25 Random Things About HBC2

There is a note circulating on Facebook, in which friends ask one another to list twenty-five random things about themselves. I have been “tagged” with these notes. And I have enjoyed reading them. But I had no intention of writing a list myself. But without much deliberation, I opened a new Word document and began to type. Soon a list emerged. Here are twenty-five random things about me:

1.    H.B. is not my initials. That’s my name. For real. My name is H.B. Charles Jr. It’s on my birth certificate, driver’s license, and everything else. My father did it to me. And I did it to my son.

2.    I was born about an hour and a half after her my mother’s birthday. Her birthday is February 10. My birthday is February 11.

3.    Virtually every day, I notice something new about my wife or am reminded of something I already knew about her, that causes me to fall in love with Crystal all over again.

4.    I am absolutely nervous every time I stand to teach or preach the Bible. But I usually calm down right after I finish praying over the message before I begin.

5.    I really wish I knew how to play the piano and the organ.

6.    I love music. But I am paranoid about it. My father used to speak of singing preachers as if it was a bad word. He was convinced that preachers would sing to filibuster, because they didn’t have anything to say.

7.    I pretend to be a realist. But I am a closet idealist. In my world, things are black and white – not gray.

8.    I would rather have a few, meaningful relationships than to have large group of acquaintances that I only know on a superficial level.

9.    I believe in spiritual warfare through long naps.

10.    I did not learn to drive or get my driver’s license until I was 19 years old. Mind you, I began my first pastorate when I was 17. And for about two years, I hitched rides with others everywhere I needed to go.

11.    I bought my first car on April 29, 1992 – The day the Rodney King riots began. That afternoon, I went to the church office to prepare for prayer meeting and a later speaking engagement. I saw the news and the uprising on Florence and Normandy. I encourage the members not to come out to the revival I was preaching. When I got on the freeway to go home after preaching, it looked like the whole city was on fire.

12.    I think I have RLS – Restless Leg Syndrome.

13.    God has blessed me to have a short memory when I have been wronged or hurt. For some reason, forgiveness comes easy for me. I think it is because I know that I need it so from God and others.

14.    I try not to use slang, because most of the slang I am comfortable with is from the 60’s and 70’s. Can you dig it?

15.    I am convinced that “The Nature Boy,” Ric Flair, is one of the all-time great athletes. No, not wrestlers. Athletes. Woooo!!!

16.    I am afraid of heights. Really afraid of heights.

17.    There are very few things in this world that bring me as much pure joy as writing does.

18.    I become emotional whenever I go into a bookstore. This is one of the reasons why, on most occasions, I prefer to go to bookstores alone. I love books! 

19.    I have absolutely no sense of fashion. I would be content if my entire work wardrobe consisted of black suits, white shirts, black ties, black socks, and black shoes.

20.    I have nightmares about Word of Faith preachers kidnapping me and taking me to WoF concentration camps to torture and convert me.

21.    I may seem to be very serious most of the time. But I actually have a great sense of humor. Believe me, I know funny.

22.    I wore a Jheri Curl most of my teenage years, hoping it would keep me from going bald like my father. It did not work.

23.    I remember a large chunk of everything I read. I forget a large chunk of everything people tell me. I need to work at being a better listener.

24.    I am deeply amused whenever I hear anyone pronounce the word “specific” as “Pacific.” I always want to ask, “What does the ocean have to do with this?” I don’t actually do it. But the thought cracks me up on the inside every time.

25.    I love passionately. So I bruise easily. But I heal quickly.

One more for free: I hate lists!

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13 thoughts on “25 Random Things About HBC2

  1. I am not surprised about the curl. I had one too and I a female. They were in style back in the day. At least you were young when you had yours. I was about 18 years old. And had the nerve to sport if for about 5 years. LOL…


  2. Every since your introduction to Shiloh I have wondered about you initials. My thoughts were Henry Hubert or Harry. Did not really have an opinion of “B”.

    That poor child is going to have to explain the rest of his life, for real, my name is HB.

    Thanks for sharing and just continue to be humble and approachable. God knew what Shiloh needed.

  3. Man, oh man. I’m still trying to imagine the curl! Can’t look at you the same without thinking plastic bag. Or is that the other one? LOL!

    I know what you mean with “specific”, though. It still brings a smile to my face with fond memories of my father who thought that noodles with sauce was “Baghetti”.

    See ya Sunday!

  4. Pastor Charles,
    Thank you for your list. I know how you feel on #24. I too get frustrated when people pronounce words incorrectly or mispell them.

  5. Pastor C,
    thanks for last night, it was so good to be back in my church after being going a couple weeks! You brought it…and I thank you…YOU are a BLESSING!


  6. Pastor Charles,

    You are too funny!

    I loved the random list! Thank you for sharing it. I always look forward to reading your blog.

    I can relate….I make a conscience effort to say specific. Don’t feel bad I had the “juice” also (jheri curl). I always thought I had bad skin (acne)…the juice really put it on me.

  7. H.B.

    I really like # 6 & # 20. I'm in agreement with your Father and yourself! Preach good tonight and this weekend!



  8. Pastor Charles,
    When I remember the video you made on McDonald’s farm, who could question your sense of humor? It should have been shown in your birthday video at Shiloh. Your humor deserves an academy award. Leading people will either turn your hair grey or bald. Pastor, your curl was cool. Thanks for the lists and thanks for everything you do for us. Love to you and the family.

  9. I’ve been waiting for the day that you shared with us your full name. I just knew it was something jacked up like Harry Bernard or Herbert Brock, Henry Brent LOL. To see it’s plan o HB is cool too. Nice blog!

  10. Pastor Charles,

    THANK YOU for sharing those 25 things about yourself. It helps us to know you better.

    Some of your points are really funny..you and the jheri curl (that cracks me up) just to imagine it (LoL!!).

    Have a Blessed Day.

  11. Thanks for sharing of yourself…you and I have #17 and #18 in common …and I feel you on #24 but I am a linguist and my list is long!