Lyndon Baynes Johnson

This is the third blog post on an American president. Lyndon Baynes Johnson. LBJ. What a messy mystery he was. Most of us forget he was the formidable leader who accomplished so much for the civil rights movement. We remember LBJ for the mess he created in Vietnam. Here are some of his words (and […]

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The History of Our Best and Worst Presidents

Not only do I read biographies on individual presidents, I also read studies about the presidency. A brand new book is out (over 500 pages) titled THE PRESIDENTS: Noted Historians Rank American’s Best – and Worst – Chief Executives. Here are the Top Ten presidents of the United States. Abraham Lincoln George Washington Franklin D. […]

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President Abraham Lincoln

There are several presidents that I have studied at length. Abraham Lincoln is one of them. I won’t give my tribute to this “perhaps best USA president” we have had. I’ll save that for another time. But here is his second Inaugural Address, given on March 4, 1865. It is simply brilliant and beautiful presidential […]

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower

As part of this blogging, I thought I would provide a few posts that are the insights of past presidents. For the first one, this is the Inaugural Address of Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 20, 1953. Notice the personal piety and faith that President Eisenhower brought to his comments to our nation. 1 Timothy […]

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The American Presidents Series

Our July 4th Celebration of Independence is approaching. Anticipating that, I thought I would blog a bit on American history and American presidents over the next 2 weeks. You may remember me mentioning I am slowly working my way through the total collection of American presidents (as is Brian Newman). With President Trump, we are […]

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Baptism Celebration Recap

On June 9th we celebrated baptism with members of our church family. This afternoon was a beautiful time of sharing stories of the work of God in the lives of his people.   We believe that baptism is an outward sign of a Christ-follower’s inward commitment, and a step into a life of commitment to […]

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Making the Stretch

“Not in his goals but in his transitions man is great” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Okay, I generally do not like either-or language. I am a lumper. I am a joiner. I am a both-and thinker. So here, Emerson has created a needless either-or, when he could have just made a great both-and. “Not only in […]

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This Just Makes No Sense (At All)…

Which means, this is Jesus-style Christianity and not a watered down, weak, cultural form. I recently came across this prayer that was etched on a wall of one of the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. It was found with the liberation of these death camps. We have no idea who wrote it. O Lord, when […]

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Thoughts on Change

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend. I’ve been on some vacation time over the last 2 weeks—mostly recharging, doing some hikes in Colorado (when I was out there doing a leadership retreat for an organization in Colorado Springs), riding bike, reading (always), working out, and eating (of course). Some of my reading […]

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The Day After Memorial Day Musings

A day after Memorial Day (when we were all pretty busy with family events) let’s remember all those who have fought and made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of ideals worth defending, lives worth protecting, and loves worth safeguarding. Here are a few thoughts on the evil that must be resisted in the world. Just […]

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