About Ryan

Living the simple life and simplifying. I live on a rural Kentucky homestead with my wife and two daughters. Soli Deo Gloria.

#006 Burning Garden Beds and Justly Derived Authority

In this episode, Ryan talks about burning garden beds, how, and why. Ryan also discusses how the fact that all human authority is derived from God’s ultimate, divine, and comprehensive authority determines his political beliefs. Secondarily, Ryan relates how his Scripture reading informs his beliefs about how other human institutions relate to God and one another.

Spoken Word: Imputation

Consider the beauty of the truth known as imputation
It’s how God chose to deal with our sin and its implications
Yes, in order to comprehend why this doctrine is so great
First, we gotta understand those born of man’s original state
And for that we go back to the only man never born
To Adam, the First Man, whom Genesis says God formed
From the dust of the ground and then breathed into him life
Gave him dominion over the earth and even gave him Eve, his wife
But there was a serpent in the Garden, there just to cause problems
But praise God, in Genesis 3, He tells us how He’s gonna solve them
Before that, back to our story, the serpent said, “God should share the glory
“Eat this fruit, be absolutely like Him; don’t ignore me”
Eve, deceived, reached into the tree and took forbidden fruit to eat it
Adam, apparently there the whole time, should have told the serpent, “Beat it!”
But no, he stood there silently while his wife Eve took a bite
She gave him some, he ate, and instantly they knew things weren’t right
So, Adam fell and brought the stain of sin onto all humanity
Because he represented us, God imputed his sin onto you and me
You might say, “That’s not fair! When Eve shared we weren’t there to deny it”
But I say, “Trust me on this, if you were there, you woulda tried it”
In wisdom, by making the first Adam our representative federal head
God is justified in the work of the Last Adam to raise His people from the dead
Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin1
Righteousness comes through one man: Jesus, God’s great gift to men
And just like one man’s sin is imputed onto all, thus our sin nature
Righteousness is credited, or imputed, onto God’s people through the Savior
And it works both ways–our sins were imputed onto Jesus. Hear this:
He was made sin, Who knew no sin, that we might become His righteousness2
For as by one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners3
The many will be made righteous by the obedience of the Life Giver
God’s law shows us our sin, but also the grace that abounds all the more4
So that grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Christ our Lord5
Now that you’ve heard it, you might be asking, “What’s the modern application?”
Here it is: you can live for Him; Christ’s righteousness is yours through imputation

1) Romans 5:12
2) 2 Corinthians 5:21
3) Romans 5:19
4) Romans 5:20
5) Romans 5:21

Ryan's Sorghum Sweet Potato Pie

Over the course of about three years I perfected this pie. To my taste, it’s not too sweet, nor is any flavor overpowering. The sorghum gives it an earthy sweetness, the ginger some mild bite, and the bourbon vanilla extract plays a subtle yet important supporting role for the star, the sweet potatoes.

Poor pic of a great pie

Oddly, no other sweet potato pie recipe I’ve found calls for salt. It was the last thing I added to the recipe, and it absolutely ties all the flavors together perfectly. The ginger goes great with the graham cracker crust. When making fresh whipped cream, throw in some of that bourbon vanilla extract.

  • 2-3 sweet potatoes (1.25-1.5 lbs raw)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sorghum (not molasses)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (preferably homemade with bourbon)*
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 9″ graham cracker pie crust

Bake sweet potatoes at 425* for one hour. Turn off heat and let sweet potatoes remain in oven for 40-50 minutes until tender. Preheat oven to 350*. Remove sweet potato skins and place in large mixing bowl. Add butter and mix. Add sorghum, brown sugar, cream, eggs, bourbon vanilla extract, spices and salt. Mix until smooth. Pour filling into pie crust and bake at 350* for one hour. Let cool and fall. Serve warm with fresh whipped cream.

*If you don’t have bourbon vanilla extract, add 1/4 tsp bourbon with 3/4 tsp regular vanilla extract

BB Podcast will return in 2020!

I just wanted to let both of you know that I’m still here. Between family, work, church, holidays, illnesses, the homestead, songwriting, and more–well, let’s just say I’ve barely had time to think about the podcast. I look forward to getting back into it next month (next year). Until then, may your mind be on the ways of the Lord!

How To Make Fermented Honey Garlic

This was one of my first ferments. I, my uncle, and neighbor keep bees, so there’s no shortage of raw honey here.

Why make it?

First of all, it’s crazy easy. Peel garlic. Pour honey. Put in a dark place. Turn it over/swirl it around every few days. Wait.

That’s it.

Another reason is that it increases the immune-boosting and medicinal properties of honey and garlic. Fermentation partially digests food for us, making more goodies bio-available.

It also tastes good. Use if for sauces, marinades, and glazes.

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The More I Read …

… the less equipped I feel.

I can’t recall as much of what I read as I used to, and I don’t have the time to study and build up knowledge as I would like. So, I read Scripture for songwriting, sermons, and personal study; and read books and articles by those with far greater knowledge and education than I, and I wind up thinking, “Why am I even trying to contribute? I know so little!”

Thankfully, I know as long as I preach and sing according to God’s Word, even if it is on the simple side, God uses it. God uses me. ME! as a means for his glory.

How small I am.

How great HE is.