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Posted by on 12 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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This week, Diane and I had occasion to walk around the battlefield in Manassas, Virginia where the First Battle of Bull Run was fought.  It was here that Thomas Jonathan Jackson earned the nickname “Stonewall.”  The story is told, that as the Confederate lines began to crumble under heavy Union assault, Jackson's brigade provided crucial reinforcements on Henry House Hill.  The commander demonstrated the discipline he instilled in his men, refusing to retreat, and instead, standing in the face of the oncoming onslaught. Brig. Gen. Barnard Elliott Bee, Jr., exhorted his own troops to re-form by shouting, "There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer. Rally behind the Virginians.”  The rally turned the tide.  And Thomas Jackson would take his place in history as ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.

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Learning to Fly

Posted by on 30 January 2013 | 5 Comments

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In planning our sabbatical, we recognized that it would be difficult to find rest in our home, since our home church is right in our backyard.  And so we’ve headed off in search of rest, and renewal on a road trip that will have many stops along the way.  In the gaps between our destinations, we are fortunate to have a daughter and son-in-law in Worchester, Massachusetts who can provide us with a place to lay our heads between our scheduled sabbatical stops.

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