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Churchill, by Paul Johnson, A Book Review by Don Sweeting

  Churchill, by Paul Johnson, A Book Review by Don Sweeting for Books, Culture, Media, Life in the 21st Century (3rd edition), a journal of Colorado Christian University. Of the making of Churchill biographies, there is no end! But the best concise one-volume biography, in my opinion, is Paul Johnson’s Churchill (Penguin, 2009). Why is Churchill’s life (1874-1965) the best documented life in the 20th century? Think about this for a moment. He started serving when Queen Victoria … Read More...

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The Year Ahead: 2015, Scoping Out The Calendar

What does the year 2015 hold? Part of pastoring involves anticipating what people will be thinking about as we lead our flocks and minister the Word of God to them. Of course, predicting the future is a hazardous business. There are many events in 2015 that we simply have no way of anticipating. Who can predict weather events, earthquakes, … Read More...


The Door of Humility

It’s a small door, only about four feet tall and two feet wide.  You have to bow down to go through it. The threshold is surrounded by three large stones.  For security reasons, there is usually an armed soldier standing next to it.   They call it “The Door of Humility.”  It is the door into the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem—one of the oldest … Read More...

Arrival of the Pilgrim Fathers

Singing with the Pilgrims: The “Old Hundredth”

Singing with the Pilgrims: The “Old Hundredth” Do you ever wonder what songs the American Pilgrims sang? I know one of them. It is probably the only one still printed in some of our hymnbooks. It’s called the “Old Hundredth” and it may have been sung at the first Thanksgiving! Let’s back up. One of the great psalms of thanksgiving in the Bible … Read More...

John Knox

John Knox 500: Reformer, Pastor, Critic of Political / Religious Tyranny

John Knox 500: Reformer, Pastor, Critic of Political/Religious Tyranny 2014 is the 500th anniversary of the birth of Scottish Reformer and Pastor John Knox. Knox was the leader of the Scottish reformation and the founder of the Scottish Presbyterian church. John Knox had a passion for God’s Word and a passion for Scotland. He was known for his … Read More...

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