I am Carol Brandt: mother of two daughters, grandmother of five, a widow, have raised seven collies, and have taught Bible classes to children and women.
I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I learned to read and write during those years! I taught high school history and government before “retiring” to full-time homemaking, raising two daughters, and writing and teaching.
My husband, John, was an optometrist, who served his profession through private practice and as a consultant. He was on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for more than twenty years… as Chairman for five years and Acting President during a difficult time. He loved the book of Romans! And was greatly influenced by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He taught many Bible classes as well as served as a leader in his church. He was a warm-hearted Calvinist and a gentle, kind man.
Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this balancing of the mind and heart which is warm-hearted Calvinism. He gave me many books by other warm-hearted Calvinists. The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Charles Spurgeon, and THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE, edited by R. C. Sproul have been other sources of Reformed thinking. “Reformed” or “Calvinism” is a division within Christianity. They are terms used to define an interpretation of the whole Bible around God’s sovereign grace and independent action in our salvation. I am not ashamed of this gospel, or embarrassed by it, for it is the power of God that leads to the sure salvation of all those who believe. I agree with an old hymn, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness…All other ground is sinking sand.”
Here is a tract written by Roger Ellsworth, another warm-hearted Calvinist, that clearly states the good news I want you to embrace:
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
“The Historic Christian Gospel is ‘the gospel of God’ (Rom. 1:1; 1 Thess. 2:2) in that it is not the product of mere speculation. God planned the gospel and revealed it
to us in the holy Scriptures. In this gospel, God tells us what He demands of us to get into heaven, namely, a perfect righteousness (Rom. 1:17). God is a perfect God, and heaven is a perfect place. God will not allow anything sinful into heaven to defile
it (Rev. 21:27).
God has also revealed that we are completely incapable of living up to the perfect righteousness that He demands (Rom. 3:10,23). We are sinners by nature and by choice. We break God’s laws in thought, in word and in deed. In the face of God’s demand for righteousness, we have nothing to offer but sinful living.
The word ‘gospel’ means ‘good news.’ The truly good news of the gospel is this: God Himself has provided in His own Son, Jesus Christ, the righteousness that He demands of us.
Jesus provided that righteousness by living in perfect obedience to God’s laws, and on the cross He received in His own body the penalty our sins so richly deserve. What Christ did for sinners is now offered by God to all, and it becomes ours when we turn
from our sins (repentance) and cast ourselves completely on Christ as our only hope (faith).
The essence of the Christian gospel is this: the Lord Jesus took the sins of the believing sinner, and the sinner receives in their place the righteousness of Christ, and is, therefore, made fit for heaven (2 Cor. 5:21).
We call this gospel ‘historic’ because the things that Christ did actually occurred in history, and this gospel has been proclaimed through the centuries.”
Used by Permission of Roger Ellsworth
My family is everything to me. Proverbs says: “The crown of old age is grandchildren.” That is certainly true for me. I have five grandchildren. And I always have at least one collie around. Here are a few pictures.
My name is Gabriella Padgett, and I handle the technology on CarolBrandt.com, the blog, and associated social media sites. Sometimes I write on the blog also. I have known Carol (Ms. Carol, to me) my entire life, as she was, and still is a mentor to my mother. I have enjoyed hearing valuable insights about Christian doctrine and life from her, her daughters, and her late husband, Dr. John. They even let me have my wedding in their front yard!
I graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2015 with a B.S. in Mathematics, and minors in Latin and Chinese (Mandarin) languages. I taught High School math in rural North Carolina for two years, and now currently live in work in Dallas, TX with my husband.
My main qualification for the job of administrator: I am a millennial. So how do a millennial and a Senior work together, you may be wondering…
The working relationship we have is one that came together really naturally. I have expertise on technology and social media, while Carol provides wisdom on how to be a woman of Christ. It is an honor to be part of this particular blog which focuses on the truth of the gospel but speaks specifically to women. It is not a self-help blog, or 5-steps-to-success blog (which are a dime-a-dozen); it is an in depth study of the Bible. There is really no other female blogger that I know of who is writing about doctrine rooted in the gospel. I am delighted to help make it happen.