The Death of a Great American: Henry Hyde (1924-2007)

Henry Hyde (1924-2007) was my congressman. Yes, he was a national figure to many. Indeed, I believe he was one of the most influential figures in recent American political history. But to me he will always be “my congressman.” He not only represented my district in congress, and received my vote with deep pride every two years, but he was … Read More

The Danger of Political Correctness Cuts Both Ways

Radio and TV talk show host Glenn Beck’s new book, An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World’s Biggest Problems (Simon & Schuster) has soared to the number one spot on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list—despite the fact that it has been totally ignored by the mainstream press. Beck, now rated as the number three most-listened-to radio … Read More

Opinions on the College Football Season

Well, we have another new No. 1 team this week—Missouri. I have been saying for weeks that Kansas would lose a game so I guess I am not a total dunce when it comes to predictions. LSU losing to Arkansas was a surprise, but not completely. And go figure, Tennessee will play in the SEC Championship game and Alabama beat … Read More

Did Jeanette Sliwinski Get Justice?

Some court cases strike me as particularly intriguing. Not because they make Court TV, though they might for all I know, but because they involve complex factors in decision making and punishment. One such case in Illinois involved the sentencing of Jeanette Sliwinski yesterday to eight years in prison. Jeanette’s crime was fairly straightforward. She, now 25 years old, got … Read More

Thanks for Your Prayer Support

This week, to say the least, has been an incredible one for me personally. It began on Monday with the passing of my mom at 12:05 p.m. I then flew back to Chicago on Tuesday and celebrated Thanksgiving with Anita’s family. We then began the drive back to Huntsvile on Thanksgiving afternoon. We decided to break up the trip to … Read More

Roman Catholic and Evangelical Forum Now Available on DVD and MP3

The ACT 3 Roman Catholic and Evangelical Forum, held on September 16, and written about extensively in nine previous posts on this site, is now available in DVD and MP3 format. It is very nicely produced and of highest quality. Information is available at ACT 3 Online. Many who have seen it have already sent comments and expressed appreciation. There … Read More

Crazy for God

Crazy for God (Carroll & Graf Publishers: New York, 2007), by Frank Schaeffer, is a brand-new memoir written by the son of the famous evangelical writer and evangelist, Dr. Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984). I first heard of the famous Francis Schaeffer, who was already a sensation on the Wheaton College campus in the late 1960s, when I arrived in January of … Read More

A Christian Service of Worship and Thanksgiving

Here is the memorial service that we have planned for this Sunday in Huntsville. I would ask you to pray for me as I preach twice in the morning at Southwood Presbyterian Church, from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 on giving thanks in all circumstances, and then do my mom’s funeral service at 2 p.m. using Hebrews 12:28-29 as my text. Amazingly, … Read More

Vera Marie (Freeman) Amstrong, RIP

I wrote an obituary for my mother to run in the Friday newspaper in Huntsville, Alabama. Here is the simple story of her long life. At $1.00 per word you have to be brief, unless you are wealthy and vain, so this is the best I could do in a short few sentences totals less than 300 words. Vera Marie … Read More

Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord

I will try to write a longer reflection tomorrow when I am back in Chicago but I wanted friends to know that my dear mother passed into the presence of her Lord this day at 12:05 p.m. I was there, saw her take her last breath, and rejoiced in her seeing the King of Glory. She took two deep breaths, … Read More