Category Archives: history

The debate on the doctrine of grace, and Luther ( view of a Catholic, and the view of a Protestant ) 

( Read the two pieces below, and check them out with Bible to see who you agree with. A church can be wrong, or a spiritual leader can be wrong, but God,and his book the Bible are never wrong. )

Grace Alone’ 500 Years Later A Catholic perspective.
Grace Alone’: Luther Nails It A Protestant responds to Catholic critiques of ‘Grace Alone.’

The problem in American parenting is the 1960s, and they got it all wrong 

The problem in American parenting is the 1960s. Among other things that defined that very interesting decade was the replacement of rationality by emotionality. It was during the 1960s that the media, various self-appointed spiritual gurus, and the mental health professional community urged people to “get in touch with their feelings.” And it was during the 1960s that parents were told by mental health professionals that children had a right to express their feelings freely.
I was in graduate school at the time. My professors taught that (a) feelings—especially children’s feelings—held deep meaning, (b) therapy was all about helping people recover the feelings their parents had made them repress, and (c) getting in touch with one’s feelings was the key to happiness. To be polite about it, a crock if there ever was one.

Read the rest of this column. )

What really happened to the class of 65.. 

Listen to a commentary by Dr. Dobson, right here.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation for Our Times( The Descendants of Dred Scott Show the Way )

( Listen to the Breakpoint commentary here, or read it below. )
On the 160th anniversary of one of the worst Supreme Court decisions, something beautiful and miraculous happened.

Last week, March 6th, marked the 160th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision. Dred Scott v. Sanford, along with Plessy v. Ferguson (which enshrined the principle of “separate but equal”) and Roe v. Wade, form a kind of unholy trinity of Supreme Court rulings which legally declared entire classes of people non-persons.
Yet this infamous decision recently became the occasion for a remarkable act of grace.
First some historical background: For the decades preceding the 1857 decision, the country was torn over the issue of slavery. While actual abolitionists did form a small majority in the North (and ideas of racial equality were rare even among abolitionists), northern whites did not want to compete against slave labor in the territories west of the Mississippi river.
That brings me to Dred Scott the man. In 1830, his second master took him from Missouri, a slave state, to Illinois, where slavery was illegal. In 1836, both returned to Missouri. After several attempts to buy his and his family’s freedom, Scott sued his master’s estate, claiming that under what was known as the “Somerset Rule,” which could be summed up as “once free, always free,” his late master had, in effect, set him free by moving him to a free state.
And that brings me to Dred Scott the decision. Chief Justice Taney could have decided Scott’s case on narrow terms. But he had something far more ambitious in mind: He wanted to settle the slavery issue once and for all.
The least infamous part of his opinion ruled that Congress could not ban slavery in the territories, thus making the Civil War all but inevitable.
The most infamous part concerned the status of African Americans. He ruled that Blacks, enslaved or free, could not be citizens of the United States. He justified this by writing that, historically-speaking, Blacks had been “regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”
Like I said, infamous.
All of this makes what happened last week on the 160th anniversary of the decision so remarkable. Standing before the Maryland State House, Charlie Taney, a descendant of Roger Taney, apologized on his family’s behalf, to Scott’s descendants and African Americans in general for the “terrible injustice of the Dred Scott decision.”
Then Scott’s great-great granddaughter, Lynne Jackson, accepted the apology on behalf of “all African Americans who have the love of God in their heart so that healing can begin.”
I’m guessing I know where Ms. Jackson spends her Sunday mornings.
Some people will no doubt dismiss this as a kind of theater. After all, Charlie Taney isn’t responsible for what his ancestor wrote. But that misses the point.
What’s going on here is the acknowledgment of an historical wrong followed by an act of grace which holds out the possibility of a new beginning–in other words, what the New Testament calls “reconciliation.”
Reconciliation comes from a Greek word whose principle meaning is “exchange.” In fact, it was principally used in reference to money-changing, where the parties exchanged coins of equal worth.
In this case something far more valuable than money is being exchanged: the acknowledgement of past wrongs for a restoration of relationships and the possibility of, to use another biblical term, shalom: peace, wholeness, and contentment.
Despite Justice Taney’s best efforts, Dred Scott died a free man. His first master’s family bought him back from the estate with the express purpose of freeing him. Many thanks to Mr. Scott’s and Justice Taney’s descendants for showing us the path to reconciliation in these divisive times.

Valentine’s Day is rooted in church history and not an invention of greeting card companies.

Listen to, or read the commentary by going here.

Do you believe the President said this…

          “ALL AMERICANS, NOT ONLY IN THE STATES MOST AFFECTED, BUT IN EVERY PLACE IN THIS COUNTRY, ARE RIGHTLY DISTURBED BY THE LARGE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL ALIENS ENTERING OUR COUNTRY. THE JOBS THEY HOLD MIGHT OTHERWISE BE HELD BY CITIZENS OR LEGAL IMMIGRANTS. THE PUBLIC SERVICES THEY USE IMPOSE BURDENS ON OUR TAXPAYERS. THAT’S WHY OUR ADMINISTRATION HAS MOVED AGGRESSIVELY TO SECURE OUR BORDERS MORE BY HIRING A RECORD NUMBER OF NEW BORDER GUARDS, BY DEPORTING TWICE AS MANY ILLEGAL ALIENS AS EVER BEFORE, BY CRACKING DOWN ON ILLEGAL HIRING, BY BARRING WELFARE BENEFITS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS.” THE PRESIDENT PROMISED TO DO MORE “TO SPEED THE

DEPORTATION OF ILLEGAL ALIENS CONVICTED OF CRIMES AND TO DO A BETTER JOB OF IDENTIFYING ILLEGAL ALIENS IN THE WORKPLACE.”
         “WE ARE A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS,” THE PRESIDENT CONTINUED, “BUT WE ARE ALSO A NATION OF LAWS. IT IS WRONG AND ULTIMATELY SELF DEFEATING FOR A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS TO PERMIT THE KIND OF ABUSE OF OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS WE HAVE SEEN IN RECENT YEARS AND WE MUST DO MORE TO STOP IT.”
         Yes the President said those things. Are you on the left ready to hang him? Well yes the President said those things. Guess what it was not Donald Trump. It was President Bill Jefferson Clinton.          
( Source Cal Thomas commentary for Feb. 8th, 2017.

Why Mary Tyler Moore Refused to Join the Feminist Movement ( she thought being a mother was important ) 

The article is here.

America history test before one leaves high school is a good idea ( some kids thinks so too ) 

When it comes to American history or how government works, could you pass the test given to immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens?
After a trip to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments, three central Nebraska high school students wondered if their peers understood how our past shapes our future.

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Lutherans, Catholics extend gestures of unity for Reformation’s 500th anniversary ( however there are some questions the Catholic Church needs to answer ) 

Lutherans will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at an unlikely place in Omaha — a Catholic church.
On Oct. 29, Reformation Sunday, as many as 1,000 Lutherans are expected for the big event, which will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church on the campus of Creighton University.
The church is owned by the Catholic archdiocese, not by the Jesuit order that runs Creighton, and Archbishop George Lucas granted Lutheran leaders’ request to use it.
“It’s a profound and very warm extension of Christian hospitality,” said the Rev. H. Ashley Hall, a Lutheran pastor working on the event. “It’s a spirit-filled moment.”
In planning for the commemoration, Hall said, Lutherans in Nebraska and western Iowa realized they didn’t have a church large enough to accommodate the expected attendance.
That as many as a thousand Lutherans will rise and sing Martin Luther’s stirring “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” in a Catholic church on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation may seem surprising or even jarring to some — but to others, it may be a great example of ecumenism and reconciliation.
Hall said Lutheran planners are calling the event at St. John’s a commemoration rather than a celebration. It is important, he said, to present it “not in a triumphalistic way.”
( Read the rest of this story. I have many friends, and love ones who are still part of the Catholic Church. I have a lot respect for the teaching of that church on life. At the same time the folks in the above story need  to preach it is because of grace not  good works, membership in the Catholic Church , or any church which makes  one right with God. Grace is what God has done by the way of Jesus. If a church could make right with God, Jesus going to the cross was a waste of time. The only way we can respond to God’s grace is to repent of our sins, and put our faith in Jesus. There are some questions to ask Catholic leaders today. Do you believe faith alone in Christ saves one, or is it church tradition? Can one know for sure in this life that one is going to heaven in the next life. Is the Bible the word of God, so it can be trusted in all matters even over tradition? ) 

Nebraska bill would replace Columbus Day with Standing Bear and Indigenous Leaders’ Day

( Billy’s thoughts – Read the story. It is an outrage that somebody wants to replace Columbus Day with something else. Part of me wonders if this is because of  the faith Columbus followed, or just people being PC. Columbus sailed to what we call America today, because of his Christian faith. 

 Besides my home state has enough problems which our leaders should be handling instead of trying to change a special day.