Dave Hope, original bass player with the group, Kansas introduces himself:
'Before I met Jesus in 1980, my stock and trade was playing in a reckless and crazy rock & roll band. This might seem to some a disqualification for making any sort of intelligent scripture commentary. And if that's not enough, I have some other great credentials to add that. First, I have only a high school education, and as I think it's not much of one at that! Out of the time I spent in school. I can only remember three classes: Smoking in the Boys Room, Advanced Sleeping in Class, and I think the third one was some kind of Physical Awareness class. All I can remember doing was checking my pulse every few minutes to see if my heart was still beating, because the sensations of being bored to death were not to be ignored.
To further add to my resume and add filler for the record, I come from a divorced family. I smoked three to four packs of cigarettes a day for numerous decades and there was a period of time that I was one hundred pounds overweight. I polluted my body with cheap chemicals in the 60's, only to graduate to more expensive ones in the 70's because my musical career became more lucrative.
My mother is a born-again Jew and my brother is a Christian lawyer -- really. When my father was alive, he was judge back to Kansas which is where I was raised. I will not go into my spectacular achievements in marriage or romance, because that would drag in innocent people whom I still love. I hurt them and all I can say is I am truly sorry.
All I am trying to convey is this: If you're looking for that 'all America' role type, I'm not it. I would not want to mislead you or have invest your trust and time into someone who is claiming to be something he is not. But if you are interested in listening and chewing over some thoughts about the Bible with someone who's a little torn, dog-eared, and been around the block, I'm your man.