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Memorial To Forgotten Heros

May 23, 2013 No Comments ›› Site Administrator

By: Colonel John Eidsmoe, Senior Counsel and Resident Scholar May is military month. On Memorial Day we honor those who gave their lives for our country, and during Armed Forces Week we honor all those who serve or have served. During this time I hope we will give special recognition to a group of almost-forgotten heroes who ...

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A Pirate’s Prayer for the New Year

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Choosing someone to pray for the New Year, a 16th-century pirate would not be the likely choice. But the prayer of Sir Francis Drake (c. 1540-1596) is reverent, eloquent, and inspiring. Calling Drake a pirate might be a little strong; privateer might be a better term. Drake had been commissioned by England to attack and plunder ...

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Who Needs the Star?

Dec 21, 2012 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

"Guiding Star, o may we heed thee, May we know we ever need thee, Lead us to our Savior King! Lead us to our Savior King" This 1810 Danish carol by Grundtvig, "Delig Er Den Himmel Bla," retells the Matthew account of the Star of Bethlehem that led the Magi to Bethlehem to worship the Infant King. But what was ...

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Interposition: Lutheran Pastors Under Siege!

Nov 27, 2012 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

America was built on two seemingly-opposite principles: respect for legitimate authority and resistance against tyrants. But these concepts go hand-in-hand.  A tyrant is a ruler who has exceeded his legitimate authority and has usurped the higher authority of God and His Law.  Resistance against tyrants, the American colonists, said, is obedience to God. The problem is, ...

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Are You a Pilgrim?

Nov 21, 2012 No Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Before returning from our annual Board meeting of the Plymouth Rock Foundation last weekend, I visited the Old Burial Hill and stood at the grave of Governor William Bradford (1590 - 1657), the quintessential pilgrim.  At the top of his gravestone is the Hebrew inscription "Jehovah Is My Help." In a sense, Bradford was a pilgrim ...

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