"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
Dean B. McIntyre is the director of music resources at the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, Tennessee, a position that includes responsibility for development of musical and worship resources, planning and leading field events related to music and worship, continued development and expansion of GBOD’s music website, and the MethodistMusicians email listserv. In addition he chairs The United Methodist Church’s study of worship and music in the denomination for the 2004-2008 quadrennium. Dr. McIntyre has published works for organ, handbells, and adult and children’s choirs with a number of publishers. He is a member of ASCAP and a Life Member of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts.
McIntyre received a B.A. in organ performance, California State University, San Bernardino; a Masters in music, post-secondary music education, Eastern New Mexico University; and a Ph.D. in fine arts, (music history and literature) from Texas Tech University.