Woodrow Wilson

The twenty-eighth President was the son of a Presbyterian Minister and was a Calvinist himself. He had a deep faith in God and His direction of the Elect, God's children. His Christian world view of love, charity, and  justice impacted his life and Presidency. He was a Southern child during the end of the Civil… Continue reading Woodrow Wilson

Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood

Well over 50 million babies have been killed through abortion in the United States since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. Many of these abortions are now performed by Planned Parenthood, an organization formed by Margaret Sanger. Her early days saw her as the publisher of the liberal newspaper, "The Women Rebel", which boasted… Continue reading Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood

Sargent Alvin C. York

This simple man became an celebrated hero, awarded the Medal of Honor, for his action in WWI.  He was born in 1887, in the mountains of Tennessee's Cumberland plateau.  He was poor and lived a rough and tough life until he was dramatically saved in a revival meeting.  He became a devout believer.  When he… Continue reading Sargent Alvin C. York

Casting the First Stone

"So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, 'He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.' " John 8:7. Several years ago a commercial ran for a cruise line where the Father said to his family that for their vacation he had… Continue reading Casting the First Stone

Crockett’s Own Story

Recorded history may be more awash with opinion than fact.  Of course, movies and TV shows are designed to exaggerate and embellish stories for entertainment purposes, but an honest man's own account will bear up against the cross examination of opinion.  I found "A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett" to be an interesting… Continue reading Crockett’s Own Story

David Crockett

David Crockett wrote a narrative biography of his life in 1835.  Unable to abtain a ready copy of it, I picked up, "Davy Crockett, the Man, the Legend, the Legacy", by Michael Lofaro.  This book is a book report on all the books, movies, TV shows, and periodicals written about the man.  That alone is… Continue reading David Crockett

Only God is Good

"And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  'Why do you call me good?' Jesus answered.  'No one is good--except God alone.' " So many times over my life I have heard about the exceptionalism of the American people and its government.  This was usually equated… Continue reading Only God is Good

The Destruction of St Pierre

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7. I recently returned from a cruise to the Southern Caribbean and visited the island of Martinique.  I took a tour of the island which included a stop at the ruins of the former capital of St… Continue reading The Destruction of St Pierre

For Cause and Country

For Cause and Country, written by Eric Jacobson, is one of the very best books on the Civil War Battle of Franklin, TN.   It is an excellent read for those interested in the Civil War in general or the Battle of Franklin.  It is a thoroughly-researched book and gives an excellent battle narrative including… Continue reading For Cause and Country

Silent Night

The Christmas Carol, Silent Night, was first sung on Christmas Eve of 1818.  The assistant priest at the newly established parish of St. Nicholas in Oberndorf Salzburg Austria was Joseph Mohr.  Earlier in the day he had handed over to the organist Franz Gruber a poem he had written in 1816 with the request to write… Continue reading Silent Night

Bethlehem

"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2. "And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth,… Continue reading Bethlehem

Away in a Manger

Each year we see the familiar nativity scene during the Christmas season.  It is a reminder of the "reason for the season" which is the birth of our Savior.  I have fond memories as a child of being involved in my Christmas church play about Christ's birth in the manger (always cast as one of… Continue reading Away in a Manger

Over There

On November 11, at the World War I Armistice Day centennial observance, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that "Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: Nationalism is treason."  He went on to say that "If we think our interests may only come first and we don't care for others, it is treason of our values,… Continue reading Over There

Sea of Darkness

On a cold night in February 1864 George Dixon, captain of the CSS Hunley, and his crew of seven attacked and sunk the Federal blockading ship Housatonic in Charleston harbor becoming the first submarine ever to sink a ship.  The Hunley never returned to shore after the sinking and was presumed lost at sea.  The… Continue reading Sea of Darkness

Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667) was a cleric in the Church of England who achieved fame as an author during the rule of Oliver Cromwell.  He is frequently cited as one of the greatest prose writers in the English language.  He was chaplain to King Charles I but later served time in prison after the Puritan parliament… Continue reading Jeremy Taylor

Inside The Third Reich

When I was in the seventh grade, around 1972, my English teacher handed out a book club flyer to encourage us to do some extra reading outside the normal reading assignments.  I was already an enthusiastic reader of books, mainly on history subjects, but rarely found any subject matter I liked in these book flyers.… Continue reading Inside The Third Reich

John Adams

I just finished watching the HBO series of John Adams, based the book by David McCullough.  I read the book when it came out several years ago.  If you have even the smallest interest in history these are well told representations of John Adams life and times.  One difference in the book was that it… Continue reading John Adams