Knights in Training

Heather Haupt really nailed it with her book Knights in Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys.   This book has ten principles taken from the time honored code of the knights, reminding us that not much is different when it comes to raising the next generation of young men.   It was refreshing for me to read a book that reminds us that boys are different and there is a very good reason why we do not want to raise typical boys.

In this book parents are reminded that “old fashioned” virtues do not have to be old fashioned and chivalry is not dead…these things just need to be modeled and taught as we raise modern day knights to love God, defend and protect, persevere, pursue excellence, obey those in authority, respect and honor women, etc.

One of the things that impressed me with the book is the author’s passion for the subject.  This was very much displayed in the summer of 2017, when Mrs. Haupt was “live” on her facebook page every week for several weeks in a row discussing the concepts of the book with her fans and followers.   I enjoyed the videos and the discussions that came of those.

This book also lists several resources that your boys will love as well as a link for a Knight’s Code of Chivalry Poster that my son really was excited about as I was reading the book.

This book is one I definitely recommend for parents of boys.

They’re Your Kids by Mrs. Sam Sorbo

They're Your Kids Book Cover
They’re Your Kids

Having received a Kindle recently for my birthday I was excited to “discover” They’re Your Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate by Sam Sorbo in the Kindle store.   Since she is one of the speakers on the schedule of the Teach Them Diligently Conference coming up this year, I thought it might be good to read the book.

I was not disappointed.  The subtitle of the book, An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubt to Home School Advocate, really sets the stage for the book.   The book is divided into two parts:
1. Why Home School?
2. My Story

As she described the whys of homeschooling, the book is full of facts as she takes the reader through everything from the state of the public school systems to the history and political information a parent needs to understand why home schooling is best for families.

I really liked her story as well because in it I found some great recommendations as well as some things my wife and I can relate to.  It is nice to know that a family like hers in Los Angelas can relate to a family like mine in the Midwest.   We are all in this together.

Two thumbs up and I’m really looking forward to hearing her speak!

Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense

Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense

Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense by Charl Van Wyk is a book that I added to my library a few years ago.  But it is a book that deals with many of the issues that remain relevant in our world today.  The author of the book actually found himself in a situation which has come to be known as the St. James Massacre.  Here is Van Wyk’s account of what happened:

“Grenades were exploding in flashes of light. Pews shattered under the blasts, sending splinters flying through the air.   An automatic assault rifle was being fired and was fast ripping the pews – and whoever, whatever was in its trajectory – to pieces. We were being attacked!

“Instinctively, I knelt down behind the bench in front of me and pulled out my .38 special snub-nosed revolver, which I always carried with me.   I would have felt undressed without it. Many people could not understand why I would carry a firearm into a church service, but I argued that this was a particularly dangerous time in South Africa….”

On that day in July 25, 1993, this dear brother was severely outgunned and outmanned, but he shot back.   His book not only gives the story of what happened, but also addresses many of the concerns that the many of us have debated before or written about:

  • Should Christians carry weapons?
  • When is it appropriate to defend ourselves and those we love?
  • What can we, as God’s people, do when our rights are threatened?

The best thing about this book is that there are many references to Scripture from the Old Testament all the way into the New.  All of God’s people should desire that God be glorified and His Word is honored.  It should also be our desire that our actions are in accordance to the Word of God.  I do feel that Brother Van Wyk is such a man.

He also brings his own experiences into the book, which are very helpful.  For instance, the post-shooting trauma, the anger, the forgiveness, etc. are all parts of the aftermath.  In the book, he does not shy away from writing about these things.

This book is a good reminder also that terrorism is not only an American problem and that gun laws and freedom are not only American issues.   While his experience is something none of us want to go through, it is something we try to prepare for.  Having a copy of this book in my personal library has caused me to think about some things I have never thought about.  I would sugggest everyone buy this book!

Southern Independence, Why War


Southern Independence. Why War?

Charles Pace Shotwell Publishing, 2015

The so-called Civil War has been given many names through the years, depending on what side of the Mason-Dixon you live on, or what kind of education you have had. Civil War, War of the Rebellion, The War Between the States, the War of the Yankee Aggression, and the list goes on and on. Dr. Charles Pace, in his book, Southern Independence. Why War? very accurately points out the war is most accurately described as “The War to End Southern Independence.” Sure wish I would have thought to use the term in some of my discussions with the Northern folks I come into contact with.


Dr Pace’s writing style is very easy to read, which appealed to a broad range of people in my family – preteen to adult. Each of the chapters deals with a particular subject regarding the war and, by the author’s own admission, the reader can skip around since each chapter does stand alone.

From the beginning, he pulls from his own experiences as a doctor in North Carolina and although I’m from a different generation than the author I enjoyed reading about his memories of a simpler time, for example, when, “the patient was there because he wanted to get well, not because he wanted disability.” Life has sure changed. These changes are due to big government. As the book brings out, the founders republic was killed by Lincoln and his party and turned into an empire.

The aim of the book is to discover historical truth, and this the author does by taking and covering many political, constitutional, religious and historical topics – some of which will be familiar with the student of Southern history. But he does so in a fresh style and ties it all in with the founders as well as current events.

To quote from the book, “History says he [Lincoln] made war in pursuit of ‘Union,’ a supposedly good thing, a word that is not required to mean anything – an end to itself. Later on, the false claim was added that he fought to eradicate slavery. Union, at the point of a gun, is slavery… The war was fought for one reason, and that gives it its only correct name: ‘The War To Prevent Southern Independence.’”

I did feel, as I was reading the book, that while the Dr. Pace had a lot of facts and historical truth, it would have been nice to include footnotes for his sources. I enjoy the truth as well as facts and always like to go back to the source of any author I read. He does include a chapter at the end of the book that includes his sources which is good, but I didn’t know about it until I was finished.

Southern Independence. Why War? was a great addition to my library and would be great for any serious student of the War to End Southern Independence, slavery, Abraham Lincoln, or the United States for that matter.

Why Baptists Cannot Unionize With Others

Why Baptists Cannot Unionize With Others

by Buell H. Kazee

In the first place, Baptists are unique, or they or nothing. That is, they are different. There is no point to their being just another denomination. If they can possibly unite with any other religious body, and  still remain true to the Bible, they ought to do it. A man ought not to be a Baptist unless the Word of God impels him to be. There is no point to our being separate, calling ourselves by another name, if we are not called of God to stand as no other people do. God is not the author of this present confusion of denominations, and, if Baptists did not exist long before there were any  denominations, they have no right to their claim.

To be honest, then, and consistent with our claims, we originated with John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, or we arose along with modern denominations. If the latter, then we cannot claim to be Scriptural, for the Lord had New Testament churches long before that. I do not mean that there has to be Apostolic succession. But I do insist that there must be Apostolic identity in experience, doctrine and practice. No religious group has any right to call itself a Scriptural church if it cannot identify itself with the apostles in experience, doctrine and practice. Baptists take the position that they can do this. If they can, logically, all who disagree with them are wrong.

We assume, therefore, that Baptists are right and can so identify themselves. Logically, then, all who disagreed with them in experience, fundamental doctrine and practice are wrong. (All who disagree with us ought to have this conviction about their position or give it up).

I would not say that others are not saved. There are, doubtless, in many denominations, those who are saved. But I definitely declare that all those who are saved were saved as Baptists were, and as they preach. In many cases they are saved in spite of their doctrine instead of by it. They are saved by the truth with Baptists teach.

Now, here comes a brother into my study, a pastor of another denomination who believes that we all ought to “get together.” He insists that I ought to attend his revival meeting and help them; that he would be glad to attend ours and help us.

Why couldn’t we all get together? I said, “Do you mean that?” “Yes,” he replied, “I certainly do.” I said, “Would you accept me as a member of your church?” To which he replied,

“Certainly.” “Just as I am?” I insisted. “Exactly!” he said. “Would you accept all the people in our church who are like me just as they are?” I continued. “Yes siree!” he answered. He was enthusiastic. Then I said, “Well, what is wrong with

us?” “Why, nothing,” he replied, “except that you hold yourselves aloof and won’t join in with the rest of us.”

Then I hit him the body blow. I said, “if there is nothing wrong with us as we are, and you would accept us as we are, why don’t you just bring your folks down and join us?”

“Yes, but,” he replied, “you would insist on our being baptized again.” “But you say you would accept us even though we hold to that belief,” I said. He was embarrassed. I continued, “We were here long before you were. You cannot date back more than a hundred years or so. We’ve established positive proof of apostolic antiquity. Why don’t you join us, if there is nothing wrong with us other than that we do not join you?”

He became a bit heated. “Yes, but you are unfair; you are trying to shut us out,” he said. “Not on your life,” I answered. “The door of our church is open to all who come professing faith in Jesus as Saviour and who will submit to baptism as a confession of that faith.”

That closed the door. Then he said, “But why can’t we come and take the Lord’s Supper with you?” I replied with the question: “Do you believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are church ordinances?” “Yes,” was the reply. Then said I,

“Why do you want one of our ordinances while you refuse the other?” This brought and end to the discussion.

I have recorded this conversation to show my reader where such logic leads to. The utter silliness of a man clinging to another denomination, contending that they are right and we are wrong, but at the same time wanted to have church

fellowship with us! Why doesn’t he give up the idea that he is right if he thinks we are all right? And if he doesn’t think we are right, why does he want to join us or have us join him?

Right here is all the reason Baptists need to keep them from unionizing with other denominations. The silly idea of telling somebody he is wrong but that just the same you will endorse him and fellowship him! Nobody has a right to claim allegiance to a denomination or church, then at the same time prostitute that allegiance by fellowshipping others. He ought to get in or get out.

The argument comes: “But we do not mean to have you Baptists join us. We just want you to come over and attend our services occasionally and join us in revival efforts.” To which I answer in the words of a good brother and friend of mine, “if I could fellowship another denomination or ‘church’ for one hour, I could, and ought to, for life. If I can justify a heresy for an hour, I ought to be willing to stick to it longer.”

Well, so much for the logic of the matter. It just will not stand.

But there is something more. Christians are made by experience. Churches are composed of Christians associated in experience; yes, but more, in expression. A church is not only to be something, it must also preach something.

Our common experience is our salvation,; the fact is in our souls. But in a church there must be common expression in doctrine and teaching about that salvation. We may have received a common experience from the Lord, but our

interpretation of that experience may differ. At least it seems so. I say I was saved through faith in Christ. The Campbellite

says he was saved by faith and baptism. Fact is, if he is saved at all, he was saved exactly as I was. But he differs with me on the interpretation of how he was saved. Granted that we have had a common experience, he or I one has erred in the directions we give to others of how to be saved. Whichever of us is wrong will doubtless lead many others astray and deceive them. It matters what a church preaches just as much as what the church is.

Now, if I am preaching that I was saved without baptism and he says he was saved by it, and each of us contends that his preachment is Scriptural, can I endorse his preaching and be faithful to what I believe the Bible teaches? Certainly not! I can no more endorse an heretical doctrine than I can an hereticalexperience. Baptist will disdain the heretical experience of the Pentecostals who claim to speak in tongues. They have no more right to endorse a heresy in doctrine than they do a heresy in experience. But you say, “You don’t have to endorse what they preach in other denominations, they just want you to have Christian fellowship with them.” I

reply that Christian fellowship is one thing, church fellowship is another. I can have Christian fellowship with anyone who has been born again and who is earnestly seeking the truth, but this fellowship is wholly on the ground of experience, not of interpretation and expression.

A church is more than fellowship in experience, it is a fellowship in doctrine and practice. It may be that we may find Christian fellowship on the basis of experience, but when we enter the realm of the church, we must require fellowship in doctrine and practice. Christians cannot differ on experience, but they may differ on the interpretation of that experience.

I cannot sit with another brother in the realm of church relationships without endorsing what he is preaching unless I am there to oppose it. So I said to the brother referred to above: “Here in my study, you can say you have been born

again. If so, I can talk with you in the spirit of a Christian and feel that attitude in you. This is Christian fellowship. But when I go over to your church and, by my presence and support of your meeting, acquiesce in what you are doing, I undeniably tell the public that I am supporting your views and recognizing your work to be according to the Word of God, This I cannot do. I must meet you, if at all, on the common ground of experience alone, not on the ground of church expression.”



No man has any business joining any church unless he believes it to be identified with the churches found in the New Testament. If he has done this, there is no honest ground anywhere in the world where he can give approval of any kind to any other and be logical.

Anxiety by Pink


Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)

“In nothing be anxious.” (Phil. 4:6, R.V.)

Worrying is as definitely forbidden as theft. This needs to be carefully pondered and definitely realized by us, so that we do not excuse it as an innocent infirmity. The more we are convicted of the sinfulness of anxiety, the sooner are we likely to perceive that it is most dishonoring to God, and strive against it (Heb 12:4). But how are we to strive against it?

First, by begging the Holy Spirit to grant us a deeper conviction of its enormity.

Second, by making it a subject of special and earnest prayer, that we may be delivered from this evil.

Third, by watching its beginning, and, as soon as we are conscious of harassment of mind, as soon as we detect the unbelieving thought, lift up our heart to God and ask Him for deliverance from it.

The best antidote for anxiety is frequent meditation upon God’s goodness, power, and sufficiency. When the saint can confidently realize “The Lord is my shepherd,” he must draw the conclusion, “I shall not want!” Immediately following our exhortation is, “But in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.” Nothing is too big and nothing is too little to spread before and cast upon the Lord. The “with thanksgiving” is most important, yet it is the point at which we most fail. It means that before we receive God’s answer, we thank Him for the same: it is the confidence of the child expecting his Father to be gracious.

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought [anxious concern] for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?…But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mat 6:25, 33).

Monumental Spiritual Attacks

The attacks on the Southern history and culture are not new.  These things happened before.   But what I find, as I am studying the Scriptures and reading books such as Christ in the Camp by J Williams Jones, this is very much a Spiritual battle.

The monuments and the men, or rather the character of the men that are under attack today were Christian men.  We do not claim them to be without fault, no man is, but they were by their actions and their words, very much servants of the Most High.

I would invite you to study these men.   Hear just a sampling of their words:

“Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.”  -General “Stonewall” Jackson

General Lee described himself as “nothing but a poor sinner, trusting in Christ alone for salvation.”

The fight that is being fought against the South isn’t against the flag.  Its not about tearing down monuments.  And, time will tell I’m right about this.   They will not stop with Lee, Jackson, Davis, etc.   Others will and are being attacked now.   Our Christian heritage is being attacked from angles.

Are you going to stand?

“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls…”  (Jeremiah 6:16a)


Emergency Surgery

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases…” (Psalm 103:1-3).

I woke up this past Lord’s Day (June 4) in a LOT of pain in my abdomen. I thought maybe it was a kidney stone.  I was really trying to get ready for church services but the pain just kept getting worse. So, after a while and my wife convinced men to, I decided to go to the ER instead of church.   We went to Avita Emergency Room which is located at the Richland Mall in Ontario OH. They took me in right away, ran a few tests and determined my problem was appendicitis! Right away they prepped me for surgery to have my appendix removed!

The surgery went well, praise the Lord.  I am amazed that the incision is small and they sent me home the same day. The recovery is gonna be a number of days and I’m still in pain but thankful for God’s goodness to me.  Please keep me in your prayers.

Last Man Standing

“Last Man Standing” is being cancelled from ABC, even though the hit comedy is very popular.   While I don’t watch a lot of tv, I do enjoy the show.   Tim Allen was always a favorite of mine growing up.  (Who else remembers Home Improvement?).  His show is one of the few with conservative values.    Notice the following clip:

I think we need to remember that all media is educational…  Depending on the program depends on what is the education.  And the powers that be are telling us what kind of education they want.  An education that is godless.

20th Century Fox is reportedly looking for a new home for the popular show.   Pureflix posted that they are interested in it, which I think would be great!

Stone That Cannot Be Moved.

“Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces….”  (Daniel 2:34)

I am awake this evening watching yet another monument being removed from New Orleans.  Now, I just want to say that I have never been to New Orleans, nor was it on my list of places I wanted to go to.   However, I think the removal of the monuments there are a mistake.   If the monuments and historical markers that certain groups find offensive are removed, would there be any left?   History is supposed to show us the good, bad and the ugly of what has happened.  Let them be.

I have seen some magnificent monuments in this country to various individuals. Whether in Washington DC, Memphis, or Richmond, these all tell a story of our past.  The stones they were carved from is beautiful and my family and I enjoy learning from them.   Yes, that’s right, the best education is, a lot of times, outside the pages of a textbook.

The powers that be may try to erase our past.  They may take down some monuments that are over 100 years old.  And, though the cowards wearing masks backed by their mayor may have taken down some monuments in the south, I am here to tell you there is a Stone that will NEVER be removed.

His name is Jesus.   The only hope we have.

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.   Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”   (Acts 4:10-12)

While the hostile removal of our history makes my blood boil, I’m resting tonight in the blessed Rock of Ages.   How about you?