Monthly Archives: July 2008

Obama on Abortion

Here is Relevant magazine being relevant:

Obama says:

I have repeatedly said that I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother. Now, I don’t think that “mental distress” qualifies as the health of the mother.


The other email rumor that’s been floating around is that somehow I’m unwilling to see doctors offer life-saving care to children who were born as a result of an induced abortion. That’s just false… It defies common sense to think that a hospital wouldn’t provide life-saving treatment to an infant that was alive and had a chance of survival.

Let’s continue to pray that brother Obama will embrace God’s view for the sanctity of life of the unborn!


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DVD Review: An Uncommon Union:The Life and Love of Sarah and Jonathan Edwards

Uncommon Union

If Sarah Edwards had only been able to adopt and homeschool her recently orphaned grandson Aaron Burr perhaps he would not have shot and killed Alexander Hamilton! Instead she died on the way to pick him up. Her heart was busted after Mr. Edwards (1703-1758) died after having a bad reaction to the new smallpox vaccination.
The acting is not that great but the script is wonderful. It is about Sarah reminiscing about her husband’s life. You do get a lot of insights into her life at the same time- her meloncholy,and her ecstatic joy that made people think she was crazy. The script, adapted from a one-actress play,  sounds like it is using many primary sources.  Sarah Edwards is a hero of the Great Awakening along were her husband. Perhaps we will see such a great spiritual awakening in our day. Recommended – 4 stars.
(this DVD is available on Netflix)

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Oragami birds at Broad Street Ministries in Philadelphia

This took my breath away this morning! The oragami birds are an art installation at Broad Street Ministries in Philadelphia.

It consists of 600 oragami swallows suspended by invisible thread. Each swallow represents a prayer by people who are homeless or struggling or sick. Prayers “not for handouts, but for jobs.”

The windmills are another art installation. They are unexpected in the church.  They are not moving, as if frozen in a moment of “longing, tense” expectation waiting for “wind and fire” at the eve of Pentecost.

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Jesus For President #5

The Trailer

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Sam has a job!

The job is in New York City in Soho. It is programming and writing for a local news website. So the news is good! Sam (my oldest son) and Katie (his fiance) are hoping to live in Brooklyn. They are getting married on August 9th. They have entertaining website and podcast called skinc, so that is the best place to go for Sam and Katie news!

Josh is working two jobs – Blockbusters and telemarketing. Hannah is at the Dollar Store, and Ben is selling Magic card on Ebay.

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Jesus For President #4

I found the Jesus For President Blog, which gives a day-by-day report on the Jesus for President book tour.  Here is the funniest entry I found – about crossing the Canadian border

The tour comes to Philadephia  tomorrow evening, July 26, 2008.


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The slaves of the Great Great Grandfather of John McCain

A puzzle: I am interested in the Original John McCain (John McCain’s III great grandfather, the son of the slave owner). Was he never in the military? Did he live in Carroll County, Mississippi his entire life? Apparently he was sherriff and the owner of a plantation of sharecroppers. John must have been 12 when his father died in the civil war. His son and his grandson became admirals and his great grandson is running for president! Why isn’t it John McCain III not John McCain IV? 

I was researching the ethnicity of John McCain (he is Scottish, Irish and English) and discovered that McCain’s great great grandfather, William Alexander McCain (1812-1863), was a slave owner

William died at the age of 51 in the war between the states. He was born in North Carolina in 1812. McCain married Mary Louisa McAllister in 1840. She was 18, he was 28. William was a farmer, and they had 6 children in 1860 – four girls and two boys, aged 17 to 5 months.

William also owned 52 slaves – 48 of them had the race of “B”, 4 of them had the race of “M”. 23 were female, 29 were male. The youngest was 6 months, the oldest was 62. Here is the age break down:

0-10 years of age: 13 children

11-19 years of age: 7 teenagers

20-55 years old: 25

55 years of age and older: 7

Here is the link:

The great-great Grandfather of John McCain was William Alexander McCain (1812-1863). He had John McCain (1851-1934) who had Admiral John McCain (1884-1945) who had Admiral John McCain (1911-1981) who had John McCain (1936- ), the Republican Nominee who is running for president. It looks like John’s father, grandfather, and great grandfather were all named John so he should be known as John McCain IV.


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