Category Archives: American History

Flying Low Over A Moose Dance Party

Today continued the streak of messages that dealt with the reign of God over the universe in an excellent and thought provoking sermonette that discussed a point that had come up in a conversation with a longtime friend that commented … Continue reading

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Short Library Reviews: Part Five

Women Of The Blue & Gray: True Civil War Stories Of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, And Spies, by Marianne Monson It is perhaps a bit unfair to point to the fact that the author is not a historian but really a … Continue reading

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Par Avion

I was not alive to witness the shame of the evacuation of Americans and Vietnamese from Saigon in April 1975 when South Vietnam fell to an invasion from North Vietnam and was unable (and perhaps its corrupted elites were unwilling) … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough If anything is known about the Wright Brothers it is the fact that they were the first people to engage in powered flight, in Kitty Hawk, in the Hatteras region of North Carolina. And, … Continue reading

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The Politics Of Philemon And The Christian

[Note: This is the prepared text for a split sermon given to the Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on July 3, 2021.] Let’s talk about the politics of Philemon and how they relate to the Christian. One … Continue reading

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Book Review: New World, Inc

New World Inc.: The Making Of America By England’s Merchant Adventurers, by John Butman & Simon Targett While this book focuses on the New World and America in its title, it should be noted that this book is really more … Continue reading

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Book Review: Frontiersman

Frontiersman: Daniel Boone And The Making Of America, by Meredith Mason Brown This is the kind of book that I really enjoy reading, and enjoy all the more because Daniel Boone happens to be a surprisingly close relative of mine … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Myth Of American Exceptionalism

The Myth Of American Exceptionalism, by Godfrey Hodgson This is the sort of book that seems to be written in search of the most obvious criticism it is likely to receive. In fairness to the author, who does think himself … Continue reading

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Book Review: Habits Of Empire

Habits Of Empire: A History Of American Expansion, by Walter Nugent This book is an interesting one. The author seems to view empires as a bad thing, which I do not necessarily think is the case. The author notes that … Continue reading

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How Privilege Warps The Fundamentals Of Justice

One of the most problematic aspects of the history of antebellum Southern Christianity was the way that the message of Christianity was warped to such a great extent by the unjust behavior of slaveowners. This injustice may be profitably compared … Continue reading

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