A HYMN FOR TODAY – Still The Cause Before Us

Still The Cause Before Us

Let all who stand with Christ the Lord,
Each good and faithful servant,
Take up the shield and bear the sword,
With heart and spirit fervent.
Behind the Rock of Ages,
And armed with holy pages,
If God be for us, who can fear?
Oh, let us be courageous!

The early saints held fast indeed,
And One would soon reward them;
For mounted on His battle steed,
“The Word of God” came toward them.
And through the slaughter glorious,
His army rode victorious!
Their cause, now aged two thousand years,
Is still the cause before us.

Almighty God, whose outstretched arm
Is certain to defend us,
We pray, where’er the present harm,
“Into the conflict, send us!”
By calling and election,
With power and protection,
Our cross of duty leads from here
To crowns of resurrection.

O God, we know by pressing on,
A field is ever nearing;
Where all our mortal strength is gone,
We lie down in the clearing.
Should nightfall overtake us,
The morning hymn will wake us!
And when our Life and Light appears,
Immortal Father, take us. – C.A. Roberts, 2002                                                                                                                                                                    Tune: EAKIN – Robert Schumann, arr.                                                                                                                                                                    arr. C.A. Roberts and Sarah Roberts Jenkins                                                                                                                                                      #521 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

Iditrarod Adventures: The Big Envelope

Iditrarod Adventures: The Big Envelope

Iditrarod Adventures —  by Jan Distel

The Big Envelope

Grant proposals were due November 1, with the results not to be announced until mid-February.
I tried not to think of it much during those three long months.  When it would come to mind, I would try not to hope and wish.  I would get out my red pen and grade more essays, plan some lessons, work on other school projects…anything to avoid thinking about the grant 24/7.

As the time for the announcement grew closer and closer, one of my teacher friends–who had also submitted a grant proposal–commented that she could not believe all of the things she had committed to do if she were a successful candidate.  I silently agreed, especially when she exclaimed, “This is going to change my life!”

One cold, snowy Saturday in February, one of my dear friends who had also applied let me know she had received a letter about it.  I was convinced that I would be notified that day, too.  We checked the mail time after time, but the box was always empty, mail having been delayed because of several days of bad weather.

……..  Read more at http://iditarodadventures.blogspot.com/ — by my cousin, Jan Distel

Song book content (1 of 2)

An interesting post (one of several) by a fellow blogger and hymn enthusiast.

Earnestly Speaking

I’m calling this two-installment blog “Song book content” because its subjects, although they would typically be called “hymnals,” are more appropriately labelled “song books.”  The books that most churches use for “worship” content rarely consist primarily in hymns, so I’m not using the term “hymnal.”

First, we should define a few words, inasmuch as such definition is possible.

  1. Song. A song, simply put, has words and a melody.  (Purely instrumental music is not properly called “song.”)
  2. Gospel song. A gospel song, you might think has to do directly with the gospel message, i.e., the good news that Jesus came, died for mankind, and was raised.  However, in the U.S., the “gospel song” is generally understood to be a song other than a hymn, and other than a contemporary Christian song.  More specifically, gospel songs tend to predominate among church songs written during the 19th and the first half…

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A HYMN FOR TODAY – Our Day of Praise Is Done

Our day of praise is done;
The evening shadows fall;
But pass not from us with the sun,
True light that lightest all.

Around the throne on high,
Where night can never be,
The white-robed angels of the sky
Bring ceaseless hymns to Thee.

A little while, and then
Shall come the glorious end;
And songs of angels and of men
In perfect praise shall blend.

SM ( – John Ellerton, 1871

Tune: ST. THOMAS – Aaron Williams, 1763

#136 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

why I didn’t wait – the feedback

why I didn’t wait – the feedback

I don’t know the author but this woman is really on to something very important. as the original disclaimer says, Don’t read the post if you are easily offended or blush when someone says “sex.” because it says sex like 100 times.

The wife & times of Reverend Wootton

As I figured, the last post has gotten a ton of traffic. I’m praying that it is helpful and healing to many who read it, offering the kind of wisdom, hard-bought in my case, to be heeded for those facing decisions about their sexuality and singleness.

Along with the ton of traffic, I’ve gotten some really good feedback from folks who had some questions and a little bit of push back. I more than welcome it. In fact, I love it. I firmly believe that individual experience is unique and should be treated as special, that my experience is not going to be the same as yours and vice versa. I also always want to be open to critique and questions from sincere and seeking people who want an honest dialogue about important issues like sexuality.

Two things I have to point out that I didn’t do for multiple reasons…

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why I didn’t wait

why I didn’t wait

A different perspective on a vital topic — please be sure to read the last paragraph!

The wife & times of Reverend Wootton

[Editor’s Note: Don’t read the post if you are easily offended or blush when someone says “sex.” because it says sex like 100 times.]

Some time ago, a post on Huffington Post’s blog gave a list of how to know you are sexually compatible. It was from the standpoint of a single male who decided that you HAD TO have sex before you committed to the person because that was the only way to know for sure this was the “right one” for you. A few days later, The Gospel Coalition posted a reply of sorts by another single male who explained the party line on why you wait until marriage to have sex and he did a fine job of defining sex in terms of God’s design for a married couple.

But as a single woman up until the age of 39, and far far far from a virgin, I…

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Aerial view of Jerusalem from the east. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Jerusalem in IMAX — via Ferrell Jenkins

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Friday morning my wife and I joined three Biblical Studies faculty from Florida College, and a handful of other people, in the MOSI IMAX giant screen theater in Tampa to see the National Geographic Entertainment presentation of JERUSALEM.

The original producers of this film have been promoting it for several years, as you can see from the video that we posted nearly three years ago here. The current production is about 45 minutes in length. The thing that really makes the difference is the IMAX giant screen presentation.

JERUSALEM features three young ladies representing the three religions claiming Jerusalem as the home of their origin: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The girls guide the viewers through the crowded, winding streets of the Old City to the various religious sites of the city. There are a few scenes in other parts of the country: Capernaum, Caesarea Maritima, Joppa, Masada, and the…

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Footnote 30 — Rick Atkinson, The Guns at Last Light

Footnote 30  —  Rick Atkinson, The Guns At Last Light: War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The Liberation Trilogy, Volume 3).  New York: Henry Holt and Co.. 2013, pp. 23-24 (Kindle Edition Locations 573-609).

The “stuff” of war: Excerpts from Rick Atkinson’s Liberation Trilogy:

“The loading of invasion vessels bound for the Far Shore had begun on May 4 and intensified as the month wore away. Seven thousand kinds of combat necessities had to reach the Norman beaches in the first four hours, from surgical scissors to bazooka rockets, followed by tens of thousands of tons in the days following. Responsibility for embarkation fell to three military bureaucracies with acronyms evocative of the Marx Brothers: MOVCO, TURCO, and EMBARCO. Merchant marine captains sequestered in a London basement near Selfridges department store prepared loading plans with the blueprints of deck and cargo spaces spread on huge tables; wooden blocks scaled to every jeep, howitzer, and shipping container were pushed around like chess pieces to ensure a fit. Soldiers in their camps laid out full-sized deck replicas on the ground and practiced wheeling trucks and guns in and out.

“In twenty-two British ports, stevedores slung pallets and cargo nets into holds and onto decks, loading radios from Pennsylvania, grease from Texas, rifles from Massachusetts. For OVERLORD, the U.S. Army had accumulated 301,000 vehicles, 1,800 train locomotives, 20,000 rail cars, 2.6 million small arms, 2,700 artillery pieces, 300,000 telephone poles, and 7 million tons of gasoline, oil, and lubricants. SHAEF had calculated daily combat consumption, from fuel to bullets to chewing gum, at 41.298 pounds per soldier. Sixty million K rations, enough to feed the invaders for a month, were packed in 500-ton bales. Huge U.S. Army railcars known as war flats hauled tanks and bulldozers to the docks, while mountains of ammunition were stacked on car ferries requisitioned from Boston, New York, and Baltimore. The photographer Robert Capa, who would land with the second wave at Omaha Beach, watched as the “giant toys ” were hoisted aboard…

“Armed guards from ten cartography depots escorted 3,000 tons of maps for D-Day alone, the first of 210 million maps that would be distributed in Europe, most of them printed in five colors. Also into the holds went 280,000 hydrographic charts; town plats for the likes of Cherbourg and St.-Lô; many of the one million aerial photos of German defenses, snapped from reconnaissance planes flying at twenty-five feet; and watercolors depicting the view that landing-craft coxswains would have of their beaches. Copies of a French atlas pinpointed monuments and cultural treasures, with an attached order from Eisenhower calling for “restraint and discipline” in wreaking havoc.

“The U.S. First Army battle plan for OVERLORD contained more words than Gone with the Wind. For the 1st Infantry Division alone, Field Order No. 35 had fifteen annexes and eighteen appendices, including a reminder to “drive on right side of road.” Thick sheaves of code words began with the Pink List, valid from H-hour to two A.M. on D + 1, when the Blue List would succeed it. Should the Blue List be compromised, the White List would be used, but only if the word “swallow” was broadcast on the radio. A soldier could only sigh.

“Day after night after day, war matériel cascaded onto the wharves and quays, a catalogue Homeric in magnitude and variety: radio crystals by the thousands, carrier pigeons by the hundreds, one hundred Silver Stars and three hundred Purple Hearts—dubbed “the German marksmanship medal”— for each major general to award as warranted, and ten thousand “Hagensen packs,” canvas bags sewn by sailmakers in lofts across England and stuffed with plastic explosive. A company contracted to deliver ten thousand metal crosses had missed its deadline; instead, Graves Registration units would improvise with wooden markers. Cotton mattress covers used as shrouds had been purchased on the basis of one for every 375 man-days in France, a formula that proved far too optimistic. In July, with supplies dwindling, quartermasters would be forced to ship another fifty thousand.

“Four hospital ships made ready, “snowy white … with many bright new red crosses painted on the hull and painted flat on the boat deck,” the reporter Martha Gellhorn noted. Each LST also would carry at least two physicians and twenty Navy corpsmen to evacuate casualties, with operating rooms built on the open tank decks— a “cold, dirty trap,” in one officer’s estimation— and steam tables used to heat twenty-gallon sterilization cans. All told, OVERLORD would muster 8,000 doctors, 600,000 doses of penicillin, fifty tons of sulfa, and 800,000 pints of plasma meticulously segregated by black and white donors. Sixteen hundred pallets weighing half a ton each and designed to be dragged across the beaches were packed with enough medical supplies to last a fortnight.


D-Day seventy years later

Like many others who have visited these sites in Normandy, I found it an overwhelming experience tto try to imagine the magnitude of the sacrifice. Take a moment to reflect …..

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D-Day, June 6, 1944, is a very important day in American history. Here is one of the photos I made of “Omaha” Beach on a rainy day in 2002. This is where many American soldiers landed on that fateful day.

"Omaha" Beach in Normandy. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

A visit to this area and especially to the American cemetery helps us realize what a great debt we owe to those who gave their lives while fighting for freedom. A few years ago, prior to his death, I visited regularly with a veteran of World War II who was at Normandy. I enjoyed hearing him talk about the war, and asking him questions. I was always encouraged when I left his home.

The American Cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy. Photo by F. Jenkins.

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