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What's Going On?!

Posted by on 30 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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If Good Friday brings with it a sense of darkness and defeat, the day that follows can only be a day where that sense is amplified.  After being awake through much of the night that precedes Jesus’ crucifixion, the apostles have watched in horror as the teacher suffers the death of a criminal.  The sun has set.  And at some point fitful sleep comes.

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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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