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‘If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.’  ~ Romans 12:18

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Oh, God of battles! once again,
  With banner, trump, and drum,
And garments in thy wine-press dyed,
  To give Thee thanks we come.

No goats or bullocks garlanded,
  Unto thine altars go;
With brothers’ blood, by brothers shed,
  Our glad libations flow,

From pest-house and from dungeon foul,
  Where, maimed and torn, they die,
From gory trench and charnel-house,
  Where, heap on heap, they lie.

In every groan that yields a soul,
  Each shriek a heart that rends,
With every breath of tainted air,
  Our homage, Lord, ascends.

We thank Thee for the sabre’s gash,
  The cannon’s havoc wild;
We bless Thee for the widow’s tears,
  The want that starves her child!

We give Thee praise that Thou hast lit
  The torch, and fanned the flame;
That lust and rapine hunt their prey,
  Kind Father, in Thy name!

That, for the songs of idle joy
  False angels sang of yore,
Thou sendest War on earth–ill-will
  To men for evermore!

We know that wisdom, truth, and right
  To us and ours are given;
That Thou hast clothed us with the wrath,
  To do the work of heaven.

We know that plains and cities waste
  Are pleasant in Thine eyes–
Thou lov’st a hearthstone desolate,
  Thou lov’st a mourner’s cries.

Let not our weakness fall below
  The measure of Thy will,
And while the press hath wine to bleed,
  Oh, tread it with us still!

Teach us to hate–as Jesus taught
  Fond fools, of yore, to love;
Give us Thy vengeance as our own–
  Thy pity, hide above!

Teach us to turn, with reeking hands,
  The pages of Thy word,
And learn the blessed curses there,
  On them that sheathe the sword.

Where’er we tread may deserts spring,
  ‘Till none are left to slay;
And when the last red drop is shed,
  We’ll kneel again–and pray!

~ The War-Christian’s Thanksgiving

WAR POETRY OF THE SOUTH

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Written by ninepoundhammer

November 30, 2007 at 8:02 pm

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 ‘But not a dog shall growl against any of the people of Israel, either man or beast, that you may know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’  ~ Exodus 11:7

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Mike Sherman had barely settled into his new maroon blazer before Texas A&M drew criticism for hiring him. You see, the Black Coaches & Administrators bunch has their back up over the fact that Sherman was the only candidate interviewed for the job.

 

I have to say that I am a bit confused. The BC&A’s (the ‘B’ stands for BLACK, you know) Director, Floyd Keith (who is black) made it known that he was ‘disappointed in that process’ and that A&M did not ‘go about it in the right way.’  Apparently, pursuing and hiring your ideal candidate is an insufficient manner for running an athletic program.  Rather, you must first pay homage to the special interest groups.

 

I must admit that I am a bit incredulous to the BC&A’s response (but I am a far cry from surprised by it). On the one hand, we have an organisation that is specifically established to further the interests of a group in society specifically based on their race (black in this case) telling others how to ‘be fair’ (by their definition of the word). Silly me, I was under the impression that we are supposed to judge men according to the content of their character, not the colour of their skin. At least, that is what is pounded into us relentlessly. And, if we are supposed to actually consider a coaching candidate based primarily on the colour of his skin as the BC&A admonishes us to do, is the inference then not inescapable that said skin colour must be a factor in that candidate’s coaching ability?

 

You’ll have to forgive me if I am a bit confused.

 

I would have thought that the BC&A (again, the ‘B’ stands for BLACK) would be more concerned about the much greater–and patently obvious–lack of diversity on the team rosters. For example, as I watched the Texas A&M men’s basketball team win the Pre-season NIT Tournament in New York this past weekend (Whoop!), I could not help but notice that, for the lion’s share of the game, ALL FIVE players on the A&M squad alone were … black (and the same can be said of the Aggie women’s team, as well). Yet, no outcry from any of the usual suspects who demand that every other team, administration, workforce, etc. should ‘look like America.’  At least in that case, ‘diversity’ doesn’t really matter.

 

The reason, as I see it, is because the sports world is the last true meritocracy in our society. The athletes are not the only things getting bigger–the money involved at all levels is absolutely enormous. As they say, ‘money talks’; therefore, if a coach, manager, athlete, or general manager is talented and gives evidence that they will help the team/ franchise achieve $ucce$$, they are hired, simple as that.  If that person does not produce (read ‘win’) they are fired. They cannot afford the luxury of participating in the Grand Social Experiment. Instead, they (gasp) seek the coach or athlete that they feel will give them the best chance of winning.

 

Bill Byrne didn’t choose Mike Sherman because he is white (though it would not be a sin if he had). He chose him because he feels he is the best candidate for the job and gives the Aggies the best chance for a winning football programme.  And that deserves a ‘Whoop!’

 

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In light of the post I wrote yesterday, here is a nice article on Providence.

 

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California used to rival the South for its agrarian output and fertile lands.  However, times have been hard over the past few years.  In fact, the velcro crop still has not recovered completely. 

 

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We depend on plans, programs, vision statements—but somewhere along the way we have succumbed to the temptation to displace the foolishness of the cross with the wisdom of strategic planning.’  ~ D. A. Carson

 

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Make sure it is your team that scores before you get too excited!

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November 27, 2007 at 9:59 pm

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But What About the Epicureans?

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‘[A]nd it shall be to him and to his descendants after him the covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.’  ~ Numbers 25:13

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The discussion regarding Providence led by Pastor Anderson this past Sabbath was, per usual, tremendously fruitful and edifying.  As we have plodded our way through the Westminster Confession of Faith–and I mean that in a positive sense–I have been confronted yet again by many difficult issues which I have wrestled with a great deal since God drew me into the Reformed Christian faith.

Providence, as one may imagine, is one such doctrinal tarbaby that I cannot get free from–precisely because I embrace it so tightly.  I believe it, yet I cannot truly fathom it.

As I mentioned in Sunday School class, I feel there are (at least) two ‘danger areas’ into which I find myself drifting when not at my highest state of alert as it regards my response to God’s Providence:

DISTRESS/ AGONY

When I take too light of a view of Providence, I often find myself attempting to ‘help God along’ with a helping hand in what amounts to an effort to see that my will be done.  The result, is not a holy zealotry or passion, but rather a frenetic, almost frantic, flailing about with worry and anxiety almost always attendant.

CHRISTIAN STOICISM

Another prevalent misapplication of Providence to which I often fall victim is the tendency to ‘resign’ (as opposed to ‘resting’) myself in God’s perfect will.  With a sort of Que Sera Sera theology, I can find myself sitting on my hands, a spectator rather than an actor in God’s Play.

To my mind, neither view is completely right–nor completely wrong.  Passion and zealotry employed in our efforts to glorify God are not wrong, in fact they are a positive when kept in the proper perspective.  How else can we explain Paul’s call for us to ‘run the race’ so as to win the prize?  Or his admonition to work out our salvation ‘with fear and trembling?’   

Being zealous and passionate for God is a good thing!  However, we must temper our zealotry and passion for God’s glory with a humility that accepts God’s will when our desires diverge from His.

Likewise we must not be stoics–which in our fallen state almost unwaveringly leads to a fatalism or uber-pessimism.  The Bible gives us every reason to be hopeful and joyous!  Therefore, we should have a confidence that, even if our worst fears are realised, it is the best for us and we say, ‘God’s will be done!’

I’ll let you know if I ever strike the proper balance.  (But don’t hold your breath!)

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‘Duty is ours; the consequences are God’s.’ ~ Stonewall Jackson in Gods and Generals

 

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I mentioned in a previous post that the 10th was my sister’s birthday.  My mama, hit by a bout of nostalgia related her memories of her delivery as I spoke with her the other day.  Upon entering the hospital in a fit of pain the likes of which I’ll never know (Lord willing!), my mama was certain the birth of my sister was imminent.  The doctor, however, was not inclined to agree.  He assured my mama that the baby–her first–was a good 12 hours away at least.  He believed he had enough time to attend church (it was the Sabbath Day) and return in plenty of time before the baby’s arrival.

According to my mama, the doctor had not even had time to warm his pew before he was tapped on the shoulder by another informing him that he had better beat feet back to the hospital–and quick.

All turned out well, praise be to God, and mama and baby (my older sister) were fine as the doc made it back in just enough time to, as my mama puts it, ‘Catch her on the way out.’

The doctor’s name?: Ron Paul.  (I thought you might find that interesting.)

Not only is he the wisest, most qualified candidate for President, but Dr Paul is truly a Pro-Lifer, having delivered over 4,000 babies in his career as an obstetrician–including my sister and a couple of cousins of mine.  (He would have delivered me if my daddy had not been transferred to Corpus Christi shortly before I made my appearance.)

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Was it worth it? 

 

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According to Robert Novak, Mike Huckabee is a ‘false conservative’ who makes ‘real conservatives shudder.’  Sadly, saying you are Pro-Life appears to be enough to shore up support among the evangelical GOP faithful.  However, upon deeper inspection of his record, it becomes clear that Huckabee is no conservative, almost any  sense of the term.  

 

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A British woman murdered her baby because, as she insists, ‘Having children is selfish. It’s all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet.’  Radical environmentalism is a false religion rife with fanaticism seldom seen in to-day’s largely apathetic societies.  And it is very dangerous.  We are certainly called by God to be good stewards of the Creation He has given us, yet that is a far cry from the Earth worship so prevalent to-day.
Besides, as any parent will tell you, raising children provides no opportunity for selfishness.  In fact, child-rearing is among the best remedies to selfishness to be found anywhere.  

 

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Would you have imagined in your wildest dreams to see something like this from a Westminster Presbyterian Church?

 

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This 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: Don Henley

 

 

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November 26, 2007 at 10:53 pm

To Tree or Not to Tree–That is the Question

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‘I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.’  ~ Psalm 69:30  

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To-day marks the 44th anniversary of the death of a great man.  (Oh, and that one, too.)

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It’s strange how much faith people put in the government, never suspecting the dangers it can, by definition, pose to our liberties.  Christians, who should know better due to our supposed understanding of sin and our fallen condition, seem to be at the vangard of those defending the extra- and un-Constitutional actions of those in D.C.  We, among all, should demand a fidelity to the Constitution, knowing the propensity for sinful men to seek their own aggrandisement and benefit at the expense of others.

Fixed News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is a true patriot.  His efforts at alerting and educating us regarding the erosion of–and outright assault on–our civil liberties are bone chilling, yet long overdue.

‘So many of my Fox colleagues, whom I love working with, have such trust and faith in the heart and head of President Bush.  But look at the calendar: He’ll be Mr.Bush in 14 months, and unless it’s Ron Paul, [who] knows what his successor will do with the powers Congress had purported to give him.  And I say “purported” because they don’t have the right to actually do all the extraconstitutional things they’ve done.’

It’s bad enough if it is your guy wielding illegitimate and overbearing power and influence; but what happens when, as Judge Napolitano points out, it is Hillary Clinton who can name someone–anyone–an ‘enemy combatant’ and secret them away at Guantanamo without due process as is supposedly guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution?  Are we truly ‘free’ when that can happen?

 

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‘Everything except God has some natural superior; everything except unformed matter has some natural inferior.’  ~ C. S. Lewis

 

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So, when should you put up your Christ-mas tree and decorations?  Most folks these days do so the day after Thanksgiving.  But, if you’re Kevin Ayers, you top that by 48 hours.

 

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It seemed strange to me when I discovered that there are many Christians–Christians–who stand against celebrating Christ-mas as part of a worship service proper.  In fact, I know of those who are militantly opposed to Christ-mas programmes in church and will walk out in protest at the first note of ‘Joy to the World.’

To be sure, I have my preferences on how to observe and celebrate Christ-mas.  I am RABIDLY anti-consumerist (though one or two gifts are fine), I don’t hang lights, and I have strict parameters upon the size of the tree (having one at all is the result of a compromise with the Lady of the House) and the (scant) decorations: No ‘baby Jesus’ and under no circumstances will there be any permutation of ‘Santa Claus’ (though the historical St. Nicholas is always welcome in our abode).

That being said, while I would consider myself a proponent of and adherent to the Regulative Principle of Worship, I am not so staid and rigid that I would oppose, for example, a Christ-mas Cantata (such as our church performs annually–and which I look very much forward to each year).  Much like any rule, I feel there is the letter and the spirit of the law.  I feel the the principles for worship revealed in Scripture are important, not to be neglected, and valuable as guides for us in our worship of God.  However, I am not so certain that the principles are exhaustive; still, to me, prudence should be exercised when deviating from (or exceeding) them–which should be minimal and in keeping with the spirit therein.

I would still identify myself as a proponent and defender of the Regulative Principle of Worship–maybe just not as rigid as some folks.

See y’all at the Cantata!

 

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YIKES!!

Written by ninepoundhammer

November 22, 2007 at 9:37 am

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Where Did You Read THAT?

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‘Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.’  ~ John 17:17

 

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There are manifold benefits to be derived from living in the country several miles from ‘modern civilisation,’ not the least of which is the time the 40-minute drive provides for informative and edifying conversation.  The wife and I have had numerous such discussions over the years; in fact, not long ago we discussed why it is that so many earnest, Bible-believing Christians who sincerely seek a faithful understanding of God’s revelation and how to properly apply it to their daily lives can read the same Scripture passages and come to such disparate (and sometimes diametrically opposed) conclusions.
Of course, the foremost prevalent example is the age-old disagreement (or is it a holy war?) between the Calvinist and Arminian soteriology.   Still, the numbers of disagreements and the amount of denominations created by the resultant schisms rival those of the stars.  Why is that?

The Westminster Confession of Faith recognises that Scripture, while authoritative and sufficient for and the only rule of all matters of faith and practise in the life of the Christian, it is not equally plain to all.  The Divines were also quick to point out, however, that God, in His mercy, did reveal plainly His plan and method of salvation so that, by a use of the ordinary means, all men may easily understand how one is saved.

All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all: yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them. (WCF, 1.7)

So, then, if the Word is not equally plain to all, what are we to do in our efforts to obtain an accurate understanding of Scripture?  After all, everyone thinks they have it right.  To be sure, I find myself constantly at battle with the desire, whether it is from a sense of futility or frustration, to abrogate my responsibility to search the Scriptures with Berean-like fervor.   I must remind myself repeatedly to test what others hold or advocate against what God has revealed and prayerfully petition Him for the proper understanding.  Nor can I throw my doctrinal hands in the air in resignation (which is a strong temptation at times).  I must immerse myself in His Word, studying and meditating earnestly while in conjunction seeking enlightenment and understanding from His Spirit, without whom we are all blind to God’s revelation in any case.  (This also requires a degree of humility that demands that I admit my capacities and faculties are finite as a fallen being—I will not and cannot understand everything in the ways of God, despite how fervently I desire to.)  Then, and perhaps most difficult, I must apply those truths to my life with drive and sincerity despite the fact those values are the very things upon which the World heaps scorn.

Above all, I must prevent the culture in which I live to  colour, intimidate, or influence my understanding and application of Biblical Truth.  That being said, we are all products of the Post-Modern Era and, even when we seek to shed its influences, there are many affected areas of our lives about which we are blind for the simple and inescapable reason that it is all that we have ever known and appears to us to be the norm.  Much like trying to explain to a fish that he is wet, the fallen world into which we were born often seems normal and ‘just the way things are.’  Often, it fails to occur to us that we are errant, even when we are seeking to root error out of our lives.

Thankfully, God has not left us to ourselves but has also blessed us with wise and godly men who He has given to exercise authority over us and shepherd us along the ‘ancient paths.’  Though no man is infallible, it behooves me to pay deference to the words of our pastors and Elders (including those with a lower case ‘e’) who are both schooled and/ or matured in the faith to provide guidance—and exercise my responsibilities to ensure that their guidance is rooted in a reliance upon and faithful administration of the Word and Sacraments. 

I am not certain whether Ashlee and I satisfactorily settled the question as to why there is such a prevalence of different views of Scripture.  Of course, the easy way out is to ascribe the fault to Sin; such an explanation, while being accurate, provides little utility in a practical sense.  But we know the task set before us is a bold one, to study God’s Word, seeking first His will, and to properly apply the truths of Scripture to our lives—as best as we can divine them with God’s help, who moves when and how He wills.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Being a Christian is hard.  Thank God for His mercy to us.  I shiver to think of how things would be without it.

 

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Ron Paul wins big in nationwide blind poll: ‘32.8 per cent chose the description matching Ron Paul, while just 18.6 percent chose the description matching Rudy Giuliani. Just 12.6 per cent went for Fred Thompson’s description while 15.1 per cent went for Mitt Romney.’

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Finally!  A project I can get behind.

 

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 ‘There is no way such a lecture series could appear on a campus of this sort today. For in these lectures, Nock goes to the heart of the matter of what is wrong with the structure of education in the United States: the policy, imposed by government, of universal admissions on the theory that everyone is equally educable.’ 

 

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A Marine gives a very different account the Iraq war from those we are used to hearing.

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‘I would guess if we had gone in there, I would still have forces in Baghdad to-day.  We’d be running the country.  We would not have been able to get everybody out and bring everybody home…

‘And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth?  And the answer is not that [expletive deleted] many.  So, I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait, but also when the president made the decision that we’d achieved our objectives and we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq.’  ~ Dick Cheney, 1992

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Ron Paul wins yet ANOTHER straw poll (this time in Fresno, California).  Also, Barry Goldwater, Jr. endorses him.

 

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‘I see a woman in the night
With a baby in her hand
Under an old street light
Near a garbage can.

Now she puts the kid away and she’s gonna get a hit.
She hates her life and what she’s done to it.
That’s one more kid who will never go to school,
Never get to fall in love, never get to be cool.’  ~ Neil Young, Keep On Rockin’ In the Free World

 

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If current gasoline prices don’t scare you away, you should head over to San Marcos and see the King of the Hill exhibit at the Southwest Writers Association museum at Texas State University.

 

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I am still a bit leery as to the veracity of this story but a financial investment group is, apparently, building the first year-round ski resort…in Dallas.  Yes, Dallas. 

 

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Have we become a nation of sheep

 

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‘But Ron Paul, the morally outraged antiwar constitutionalist, and an obstetrician who had delivered babies in rural Texas, often free of charge, does not strike anyone as a big-business Republican. He is an anti-establishmentarian, a fact that became apparent when my wife’s friend Denise, who would never in a million years consider herself any kind of “conservative,” commented on how much more principled Ron Paul seems in comparison to Hillary and Rudy. That is undoubtedly an integral part of the candidate’s appeal, and it might be why he is becoming a factor in the presidential election.’ 

 

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To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: The Motels

 

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November 20, 2007 at 11:01 pm

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No Rest for the AWESOME!

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‘[A]nd to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.’ ~ I Thessalonians 4:11, 12  

 

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I recently bought a biography of Douglas Southall Freeman.  He was himself a biographer as well; his four-volume masterpiece on Robert E. Lee is the gold standard by which all others are judged and his six-volume tour de force on George Washington (the seventh volume was written by another posthumously) is without equal.

 

Freeman loved the South and her people and his work reflected that affinity for Dixie magnificently.  He was also a man of towering intellect and tremendous industry.  In fact, he spent very little time sleeping and was constantly in motion, either writing, gardening, or lecturing.  Some time ago, I came across an essay which provided a glimpse into the fascinating life of Mr Freeman and have posted it below.  (NB: I do not know who wrote the piece, hence the lack of attribution.  However, let it me noted that I am not claiming it as my own; I am merely reproducing it here for the education and edification of the reader.)

 

Don’t Ever Say ‘Busy’ Again

Perhaps, like me, you are vaguely familiar with the name of Douglas Southall Freeman. Perhaps you recall him as the author of a multi-volume history of the War Between the States called “Lee’s Lieutenants” or as the editor of the Richmond (VA) News Leader. If, because you have no particular interest in either the Civil War–as Yankees call it–or the news business, you think a biography of Freeman would be dull reading, then pards, you are riding off on the wrong trail and will miss a beautiful vista. What is beautiful and fascinating about Freeman is not his subject matter, but the man himself. He was, to put it mildly, a most astounding person.Check out this schedule: Rise at 2:30 am, dress, pray in your alcove chapel, fix your own breakfast, and arrive at work at 3:30 am. Conduct the affairs as editor of the daily newspaper, do a twice-daily ad-lib radio broadcast, write editorials and columns, and then return home at 12:30 pm for lunch and work in the garden. A 30-minute nap from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm, then three hours of solid work on meticulous historical research. Dinner and family time from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, then off to bed and start it all over again at 2:30 am the next day.The amount of work this man accomplished is astounding. In addition to all of the newspaper editing and history research and writing, he played an active role in his church, in his community and indeed in his nation. He became a friend of such men as Dwight Eisenhower and George C. Marshall. He gardened, he sailed, he attended baseball games, taught classes at his church, gave speeches and wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies of Robert E. Lee (four volumes) and George Washington (six volumes). And he had a long and successful marriage.

David E. Johnson, a Virginia attorney, has written a wonderful biography about him (“Douglas Southall Freeman,” published by Pelican Press). Biography can be slow reading, but I picked up this book in the early evening, and it was 2:30 am before I reluctantly laid it aside. That’s no exaggeration. Johnson not only brings to life his subject, but also the times and the place.

Freeman’s sense of timing was extraordinary. He would arrive at the radio studio precisely one minute before airtime and then, without notes, launch into a precisely timed commentary. On one occasion, when delivering a memorial speech to an outdoor crowd in particularly cold weather, Freeman announced he would keep them no longer than 14 minutes and 32 seconds. He then delivered an impromptu and moving speech that ended precisely 14 minutes and 32 seconds later.

One of his techniques was to write memos to himself. At age 14, in preparation for a date, he wrote: “1. I shall fix my cuffs; 2. I shall choose a necktie; 3. I shall fix my shirt; 4. I shall wash all over; 5. I shall take care to wash my hands that I may get the marks off; 6. I shall choose a hat; 7. I shall black my shoes; 8. Get out my shirt; 9. Put tickets and wherewithal in my pocket; 10. I go to bed.” Part of the charm of this biography is Freeman’s early years, when he vacillated among wanting to be an actor, a preacher or a (sic) historian. But very early in life he formed the habit of undertaking two or three jobs at the same time, and he manged to do them all well.

Freeman was born in 1886, and his father was a veteran of the Confederacy. As he was coming of age in Virginia there were still many living veterans and even famous generals. The author rightly begins Freeman’s story with that of his father fighting in the war. His father and Robert E. Lee were the great influences in his life, and from both men he was inspired to live a Christian life and to work hard at everything he undertook.

There aren’t many idealists in the world who faithfully put their ideals into practice, but Freeman tried mightily, and mostly succeeded. His life, as revealed by Johnson, is an inspiration–not to journalists or writers in particular, but to everyone.

He was living proof that people can do more than they often think they can. On his tombstone is written: ‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.’

 

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The blockade is meant to “starve the whole [German] population–men, women, and children, old and young, wounded and sound–into submission.” ~ First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill during World War I

 

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‘Help them to learn

Songs of joy

Instead of “Burn, baby, burn.”

Let us show them how play the pipes of peace.’ ~ Paul McCartney, Pipes of Peace

 

 

 

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The desertion rate in the U.S. Army is at its highest rate since 1980. As the Bible tells us, there is nothing new under the sun.  I wrote about a similar trend during the early years of the All-Volunteer Force in my thesis, Flagging Vigilance: The Post-Vietnam “Hollow Army.”  (flagging-vigilance.pdf)

 

 

 

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‘Moments later, the kids flock around him, seeking autographs. Later that afternoon, Paul earns another enthusiastic reception from a capacity crowd at the University of New Hampshire.

So what explains [Ron] Paul’s appeal?

 

 

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To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: Paul McCartney

 

 

 

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November 17, 2007 at 10:09 pm

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How Many rEVOLutions Does It Take to Screw In a Lightbulb?

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‘For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.’  ~ Psalm 139:13  

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This article discusses a ‘loophole’ that would ‘allow’ the unborn to be defined as ‘persons.’ (My apologies for all of the quotation marks in the previous ‘sentence’.) The extra-legal maneuvering is really unnecessary; the Constitution of the United States currently mentions the unborn in the Preamble:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

I have often wondered why Pro-Life legal foundations don’t use that phrase as the beachhead for a final assault on Roe v. Wade. To whom were the Framers referring?—to the generations of their descendants yet to be born. It seems self-evident to me. (But then again, so does Genesis 1.)

Still, it seems perverse in the extreme to me that the judiciary of a civilised society would require proof that an unborn baby is … well, a baby.

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Member of Congress and Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul is the premier advocate for political and religious liberty in politics today. He is the most pro-life, pro-family, pro-property, pro-Constitution politician in history. If it is possible to be more Jeffersonian than Jefferson, then Ron Paul is the man.’

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‘Cousin America has run off with a Presbyterian parson.’ ~ Prime Minister Horace Walpole

 

It seems strange to me now, having arrived at a point in which I stand diametrically opposed to a position which I held in excess of 30 years, yet here I stand. The more I mature in the Christian faith–and, all praise be to God, I have matured (though maybe not at the pace I would desire)–the more I find myself jettisoning deeply held beliefs. Such is the case with the Spirit of ’76. Owing to the biblical mandate to obey the government save for calls to violate God’s Law, I can no longer justify the (first) American Revolution.

 

To be sure, taxes were exceedingly confiscatory, regulation oppressive, and the American Colonies were certainly exploited by the Crown and Parliament. However undesirable and outright infuriating that may have been, it falls quite short of violating God’s Law. As strange as it may seem, and if the choice were mine to make now, I would see no other course than to cast my lot with the Crown. At least Brian Franklin and I could have thrown a killer Tory Party!

 

With that in mind, the study of the Colonial/ Revolutionary period is made all the more interesting for the Reformed among us when we discover that contemporaries labelled it ‘The Presbyterian War’ and insisted that, were it not for Calvinists, the current U.S. would by many accounts be a member of the British Commonwealth to this day.

 

By the way, if you are interested, I ferreted out and downloaded a free .pdf of a rare book entitled, ‘Presbyterians and the Revolution.’ Let me know if you would like me to e-mail you a ‘copy.’ (It is not under copyright restrictions.)

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This may sound weird, but the last few times I have checked the number of hits on my blog, the numbers have always matched a year in which the United States and/ or Texas were at war: 1776, 1836, 1916, 1942, and 1950. Hmmm.

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At this writing, sixteen politicians are competing nationally to replace President Bush; there are eight Democrats and eight Republicans. With the exception of Ron Paul (R-TX), in terms of fidelity to the Constitution, it does not matter which one of them wins. Except for Congressman Paul, they all love power for its own sake, believe that Big Government should redistribute wealth, regard the Constitution as a quaint obstacle, and would enforce or disregard laws as they saw fit; all this, without regard to our history, our values, or our natural rights.’  ~ Fox Commentator and former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Andrew Napolitano, ‘A Nation of Sheep’ 

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I should state from the outset that I have absolutely no problem with a group of this sort. I think it is healthy, well within the confines of sound biblical teaching, and should be mirrored by other peoples. However, I can’t help but wonder why, in to-day’s uber-PC society, it is not subject to the inflammatory charge of being ‘racist‘?

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Wow! You know you’re making headway as a conservative when ‘Rolling Stone’ and MTV treat you with a degree of legitimacy!

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As an Aggie, the saying, ‘If you do something twice, it’s a tradition’ means more to me than you can imagine. Maybe it’s because I am such a creature of habit and I loathe change but I love tradition–I love it! One of the strange–yet funny–traditions in my family is for me to call my mama and oldest sister on their birthdays and sing the Marilyn Monroe ‘Happy Birthday, Mr President’ song for them. (I don’t remember how it got started but I have been doing it for over 15 years now.) This past Saturday marked Teri’s completion of her third decade–can you hear 40 knockin’?–so I dusted off the Marilyn impression and sang to her over my cell phone as I drove down Wellborn Road. (I hope no one was watching.)

I just thought y’all might find that amusing.

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Written by ninepoundhammer

November 14, 2007 at 11:05 pm