Statue of Paul Revere in Boston’s North End
If you have read this website for long, you know that I am from the Boston area and love to go back there each year to re-explore my Christian American heritage. My first church used to meet a block away from the Old North Church and the Paul Revere Statue. In fact, our next video will be called: Puritan Storm Rising! It will be a primer on how Reformed Theology shaped the politics and culture of our civilization.
I was surprised to hear how much the liberal press mocked Sarah Palin’s comment on Paul Revere warning the British (instead of warning Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them). Her remark may have been based in part on the fact that when he was captured, Revere warned the Redcoats that hundreds of Patriots would be showing up at any minute.
Remember the Minutemen?
She may have garbled that idea as she spoke off the cuff, but how many people know that? The only people who know things like that these days are those who study America’s Christian Heritage and professional historians.
She also related the “ride” to the Second Amendment, which sounded kind of clumsy because she threw in a few mixed metaphors. Paul Revere didn’t literally ring any bells or fire any shots. But in fact, his job as a bell ringer at Christ Church (the Old North Church) gave him access to the bell tower from where he hung two lanterns warning that the British were coming by sea. She knew Paul Revere was a “bell ringer.”
Did you know that?
Another important principle is there. The British were coming to arrest Adams and Hancock and to seize ammunition and gun powder. This is what sparked the war. Revere didn’t ride to warn the colonists that a war was coming. He was trying to warn the colonists about impending gun control.
It’s interesting that Sarah turned it around to be a declaration to the British that they were not going to do that. She was not literally accurate, but it’s not hard to see she was turning it around for a purpose.
And they mock her for doing that!
I thought it was a clever turn. It has everyone talking about Paul Revere and what his ride was really all about. Some in the lamestream media have even stupidly mentioned we didn’t have the Second Amendment yet. I read that again today in the Christian Science Monitor. Of course the Constitution wasn’t written yet, but Americans had the right to bear arms under English Bill of Rights of 1688.
Americans had the right to bear arms. The British tried to take this right away. And that is one reason why our War for Independence was fought. So kudos to Sarah for making Paul Revere’s Ride into a Second Amendment issue.
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That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!
Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.
Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.
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Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.
All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.
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“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Welcome to the Second American Revolution!
This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
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“Here I stand … I can do no other!”
With these immortal words, an unknown German monk sparked a spiritual revolution that changed the world.
The dramatic classic film of Martin Luther’s life was released in theaters worldwide in the 1950s and was nominated for two Oscars. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reform efforts, this film traces Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.
Running time: 105 minutes
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Just what is Calvinism?
Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists embrace the teaching of predestination and election and deny free will theology?
This is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. Hosted by Eric Holmberg, this fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.
Running Time: 257 minutes
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