Brian Nixon

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Brian Charles Nixon (born 13 July 1969) is a television and radio host, author, minister, journalist, and former rock musician of the rock band, The Electra. He is married to his wife Melanie Nixon and has two sons, Cailan Nixon and Isaiah Nixon and one daughter, Sutherland Jaramillo. They live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1]

Musical work[edit]

During his high school years in San Jose, California, Brian met Jeff Carlson and Chris Manak (aka, Peanut Butter Wolf) and formed the underground rock group, The Electra. Signed to Epithet/Americanon Records,[2] The Electra recorded only one album, USAmerica, but went on to influence other musicians through the continued musical work of Chris Manak and Jeff Carlson's Stones Throw Records.[3] The Electra are highlighted in the award-winning documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw.[4]

After leaving The Electra, Brian attended college and formed two other local bands, Canterbury (1992–1995)[5][6][7][8][9] and Widow's Mite (1995–2000).[1] Widow's Mite was signed to the music label Hope Records, owned and operated by Rick Wakeman of the influential rock group, Yes.[1]

Brian Nixon's music project, The Beautiful Gallows,[10] was nominated for the best Religious/Gospel recording for the New Mexico Music Awards in 2014.[11]

Research[edit]

Brian Nixon has proposed the theory of Icon Numbers, a mathematical means by which God may structure and order the universe.[12] His theory has connections to the thought of German scientist Dr. Peter Zöller-Greer.[13][14]

Brian Nixon has presented work for the Kalokagathic Argument From Beauty,[15] an argument derived from Russian mathematician Pavel Florensky and the ontological argument as presented by Dr. Norman Geisler. The argument proposes that beauty can communicate God's being.

The argument is presented as follows:[15]

  1. If beauty exists, it must be conjoined in a Necessary Being which cannot not exist; (major premise)
  2. Consequently, beauty, as an attribute of a Necessary Being, cannot not exist; it is actual (minor premise).
  3. Beauty exists; therefore, we must conceive of beauty as real, rooted in reality as an attribute of a Necessary Being as conveyed through creation (conclusion).
  4. Beauty is, therefore God exists (summary).

Brian Nixon has written on Faux/Pseudo Modernism, a proposed worldview that may shape future philosophy. Nixon’s thoughts are related to philosopher Alan Kirby.[16]

As a visual artist, Brian Nixon's research and work is in avant-garde iconography,[17][18] with connection to the thought and philosophy of Pavel Florensky. His other artwork is related to Japanese influenced Sumi-e art, concentrating on Pop influenced watercolors.[19]

Journalism[edit]

Brian Nixon writes for ANS News, founded by British journalist Dan Wooding.[20] Writing in a narrative form of journalism,[21] Nixon covers stories as wide-ranging as Cormac McCarthy[22] and Robert Redford[23] to Daniel Dennett.[24]

Education[edit]

Brian Nixon graduated from California State University, Stanislaus, with a B.A in Liberal Studies, Trinity Seminary with an M.A in Religious Education, Veritas International University with an M.A in Theology, St. Alcuin House with a D. Phil. in Christian Education,[25] and is a Fellow at Oxford Graduate School.[26]

At Trinity Seminary, Brian Nixon studied the works of Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, later helping promote Montgomery's work and lectures within the United States.[27][28] In Montgomery's memoir, Fighting the Good Fight: A Life in Defense of the Faith, Brian Nixon is thanked.[29]

Christian ministry[edit]

Prior to Brian's involvement with Calvary Chapel, Nixon was a licensed minister within the Church of the Brethren,[30] active in Christian peacemaking.[5]

Brian is the founder of Calvary Chapel Education Association (CCEA), established in 2004.[31]

Brian directed and produced a ten-part documentary interview with famed guitar makers, Pimentel and Sons, before the death of the founder, Lorenzo Pimentel.[32]

He is currently Director of Education in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US, at Calvary of Albuquerque, where he lectures on church history.

Brian Nixon and Skip Heitzig's children book, The Voyage of Brendan McCurdy, was a finalist for best Religious Book in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in 2018.[33]

Books[edit]

  • Inspired to Teach (Calvary Chapel Publishing, 2003; ISBN 1-931667-75-6)
  • The Master Teacher (Calvary Chapel Publishing, 2004; ISBN 1-931667-93-4)
  • Choosing the Right Bible for You, with Dave Rolph (Calvary Chapel Publishing, 2006; ISBN 1-59751-010-6)
  • Line Upon Line, with Chuck Smith (CCOF Publishing, 2007; ISBN 1-59751-026-2)
  • The Explorer's Study Bible, Contributor. (Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2009; ISBN 978-1-4003-1325-9)
  • Express: On Prayer with Skip Heitzig. (Connection Publications, 2010; ISBN 978-1-886324-72-5)

Poetry[edit]

  • Annual Poetry Anthology, The Bookstore, Ltd.[34]
  • The Presence of Intent: Poetry and Paintings.[35]
  • The Penwood Review, Cameron, L.M, Editor. Spring 1999, Volume 3, Number 1. .[36]

Music[edit]

  • The Electra, USAmerica, Americanon, 1989
  • Canterbury, Flowers and Leaves, 1991; A Modest Ascent of Berjm M. Babb (1993)
  • Widow's Mite, Widow’s Mite (1996), A Garden Rises Up (Hope Records, 1997)
  • Brian Nixon wrote the modern hymn, Gloria Exaltus, with text co-written by Skip Heitzig.[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Punk Rocker, Poet, and Christian Radio Host Makes a Move, Assist News Service (2008)
  2. ^ The Greatest Band You Never Heard: The Electra, International Press Association (2008)
  3. ^ The Electra: A Band Like No Other, Good News Daily (2008)
  4. ^ Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records, retrieved 2019-04-11
  5. ^ a b Griffith, Dorsey. "He Had Right T-Shirt-Wrong Rally". Modesto Bee. (April 3, 1991).
  6. ^ Atwood, Lewie. "Local Band Finds Itself". The Signal News. (March 17, 1993).
  7. ^ Staff writer. "Canterbury". American Music Press. (May 1993, Volume 1, Issue 8).
  8. ^ Garcia, Chris. "Battle Cry". The Press Democrat. (Sunday, August 8, 1993).
  9. ^ Cearley, Linda. "Local Band: Canterbury". Modesto Bee. (October 1993).
  10. ^ "Jim Morrison, New Mexico, The Beautiful Gallows, and the Gothic Connection". Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  11. ^ "The New Mexico Music Awards | Winners Listings". newmexicomusicawards.com. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  12. ^ Ellis, Mark. "Did God create each person with a unique Icon Number? | God Reports". Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  13. ^ Nixon, Brian (2017-03-13). "Peter Zöller-Greer: A Rational Approach to Theism". Assist News. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  14. ^ Zöller-Greer, Peter (2002). "Softwareengineering für Ingenieure und Informatiker". doi:10.1007/978-3-663-01465-2.
  15. ^ a b Nixon, Brian (2019-03-20). "Kalokagathic: Argument From Beauty". Assist News. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  16. ^ Nixon, Brian (2015-07-02). "Pseudo/Faux-Modern: The Next Epoch". Assist News. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  17. ^ Nixon, Brian (2017-06-02). "Avant-Garde Icons: Metaphysics Made Manifest". Assist News. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  18. ^ Nixon, Brian (2017-10-08). "Beyond Christian Art: Iconography". Assist News. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  19. ^ Nixon, Brian (2019-04-08). "Stay Creative: Exploring Japanese Sumi-e Art". Assist News. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  20. ^ "Assist News - Your link to the news you care about around the world". Assist News. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  21. ^ Nixon, Brian (2018-12-06). "Journalists of Faith". Assist News. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  22. ^ "Cormac McCarthy Gives Us a Peek at The Passenger". www.crossmap.com. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  23. ^ "Earth Dialogues". Green Fire Times. 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  24. ^ Nixon, Brian (2017-05-11). "Caught In The Pulpit: Daniel Dennett in Santa Fe". Assist News. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  25. ^ Shirvani, Hamid."California State University Stanislaus: Alumni Directory". Harris Connect Inc., 2007 PNLH-W27-8-26.8VA. Page 310.
  26. ^ "A School on a Hill", ANS News, Tuesday, April 28, 2009. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-09-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  27. ^ Nixon, Brian (2016-09-09). "Fighting the Good Fight: The Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery". Assist News. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  28. ^ Nixon, Brian (2015-09-23). "Tough and Tender-Minded Christianity". Assist News. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  29. ^ "Fighting the Good Fight: A Life in Defense of the Faith". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  30. ^ Hurlbut, David L., "A History of the Empire Church of the Brethren," page 22, ECOB Publishers, 2006
  31. ^ Marsh, Chapin, Dr. "A Classic Excellence: A Framework of Education Based on Christ, Delivered from the Bible". Calvary Chapel Publishing, 2005. Page 6. ISBN 1-59751-018-1.
  32. ^ http://www.pimentelguitars.com/Media/OtherPublications/YouTube1.html. Retrieved February, 2011.
  33. ^ "Book Awards". New Mexico Book Co-op. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  34. ^ California Poets, April 1998. Tinwhistle Press. Page 13
  35. ^ Two Mites Press, Modesto, California, 1998.
  36. ^ The Penwood Review Press, Pages 22 and 23. ISSN 1092-5155
  37. ^ "The History of a Modern Hymn: Gloria Exaltus", Assist News, October 21, 2008. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2009-09-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)