Introduction and Index

Wreck of the Sea Venture 1609 Samuel Jordan was evidently the first Jordan to settle in English America. Some reports say that Samuel was born in Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England, and his birth year is given as 1575 or 1578.  Samuel was on the ship Sea Venture that shipwrecked off Bermuda in July 1609. The […]

Holier Than Thou?

Non-Christians are often ill-informed on Christian beliefs and have little understanding or interest in what goes on in a typical Christian congregation.  The following paragraphs are written with the hope that they will shed a bit of light on the subject. As I write this post, I must confess my inadequacy.  I am no theologian, […]

Kevin’s Blanket

This is a true story.  I have changed the names of the participants in order to spare them from possible embarrassment.  After all, I did not ask them for permission to post this account of a rather amusing incident extracted from our family archives. Kevin loved his blanket.  In fact, he loved it so much […]

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory was a powerful anti-war motion picture made in 1957.  It depicts the horrors of trench warfare in World War I, and it illustrates the dehumanizing effects of warfare.  The story describes the travails of members of a French battalion on the front line during the third year of the Great War.  The […]

The Shroud of Turin

  (Note:  I’m off to Arizona and Nevada to visit with family.  This will be my last post until about July 10th.) About a year ago I included information on the Shroud of Turin in a much longer post about proofs of God’s existence. Today I am concentrating on the Shroud alone.  I urge you […]


    Anytime a momentous event such as a major disaster, a notable assassination, or some other out-of-the-ordinary event occurs it provokes a visceral response in witnesses and in the general public.  Most of us who were mature at that time can remember what we were doing when the Pearl Harbor attack was announced, when […]

A Liberal Agenda and a Conservative’s Response

On Sunday, June 16th, an opinion column written by Peter Funt appeared in certain papers across the country.  In this column he extolled the virtues of a liberal/progressive approach to American government. In Funt’s own words: “Modern politics can be summed up this way: Republicans frequently refer to Ronald Reagan, while Democrats prefer to conjure […]


On June 17, 1972, four men were arrested at the National Democratic Headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington, DC.  It appeared to be a routine burglary, but subsequent investigations revealed that the men who broke into Democratic offices were actually agents hired by the Committee for the Re-election of President Richard Nixon.  The Washington […]