Field Marshal: The Life and Death of Erwin Rommel — A Review

I recently read an article about how the Christian publishing industry never really publishes books for men. The industry knows that men don’t buy books. Even when they do publish a book for a man, they market it to the man’s wife or girlfriend so that they will buy it and give to the man in question. That is one of the reasons I never go to Christian bookstores. We have far too many women wearing pants instead skirts, and men in skirts instead of pants.

In view of that, Daniel Allen Butler’s Field Marshal: The Life and Death of Erwin Rommel fills the gaps for men in our day by providing a book about a true man. This isn’t because Butler set out to write a book in order to give other men, an example for men to emulate. That would be a book written by someone in the Christian publishing industry and it would definitely be cheesy. The book is worth reading for men because of the character of Rommel himself.

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Andy’s Best Churchill Impersonation

(Originally published back in 2006.)

It is said, that all babies look like Winston Churchill at one point or another. Given that, here is a speech given to Parliament June 4, 1940… on of his most well known speeches…

I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty’s Government-every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation.

The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength. Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

I love this speech and wish I could find an audio copy of it. Churchill was a great man because he saw the tyranny of socialism, the wickedness of Hitler, and was willing to take personal abuse in his steadfast fight to defeat both.

Only “Orthodox” Would Do

It’s interesting that the original name for the Orthodox Presbyterian Church was actually the Presbyterian Church of America. Don’t confuse that with the denomination of today, the Presbyterian Church in America. The latter denomination would not arrive on the scene until the 1970s. The former was getting underway in the early 1930s.

But the new denomination, and the new name wasn’t to be. The former denomination, the Presbyterian Church USA, took the new denomination to court, saying that the name was too similar to the old name. The court agreed and the first PCA had to change their name.

They tossed around many names: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church (which now exists), The Presbyterian and Reformed Church of America, The North American Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Church of Christ, the Protestant Presbyterian Church of America, and the Free Presbyterian Church of America.

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Four Myths of the Crusades — That Every PCA Pastor Should Know

I had this buried on my dashboard because I wanted to be able to reference this article the next time that I heard someone making the claim that we Christians, and our Crusades, are the reason that Islam hates us so much. I never imagined that I would be using it in a response from a fellow pastor in my own denomination. As I read the article, my heart sank at the comment David Wallover made in his response to Carl Trueman. (I know, now there is a response to a response to Trueman’s original post, which you should read and his response to the responses.)

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Col. Allen West on Understanding Islam’s Intent of Destroying Us

The reason so many of us like Col. Allen West is because he is so willing to speak the truth concerning our enemies, specifically Islam. In this video he gives historical evidence as to why Islam continues to be a religion of violence. It is not because extremists have taken over the religion, it is because the religion itself is about destroying its enemies. The reason they attack us is because this is part of their belief system. Those who claim Islam is a religion of peace are either fooled or are liars. It is not about peace, but of destruction.

Please do not buy into the lie that Islam is a religion of peace. It is not nor has it ever been.

West mentions the Battle of Tours in his rebuttal against Islam. It truly was an important battle because it stopped the Islamic horde from advancing into  Europe. While I give Wikipedia any real authority, they did have this to say about that particular battle:

Later Christian chroniclers and pre-20th century historians praised Charles Martel as the champion of Christianity, characterizing the battle as the decisive turning point in the struggle against Islam, a struggle which preserved Christianity as the religion of Europe; according to modern military historian Victor Davis Hanson, “most of the 18th and 19th century historians, like Gibbon, saw Poitiers (Tours), as a landmark battle that marked the high tide of the Muslim advance into Europe.”[10]Leopold von Ranke felt that “Poitiers was the turning point of one of the most important epochs in the history of the world.”

The point is that Islam was advancing as they always do, through the use of the sword and Christians had to stand up against them in order to stop that advancement. It is also very important for Christians to know of this battle because Muslim are always quick to accuse Christianity as the violent religion due to the ill-advised Crusades. But notice the date of this battle: 732. The first Crusade was in 1092. That is a good 360 years after the Battle of Tours. Muslims are banking on our ignorance in referring to the Crusades, trying to imply that we were the first to draw the sword against them. Never mind their continued attacks from the moment of Islamic inception, the Battle of Tours in 732, which stopped those attacks, and the fact that the first Crusade was called for because of Islamic attack on the Christians in the area modern-day Turkey.

As Christians, it helps us to not only to be students of the word of God, but of history as well. It shows us that God was working in history and continues to work for His glory today.

Allen West on Co-exist Bumper Sticker

As you know from my previous post on this, I can’t stand the bumper sticker “coexist.” It’s mindless liberalism. Allen West cannot stand it either. Listen to his reasoning:

Allen West on Obama’s Lack of Leadership

And one more… to give you a great taste for Allen West. I love his straight forward and truthful responses to the issues that concern us.

Lunar Eclipse!

This is fascinating. Christopher Columbus used a lunar eclipse to trick the natives into giving him more food for his crew. It helps to have knowledge. Columbus was a true explorer and hero. Here is the article:

The Moon will turn an eerie shade of red for people in the western hemisphere late Wednesday and early Thursday, recreating the eclipse that saved Christopher Columbus more than five centuries ago.

In a lunar eclipse, the Sun, Earth and Moon are directly aligned and the Moon swings into the cone of shadow cast by the Earth.

But the Moon does not become invisible, as there is still residual light that is deflected towards it by our atmosphere. Most of this refracted light is in the red part of the spectrum and as a result the Moon, seen from Earth, turns a coppery, orange or even brownish hue.

Lunar eclipses have long been associated with superstitions and signs of ill omen, especially in battle.

The defeat of the Persian king Darius III by Alexander the Great in the Battle of Gaugamela in 331 BC was foretold by soothsayers when the Moon turned blood-red a few days earlier.

And an eclipse is credited with saving the life of Christopher Columbus and his crew in 1504.

Stranded on the coast of Jamaica, the explorers were running out of food and faced with increasingly hostile local inhabitants who were refusing to provide them with any more supplies.

Columbus, looking at an astronomical almanac compiled by a German mathematician, realised that a total eclipse of the Moon would occur on February 29, 1504.

He called the native leaders and warned them if they did not cooperate, he would make the Moon disappear from the sky the following night.

The warning, of course, came true, prompting the terrified people to beg Columbus to restore the Moon — which he did, in return for as much food as his men needed. He and the crew were rescued on June 29, 1504.

The Moon will be in total eclipse from 0301 GMT to 0351 GMT. This will be visible east of the Rocky Mountains in North America, as well as in all of Central and South America, West Africa and Western Europe. The zenith of totality is close to French Guiana.

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Winston Churchill is Still Dead!

Churchill Dies, January 1965
Yes, I know, this is not earth shattering news. News, by it’s nature, is something that is new. After news has settled, it becomes history. The reason I’m writing on this is that watching A&E’s Biography presentation on Churchill, the reality of his death hit me like a ton of bricks. It isn’t that I didn’t know he was dead. He died when I was 3 1/2 years old. It’s just for the past three years, I have been studying his life, and no where have I read of his ultimate demise. The book, The Last Lion, has only taken me up to when he became prime minister during the war. Since we are waiting on the final edition, the subject of his death has not come up.

I’m also reading Churchill’s own account of the history of World War II. I don’t think he is going to cover his death in that book. Yes, he was an amazing man. But he was not that amazing. In fact, his mortality came through in the end, as it will for all of us. Knowing even this, it was still sad to watch the record of his final days.

He knew that the best he had to offer was all behind him. It was over. He did amazing things in turning back the onslaught of the Nazis. But he could do nothing about the onslaught of old age, the feelings of uselessness, the feelings of being done. I would like to report that he faced death with the confidence of knowing that there was more to life than this one. But I cannot. The only thing about this great man that I have read concerning his belief is that it was reported he said the following: “I am ready to meet my maker, however I’m not sure He is ready for me.” Or something like that.

Still, he was an amazing man. I credit him alone for resisting the onslaught of Hitler and the Nazis. He was the one willing to stand against Hitler. All others capitulated in so many ways. They were afraid of Hitler. They were afraid of war. They were afraid of death. Sadly, those who took such stances, found death. They found enslavement. They found all those things that they feared by giving into the man.

But not Churchill. He courageously fought against Hitler when all others had neither the will to fight, nor the ability. He was willing to do so, whatever the cost. Yes, I know that the United States came to Britain’s aid. But had not Britain said “no” to the tyrant in the first place, the United States would have been sorely pressed to actually beat back the Nazi tide once it reached our shores. Churchill was standing in the way of Hitler’s plans. Had he given in like so many before him, the Soviet Union would have easily collapsed under the blitzkrieg. But because the U.K. gave Hitler two fronts, it weakened his ability to take over the world, and eventually led to his defeat.

Churchill was the man that stood in the way of Hitler. He was willing to fight for freedom, and was able to maintain it.

What is the shame of the United Kingdom is that as a country, they have quit teaching the story of Winston Churchill to their children. Mike’s America shows links to a story that shows those in charge of teaching their school children about Churchill, have deemed him irrelevant. What? Is our world truly mad? I know Churchill had his problems, but how can they do this given that Churchill was voted the Greatest Briton of all time in 2002? How can they do this given that they still speak the King’s English because he was willing to stand for freedom? What fools they are.

I felt the same way while I was in seminary when I realized the great value of John Calvin and his Institutes of Christian Religion. My entire four-year program had just snippet references to Calvin and his theology, yet he is one of Protestants greatest theologian. If any thing, every seminary should start with Augustine and Calvin, and then move on to the dreadful founders of their seminary, instead of the other way around.

But the point is that England should not stop educating their people about Churchill. He was to great a man.

PHOTO: Taken of Joseph on Monday morning… I thought it was an excellent Churchill impersonation.