I love history, especially military history, and of that, especially Civil War history.
Whenever I read the stories of battles, I’m surprised at how much time is spent before the battle choosing the ground where the battle will be fought. Commanders try to maneuver their forces to make the enemy respond by moving their forces. Each move and counter move is made to take maximum advantage of the natural terrain that will give their forces maximum advantage in the coming battle.
In fact, do you know many Civil War historians think that if Richard Ewell, the Confederate commander who first reached Gettysburg,...more
For generations marriage was considered a social necessity. After all, marriage was seen as a way to domesticate men, who without wives to keep them at home would roam the streets at night getting into all kinds of trouble. I guess some still see marriage this way. I hope our understanding of marriage has developed over the years, but there’s a reality of marriage that hasn’t changed. Marriage is...more
In these times, it’s all about access. Do you have the password to gain access to the system? Do you have access to that important person or into that important organization? Our status is determined by who we access to and who has access to us. One of the great questions of human existence is “Does God Exist?” The follow up question is “If He does exist, how do...more
Love is one of those overused words in our culture that has become so mangled by misuse we aren’t sure what it means anymore. What does it mean when you say you love someone? We love pizza, we love the beach, we love our moms – are all of these the same? Obviously not. One of the things that makes the English language so difficult is so much of a word’s...more
If you were to call me at home, you might get to talk to Jeannie. I don’t answer the phone when I’m home. It’s one of the things we’ve learned over years and years of ministry. She knows when to put the emergency call through and she knows when to take a message for me to return the call later. Jeannie, as my wife, has become a protector of...more