Category: history

Video From The Pastor’s Office #20 – “History Snubs MLK”

My History Channel desktop calendar did not mention anything about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I may be making a ginger deal of it than it needs, but I talk about it here.


In Fourteen-Hundred and Ninety-Two: A New Pneumonic Device


My beautiful wife put a History Channel 2013 desk calendar in my stocking at Christmas. As a history nerd, it was right up my alley.

Today, it gave me some inspiration. (see photo above)

We all know in what year Christopher set sail for foreign lands to pillage indigenous peoples, but my History calendar gave me a new fact.

Evidently, the same year in which the crown sent Columbus to a new world, they began to dismiss Jews from the country (Spain) – en masse. Even in my pastoral, post-Easter stupor, I have found a bit of inspiration.

Maybe schoolchildren can begin to learn my new learning rhyme:

In Fourteen-Hundred and Ninety-Two

Spain began to expel their Jews

However, given the vehement anti-semitism evident in a chain of events such as this, I think this one captures the essence of the event:

In Fourteen-Hundred and Ninety-Two

The Spanish expelled their filthy Jews

Alright, you can go back to your naps, now.

Election of Francis I Means Rome Wants Reform – But What Kind?

  Early indications are that Pope Francis I is someone who appeals to a wide audience.  That’s not to say he’s a moderate, just that he can appeal to that broad middle ground. The National Catholic Reporter put together biographies of the candidates for Pope – in the days running up to the conclave.  The

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That’s ‘god,’ Not God


First problem, any organization whose profile picture combines the “Don't Tread On Me” snake and the NRA acronym sitting atop the Arizona state flag, should be approached with extreme caution.

Apparently, this is a Facebook group. It exists, and has 4,200+ followers. YIKES!

Another problem is the group's name – “God, Guns & Free Speech.” If you are going to perform any act of alliteration with the name of God, you should ensure that the next word isn't “guns” – or any of the words after that, for that matter.

The third problem I spot is their line about “unconstitutional laws.” This is – technically – a true statement. However, just because you disagree with a law, doesn't make it unconstitutional. It's kinda like how you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

This seems an important distinction to make when you speak to radical gun nuts.

Finally, it's important to note the highlighted quotes. The one which shows most prominently is the one noted in this screenshot – from Thomas Jefferson. There has been enough shoddy scholarship surrounding Thomas Jefferson – thanks to David Barton and the Cult of the Constitution(tm) – that I won't delve into it, lest I become a culprit. What is true to say, without a doubt, is who groups like these choose to quote when making their arguments for “god” and guns.

They never quote Jesus. They rarely quote scripture. In fact, this quote from Jefferson is a direct refutation of the well-known quote from Isaiah 2.

The fact is that groups like these – and all the other communities claiming the name of God right along their greater devotion to the 2nd amendment (a splinter group from the Cult of the Constitution(tm)) – often ignore scriptural themes like non-violence, especially when it doesn't line up with their desires or interests.

This is not to say that myself or others aren't guilty of that from time to time, but I digress…

The “god” these people are referring isn't the God they think it is. If they wish to use a lower case “g”, I would gladly drop my objections to their organization's motivations.

If that “G” stays in the upper case, then there remains a problem.


Barton’s Statement on the Recall of His Book

David Barton’s book – The Jefferson Lies – has been pulled by Thomas Nelson Publishers for the inaccuracies it contained. Several professional historians have mounted counter-proposals in response to the outright lies it contained. However, it appears as if there is another publisher willing to sell their soul to the devil in order to rake

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Barton Wrong on Jefferson? Throckmorton and Coulter Debunk ‘The Jefferson Lies’

My recent oath to exclude politics and destructive rhetoric from my blog notwithstanding, I am still an historian who feels it important to point out when someone is getting something abhorrently wrong. David Barton’s recent book about Thomas Jefferson–The Jefferson Lies–is something which needs to be refuted. In their book–Getting Jefferson Right–Warren Throckmorton and Michael

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The Resurrection Through the Eyes of Rob Bell–MUST SEE!

My friend, @csalafia, posted this video from Rob Bell.  I had to share.  Hope it blesses you like it did me.

POLL: What do you think about ‘Monumental’?

The big day is tomorrow!  Monumental opens in some theaters, across the country, tomorrow.  I just wanted to get your thoughts.

UPDATE: Perkins’ FRC Stands “With Kirk” Cameron as “Monumental” Approaches

The Family Research Council–headed by Tony Perkins–has begun a campaign for their supporters on Facebook to show solidarity with Mike Seaver on Monumental. The idea is that you “like” and “share” this (the photo above) through your Facebook account.  As of 1:13pm, there were 85 people who had commented on the photo and nearly 1,500 who have

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BREAKING: David Barton Interviewed by Kirk Cameron in “Monumental”

I truly was willing to give Monumental a chance–not much of one–but a chance.  However, it has come to my attention that Mike Seaver will be interviewing David Barton as part of his history-esque movie.  I found the information on Urban Christian News–which I didn’t realize was a thing.  Here is a portion of the article

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