Welcome to Upon This Rawk!

My name is Barry and the blog title refers to the title to a Larry Norman album title. I changed the spelling of rock to match my usual spelling “Rawk”. Yes, I am a geek and I have spelled it this way since the band Thousand Foot Krutch released a song called “Rawkfist“.

I live in a small town near Omaha, Nebraska with my wife Robin. We are technically empty-nesters, although a few of our six children have returned home for a short spell. I also have six grand-kids. I love music and most things technical. I am computer software professional with many years of IT experience.

First and foremost I am a slave to Christ. I have been bought for a price. The price was God’s own son, and the price was paid on the cross. He lived the life and paid the debt I could not. I love my wife and family. I am learning over the years that God really does mean it when He commands me to love my wife as Christ loves the church and gave Himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25-33). I am learning to love my bride like that, as God graces me with each new day. God wakes me up each day so that I can serve and glorify Him. It is my desire to serve Him and enjoy each day that is given to me. God created me unique to glorify and I serve Him. I serve Him by serving my wife and family, studying His word, and working as a software developer to provide for my family.

This blog site is dedicated to Jesus Christ and seeing Him proclaimed through the written word. It is my desire to use this site as a means to communicate and journal my thoughts, interests, activities, and to encourage those who might stop by and read. It is my own personal challenge to try and add something to this and other blog sites each day. I love to dialog about our Lord. So please stop by and sit a spell and leave some comments of encouragement or insight and I will be blessed by it.

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25 responses to “About

  1. Josh

    March 24, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    I just visted your site today after seeing your post on Irish Calvinist. Very nice site. Have a good weekend!


  2. mike

    March 31, 2007 at 7:10 am


    thanks for linking us!

    mike abendroth

  3. danny wright

    April 29, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Great Site

    I sat and read for awhile. My wife and I listened to the music you linked on your current post. We’ve never heard of this band; we both liked it. We are in Phoenix and are raising 2 children of our own.

    Great site, Thx

  4. barrydean

    May 3, 2007 at 1:50 am


    You are most welcome. I appreciate your odedience to the Lord and His calling on your life to preach the gospel. I love to download and listen to your sermons.

    BTW your younger brother is not to shabby at preaching either. 😉

  5. Amanda

    May 3, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    This is a wonderful site. I sat here and read it all even the stuff you wrote last year. Its very deep and very insightful.It is a wonderful thing that you dedicate your entire site for God. I really like it.I also enjoyed reading about your guitar your making. I never knew that about you. I will pass this blog site on to others so they can enjoy it as much as I have.

    Amanda Simmons
    Chattanooga TN

  6. Barry

    May 3, 2007 at 8:23 pm


    Welcome to the world of BarryDean4Christ. I appreciate the comments. I am happy that you read so much of it. Especially since its coming from my oldest daughter. I first created it as kind of a self sounding board. Then not long ago one of the pastors at our church who has a great blog site called Irish Calvinist put a link to my site on his site. Now I get more comments from folks I have never met before, engaging in conversations about Christ and theology. It is a very cool side bonus.
    Thanks for stopping by and checking it out.



  7. anwoth

    July 25, 2007 at 7:22 am

    Barry, it’s good to “meet” you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m bookmarking yours now, and I intend to visit often.


  8. Scott

    August 7, 2007 at 12:26 am

    I dropped by via your comment on my blog. Thanks for stopping in.

    I added you to my blogroll so I will be able to stop in here and read in more detail the wonderful things you write about.


    In His Word,

  9. barrydean

    August 7, 2007 at 12:51 am

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks and I will do the same.

  10. ladyjane63

    October 30, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Really nice site. I’m just getting started. But I hope to glorify the Lord with my blog as well. God is Great! Peace to you and your family.

  11. barrydean

    October 31, 2007 at 2:17 am

    Thank you LadyJane63. Welcome to the blogosphere. God is indeed great and worthy of all praise. Thanks for the comment.

  12. Matt

    March 17, 2008 at 12:21 pm


    I like your blog! Do you have a personal e-mail address where I can get in touch with you? I’d like to discuss something music related. Thanks!


  13. Sally

    June 13, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I am a nursing instructor and would like to contact you regarding use of one of your images. Please let me know a way to communicate with you. Thanks, Sally

  14. Jeff Roney

    September 5, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I believe that God would be pleased with your blog, but can Comcast offer uncapped internet usage in Heaven, and will cables stretch that far? Just wondering, Jeff

  15. Barry Wallace

    October 2, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Nice blog. I’ve been a long-time reader of Irish Calvinist, but just wandered over here for the first time today, and have enjoyed reading some of your thoughts. Keep up the good work.

  16. alaskanedwhite

    April 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks for the time and effort in putting your blog up. I am a missionary in Alaska. Thanks for putting up some interesting things. I remember going through Nebraska in 1977, the Lord needs us where we are.

  17. joshua

    July 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm


    I’d like to point out the Solomon’s website has several blank pages. It’s not professionally designed, it appears to be in a wordpress format. I visited their website a while back and it wasn’t on the same system as it is now, which leads me to believe they haven’t filled in all their information yet. I do not attend Solomon’s Porch, but I know people who do and would identify myself as emergent, and most people within the emergent conversation have very definite beliefs on the nature of the local church. I’d be happy to speak more on these if you like. But I wouldn’t interpret a lack of content on a website as a lack of belief on the subject.

    God bless!

  18. Erik

    December 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I just noticed that your first post was December 14, 2005. Congrats on 4 years & 240,633 hits in the blogosphere Barry! Keep up the insightful posts…blog elder statesman! 😉

  19. barrydean

    December 15, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you Erik my brother and fellow blogger. I really need to post something soon and I will.

  20. Barry Dean (it really is)

    January 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    People like you make me ashamed to be Christian. It’s unlimited access to the internet allowing people such as yourself to post their close minded “nobody else can be right” views that is destroying this beautiful world that God created. Your thoughts can only be called “anti-intellectual”. Keep these 1200AD thoughts to yourself.

  21. barrydean

    January 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Barry Dean, (if it really is?)
    I started this blog to dialog with those who desire to understand God and His will. I have never pretended to have all the answers. I am a student of theology myself. To the best of ability I maintain true to the doctrine about God and His creation that is found in the biblical text. If you would like to discuss at least a point in particular that you disagree with, I welcome that. But instead I see you would rather resort to personal attacks in a general sense. I thank God every day for the historical doctrines and biblical absolutes. I find them much more in line with who God is than any of the liberal minded, post-modern schools of thought taught in many churches today. One last thing – I have always found it amazing that the ones who attack have no open forum like a blog to express their own thoughts and dialog with others. I challenge you to take some courage and start your own “intellectual” blog.

  22. Rev.M.S.Babu

    March 24, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Dear Brother in Christ,Barry Dean
    Greetings to you in the most precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! In the light of my calling and purpose, I sought a fresh evaluation of my life, purpose, goal and mission in starting this ministry in the most backward, rural areas of Andhra Pradesh, India.
    I would love to conduct the Gospel Crusades , Pastors & Leaders, women Conference with you in our Eluru City, Andhra Pradesh, India .I am cordially inviting you to our Nation to reap the great end time-Harvest for God’s Kingdom, visit our Hephzibah Orphanage, Church and Ministry. Our vision is to preach the Gospel to every creature and to strengthen the unity among the Pastors, Leaders and Believers and win the souls for our Heavenly Master.
    Our work will focus on ministry in rural areas. Our Mission efforts are Leadership Training Center, Church Planting, and Spiritual formation activities, Outreach Ministries, Old Age Home, Children’s Center, School and Hospital.
    We are committed to developing Christian leaders at all stages of life who will serve Christ and serve others by equipping them to address the social and spiritual challenges that are facing India now and into the future, we will be better able to reach the un-reached and make an impact in their communities for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
    Kindly get ready to come & preach in the slum areas, Remote and Interior areas in the villages where His word is not being preached. The harvest is truly plenty and your presence is highly required; Invite others also to join with you in this project.
    Please pray and kindly consider our Invitation. We are praying earnestly for your Ministry and activities. Please keep our Ministry and planning Crusades in your precious prayers.
    I am waiting to hear from you soon.
    Thanking you,
    Yours in His Ministry
    Rev M. S Babu

  23. Darryl

    April 12, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Barry Dean,
    I appreciate your devotion to Christ. May our lives only glorify Him! I ran across your website when looking for a picture of a potter making a vessel-to use in our monthly church publication for which I am an associate editor. You have a very nice picture of a potter making a vessel. Could I have your permission to use it? Thank you very much, and God bless you.

  24. barrydean

    April 14, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Hi Darryl,
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I do not own the rights to the image in question I downloaded it from the following site.

  25. gabrielgsmit

    May 4, 2014 at 4:28 am

    God bless you guys in Christ!


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