through and I love your page so far. I need to purchase a few more minutes in the day so that I can read more. God bless you Sir, keep fighting the good fight of faith!

    pw

  9. I see you’ve been very busy lately visiting blogs, Chief. Thanks for making mine a stop on your itinerary. Glad to meet a kindred spirit.

  10. I thought you would like to know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Award.

    If you want to accept the award please follow these simple rules:

    – include the image on your blog
    – answer some questions about yourself (see my blog post at: http://mirjamfels.com/2012/02/28/sunshine-award/)
    – nominate another 10-12 bloggers
    – link to the one who nominated you

    Greetings and thank you for reading my message,
    Mirjam

  11. I hope having a blog doesn’t fuel my self promoting narcissistic tendencies. Also, “Chief of the least” may sound like a disingenuous attempt at humility, but it’s not…I think.

    I got a kick out of that. I can’t tell you how perfectly it mimicks my own thought patterns. 😀

  12. Thanks for liking my post on Future Flying Saucers. I’m an FSU grad as well.(1995 Early Childhood Ed) Go NOLES!!!!

  13. Hi Bryan, thanks for visiting my blog. I read through a couple of your posts and found them truly inspiring. Lovely to meet you. Greetings from Cape Town!

  14. Heh , Nice blog here.

    3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    art

  15. Thanks for checking out my blog. I’m just learning how to do this so please be patient with me. I have a lot to share but I’m trying to figure out how and where to place things.

    Thanks for sharing your family. They are all beautiful. Blessings to you.

  16. thanks for checking out my blog. I am now a subscriber to yours. You may not want me around tho, as I am a die-hard LSU fan. 😉

  17. Thanks for the ‘like’ on my post. I read the story of the awkward family photo (Christmas edition) – so fun!! We have a Dawson Josiah in our family. : )

  18. Dude,

    Thanks for swinging by my blog. Nice to meet you. BTW, were you a ‘Noles fan back in the day of the controversial Nat’l Championship over Notre Dame? I’m thinking early 90’s. My brother was/is a huge ND fan and has never let that go. He still rocks a t-shirt about it.

    Rex

    1. Oh yeah! 1993 national champs with Heisman winner Charlie Ward and Derrick Brooks leading the D. Ask your brother how he liked that Champs Sports Bowl last year. : ) Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Bryan, thanks for saying “Like” on my post “Intimations of Mortality.” One of the pages in my “Pages” section on the right side of my blog is “Topical List of Posts and Comments.” You will find a separate section on religion. Hope you like those posts too.

  20. Thank you for visiting my blog! Its very inspiring that even in cyberspace we are surrounded by people who love and serve God.

  21. Hello! Since you’re following our site (parkwayplace.wordpress.com), I wanted to mention that we’re moving our site to our main homepage at ppbc.com/blog and also invite you to follow us over there since the current site will be going away. Thanks a bunch and God bless!

  22. Hello Chief Bryan

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my posts. (It took me a while to find out how to post a comment on yours, but here I am! 🙂 )

    Pardon the footprints as I run around here a bit.

    God bless you and yours,
    ann

  23. Thank you, Bryan, for having a look at (and liking!) The Parsons Pages. I enjoyed (and liked) reading your testimony. It is the spirit that quickeneth. The Lord bless you and your family.

  24. Hey Brian,
    Thanks for checking out my blog. I’m glad to have had the chance to stumble upon yours because you have some good elements I would like to incorporate on mine. Keep up the dedication to the text!

    Keep on keeping on,
    NM

  25. Hello Bryan

    Thank you for visiting my blog. It always comes as a great surprise if anybody reads it! So thank you for the kindness and encouragement x

  26. Thanks the visit to my blog, it gave me the chance to find yours! You’ve got some awesome thoughts, keep it up.

  27. Good morning Bryan,

    I liked how you expressed your life in this About page. I met you when you LIKED my A better way blog http://jancoxabetterway.wordpress.com. I always wonder how people find others – must be the leading of the Holy Spirit, I guess.

    You can also find me writing at http://underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com

    As we encourage each other in our writing, our thoughts and our faith – thanking God for leading us to meet one another,

    Jan

  28. Thanks Bryan for your encouragement,

    I have only been a “true believer” since 2001. But fast tracking in knowledge as this is my love – learning more and helping others to learn.

    Right now I am with my daughter and husband as they have their first baby. A grandson – 10 pounds 7 ounces.

    This is our 5th grandchild but never have I stayed this long with a member of the family. My husband is staying in Arizona (we winter there).

    lots of fun…
    Blessings,
    Jan

  29. Hi, Bryan! Just wanted to drop by and give you my thanks for the likes on “The Perfect Problem” and “This War of Blood and Tears.” I greatly appreciate them.

    Blessings to you and your family! You have a beautiful family. I wish y’all nothing but the best.

    Peace,
    Marcus G.

  30. Hi Bryan with a y. I’m Brian with an i. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking some of my posts. I’ve been enjoying your blog. Keep up the good work! God Bless.

  31. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Can’t wait to read your blog thoroughly.

    I love your statement about being found faithful to the end. What a wonderful single “bucket list” entry!

  32. Hello Bryan,

    Thanks for visiting my blog – and liking it! I really do commend the lecture to you, it’s certainly one the best I have heard.

    Every Blessing,

    Mike

  33. Thanks for stopping by and reading my ponderings on In the Land of Blood and Honey. Great looking blog!

  34. Thanks Bryan for visiting me at http://revpodcast.org. For those interested in the Revelation my bible study group is covering this interesting book in detail. We apply the truths of Revelation to our own lives today. And we are not predicting the end of the world!

  35. Bryan,

    I took a look at your blog. You have some excellent information on it. The London Baptist Confession was interesting. There are many historic creeds which I would like to review but they are so time consuming. I have read the Apostle’s Creed, Athanaeus creed, and Nicean Creed etc.

    However, being a Baptist by conviction I am more interested in what the Bible clearly says. Creeds and doctrinal statements of faith are important but have a limited purpose. I am Baptist because of the basics of Baptists. They believe in volintary religion. That is, they believe that every person must made his peace with God personally. They do not believe in infant baptism because the Bible clearly teaches what is known as “believers baptism”. A child has to be mature enough to understand and receive Jesus as Saviour for himself. As far as I know there were or never have been Baptists that persecuted other groups or denominations. The Baptist are probably not “Protestants” and did not come out of the Reformation. All or almost all of the leaders of the Reformation came out of the Roman Catholic Church. How do you make a Christian nation? You baptize(sprinkle) them before they are old enough to decide for themselves. Are you aware that there are three distinct Greek words for “sprinkling”, “pouring” and “dipping or immersing”. The Greek word for sprinkling is “Rantizo” All that came out of the Roman Catholic Church continued many of the unbiblical practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

    Talk with you later. By the way I enjoy almost all of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons and writings. Have you read his classic work All of Grace. This was the first Christian paperback book. Out of all the World of Christian literature this book was chosen by Moody Press to become the first Christian paperback. We have it on our blog site connected to the Salvation article 01 Salvation. The article is
    04 All of Grace. The short link will take you to our website. Please continue your work and service of Jesus Christ. “Your labour is not in vain in the Lord”! 1 Corinthians 15:58

    Thomas Clark – Phil. 3:14

    tlc2451@gmail.com

    http://www.bibleresourceman.com/

    short link= bit.ly/H8XFIo

  36. Hi Bryan,

    I can see via what you have written that you have a Godly heart and a man of courage and humility. It is great to know that there are people out there like you and your family.
    May you grow in stature and the love of the Lord Jesus Christ who will complete the work which He has started in you.
    Follow His steps and voice and no other. No compromise.
    Yours in Christ Raymond

  37. What a beautiful family! Congrats on two great sons.

    Thanks for your LIKE on my WP blog today.

    Sure seems like things are ramping up in terms of globalist skullduggery and END TIMES stuff . . .

    REGARDLESS, IT’S WAY PAST TIME FOR FOLKS–all kinds of folks–TO WALK AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO THE LORD JESUS.

    . . . WALKING . . .

    –confessed up
    –repented up
    –prayed up

    . . . as ready as we can contribute to–to being prepared to . . .

    go up . . . if that’s how He orchestrates things . . .

    Will have to check your blog out.

    You may have noticed the wide range of topics that foster my blathering I do at my blog.

    My main purpose is as a watchman . . . a rather sobering ‘thrownness’ that I take fairly seriously and never want to be caught short on.

    Of course, it’s more often the lone voice crying in the wilderness . . . to the cacti and horned toads . . .

    Just so Father, Son, Spirit affirm my doings . . . . that’s the only real priority.

    God’s best to you and yours.

    Blessings in His service and Love.

    BLPH,

    Blessings, Love, Prayers, Hugs,

    Da Ai Xin

  38. Hi, Bryan. Just wanted to tell you that I have nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger” award. If you have received it previously, I apologize for missing it. Didn’t see it posted though, so hopefully I’m not out of
    line. You can find the details about the award on either of my sites:
    Here’s the link to the one I’m writing from: http://hanginoutwithgod.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/versatile-blogger-award/
    As with most of the awards, there are so-called “rules” involved in accepting it, mainly letting people know more about you and passing the award on to other bloggers. However, since the rules suggest passing it on to 15 others, I always like to tell people, please don’t feel pressured by that. Pass it on to only those that you feel you know well enough to consider truly versatile and that you have time to contact. I nominated only 5 for now, but I will add more as I get to know more. I also never pass on an award unless I think it fits the blogger, and this award fits you. You come across is multi-skilled, flexible, and well-rounded (all of which are part of the definition of “versatile.”). And even though your focus is always on God and His truth, you have offered a number of different ways for people to receive from your site.
    So congratulations on the versatility of your blog. Enjoy the honor.
    Sandra

  39. Hi Bryan!

    This is just to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award, which is given to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” Please visit the following link to see the post with your nomination. You are not obligated to accept the award…but I hope you do. You deserve it.

    Here’s the link: : http://meshawnsenior.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/ive-been-nominated-for-the-sunshine-blog-award/

    Blessings,
    Meshawn

  40. Hello Bryan,

    I have been nominated for the ‘Sunshine Award'” by fellow blogger Thelma Cunningham.

    In turn, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Please visit my post “I have been nominated for the ‘Sunshine Award'” –

    http://tvaraj.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/i-have-been-nominated-for-the-sunshine-award/go

    to grab the logo for posting on your site. Also I have included the instructions penned by other bloggers who have been nominated for the award before me.

    For those who do not know what a Sunshine Blog Award is (and that included me), it is a prize awarded to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. This is a sort of chain letter that we can never resist.

  41. Hello Bryan,

    Sorry about the comment I made just a few seconds ago. The word “go” got added to the link making it null.

    I have been nominated for the ‘Sunshine Award’” by fellow blogger Thelma Cunningham.

    In turn, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award.

    Please read my post “I have been nominated for the ‘Sunshine Award’” –

    http://tvaraj.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/i-have-been-nominated-for-the-sunshine-award/

    If you are interested, then copy the logo for posting on your site. Also I have included the instructions penned by other bloggers who have been nominated for the award before me.

    For those who do not know what a Sunshine Blog Award is (and that included me), it is a prize awarded to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. This is a sort of chain letter that we can never resist.

  42. Thank you for visiting my blog, Itsmindbloggleing. I am proud that you have the courage to stand up for Christ and for righteousness on wordpress.

  43. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I appreciate your interest. 🙂 I look forward to visiting your blog here, as well. God bless you and your beautiful family.

  44. I must say, one the most awesome fruits that have come from starting to blog about my love of Jesus Christ, is that I’ve met other like-minded brothers and sisters who feel the same way. And mainly by them visiting my blog, which I’m always happy to visit theirs, and in so doing, dive into awesomeness and inspiration by their writing and example.

    For that I thank you Bryan for visiting and liking my blog, and in so doing, introducing me to yours!

    Be blessed brother, and may God continue to pour out his love and blessing on you and your family : )

  45. Hi Chief Bryan. Thank you for liking my “Delight Yourself in the Lord” blog. I notice that you have a section on “Reform Theology.” I have an ongoing discussion about free will and predestination that you might want to participate in on my other blog,
    “Gothic Romance” (aka “The Prince in the Tower”). You have a lovely family and an a fascinating blog. Blessings!

  46. Hello, Bryan (with a y). Thanks heaps for visiting my blog. You’ve been doing it longer than I have, but I would just offer this one comment that you’ve probably already figured out by now; if a person has any self-promoting narcissistic tendencies at all, trying to write a good blog is an excellent way to knock the stuffing right out of them. God bless you and your beautiful family!

  47. Thank you Bryan for visiting my blog. Your writing is a tool God is perfecting and making Himself known…don’t ever doubt that! God has hand taught me in this blogging adventure….just wish I knew more about WordPress! You are right down the road neighbor, we are in south Georgia. Merry Christmas and keep sharing!

  48. Thank-you for taking the time to encourage me, and for praying alongside me in Blue Stone City. Blessings to you as a writer, teacher and family man this year. ~Miriam

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