THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD

There has been a considerable amount of evidence for years that the Giants were stealing signs in the 1951 pennant race with a telescope and buzzer system in center field, including the playoff championship game against the Dodgers, when Bobby Thompson hit, “the shot heard around the world.”

Thompson always insisted that he had no foreknowledge of Ralph Branca’s pitch. Branca was privately skeptical of Thomson’s denials but made no public comment at the time.

Later Branca told The New York Times, “I didn’t want to diminish a legendary moment in baseball. And even if Bobby knew what was coming, he had to hit it…. Knowing the pitch doesn’t always help.”

Too bad that pitcher Mike Fiers, who was with the Astros in 2017, did not have the same attitude for his former teammates, which Branca had for an opposing player’s achievements.

Bobby Thompson and Ralph Branca became fast friends after they retired from baseball. I doubt that Fiers will ever have any good friends among the Astors or other players for that matter. He never should have gone to the press in his whistleblowing vendetta. If he was so concerned, why did he not go to the Commissioner at the time? I doubt if this guy will be around baseball much longer.

Branca rightly put the game first, not his own personal loss. Too bad the Commissioner of baseball and the teams who lost to the Dodgers could not have the same priorities, which were still virtually common place at the mid-20th Century.

TRUMP IS BEOWULF FIGHTING AGAINST GRENDEL

“Beowulf” is a heroic epic poem written by an unknown author in Old English, around 1000 AD. It is one of the seminal works of English literature. It tells the story of the hero, Beowulf, and his battles against the monster Grendel and Grendel’s mother.

The poem begins with a history of the Danish kings, starting with Shild and leading up to the reign of the current king Hrothgar, Shild’s great-grandson. Hrothgar is well loved and a great warrior. He builds a lavish hall, called Herot, to house his vast army, and when the hall is finished the Danish soldiers gather under its roof to celebrate.

However, provoked by the singing and partying of Hrothgar’s followers, Grendel, a monster in human form who lives at the bottom of a nearby swamp, appears at the hall late one night and kills thirty of the warriors in their sleep. For the next twelve years the fear of Grendel‘s potential fury casts a shadow over the lives of the Danes.

Beowulf, prince of the Geats, hears about Hrothgar’s troubles, and gathers fourteen of his bravest warriors, and sets sail from his home in southern Sweden. The Geats are greeted by the members of Hrothgar’s court, and Beowulf boasts to the king of his previous successes as a warrior, particularly his victories in fighting sea monsters. Hrothgar welcomes the arrival of the Geats, hoping that Beowulf will live up to his reputation.

That night, Grendel appears at Herot, and Beowulf, true to his word, wrestles the monster bare-handed. He tears off the monster’s arm at the shoulder, but Grendel escapes, only to die soon afterward at the bottom of the snake-infested swamp where he and his mother live.

The Danish warriors, who had fled the hall in fear, return singing songs in praise of Beowulf‘s triumph and performing heroic stories in Beowulf‘s honor. Hrothgar rewards Beowulf with a great store of treasures and, after another banquet, the warriors of both the Geats and the Danes retire for the night.

Unknown to the warriors, however, Grendel‘s mother is plotting revenge for her son’s death. She arrives at the hall when all the warriors are sleeping and carries off Esher, Hrothgar’s chief adviser.

Beowulf, rising to the occasion, offers to dive to the bottom of the lake, find the monster’s dwelling place, and destroy her. He and his men follow the monster’s tracks to the cliff overlooking the lake where Grendel‘s mother lives, where they see Esher’s bloody head floating on the surface of the lake.

During the ensuing battle, Grendel‘s mother carries Beowulf down to her underwater home, but Beowulf finally kills the monster with a magical sword that he finds on the wall of her home. He also finds Grendel‘s dead body, cuts off his head, and returns to dry land. The Great and Danish warriors, waiting expectantly, celebrate as Beowulf has now purged Denmark of the race of evil monsters, who were descendants of the Biblical Cain.

Beowulf”is part of the tradition of epic poetry which functions as a kind of history, blending past, present, and future in a unique,all-encompassing way. It is not just a simple tale about a man who kills monsters, but rather a large-scale vision and recapitulation of the history of mankind.

There have always been monsters for heroic, good and brave men to fight. Today the battle is President Trump against the monsters in deep state (the swamp} represented by the likes of Brennen, Comey, Clapper, the Democrat party and the fake media. Their father, Obama and their mother, Hillary, are waiting to get revenge against The Donald for mortally wounding the monsters in the 2016 election and the Trump promise keeping presidency.

Grendel is the deep state or swamp which Trump (Beowulf) is draining. The always plotting Democrats won’t let go of Russian collusion. Therefore, Trump bear-handed will tear off Grendel’s tenacious arm at the shoulder and slay Grendel’s mother with the magical Sword of the Spirit.

Watch! The best is yet to come.

See you Later, Jack

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Jack Van Impe; he was a prominent figure on Christian TV for decades with his wife Rexella. Those two could put on quite a dramatic show.

Personally, I don’t agree with Van Impe’s premillennial, pretribulation eschatological views; nor was I particularly impressed with his manner of quoting and applying the Bible to current events published in the press. But I admired his memorization of the Bible and the fact that their was no scandal concerning his ministry and he was faithful to Rexella.

Hal Linsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth” was published and a best seller about the time I was converted in 1972. Many were reached and converted by this book, which I suppose appealed primarily to men’s fears. I think the Linsey and Van Impe had similar views of the “end times.”

Their ministries demonstrate to me that one doesn’t have to have everything right doctrinally and theologically to reach souls. Van Impe and Linsey were consistent in their overall understanding of prophesy, As for detailed application of the Scriptures to current events, maybe not so much.

It takes all kinds to reach the lost.

THE FACE WITH A NAME

Houston is known as the world capital of space exploration, of the international energy industry, and of petroleum exploration.

Houston is the only major American city that doesn’t have land-use zoning laws. That means anything can be built anywhere, taxidermy shops next to Italian restaurants next to hospitals next to gun shops or next to schools.

The song “Going Back to Houston” with the memorable lyrics: “Well it’s lonesome in this old town/ Everybody is putting me down/ I’m a face without a name/ Just walking in the rain,” was made famous by Dean Martin.

The city is named for Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas. He was nick-named “the Raven” by the Cherokee tribe with whom he lived for three years and went on to become governor of Tennessee, president of Texas (twice), member of the Texas House of Representatives, U.S. senator from the state of Texas and governor of Texas. Sam Houston is bigger than life in Texas.

Houston’s best known and most influential citizen today is a preacher, Pastor Joel Osteen. Today his name is more associated with Houston than even the late President George H.W. Bush, who resided in the city. Joel Osteen, though small in stature, has become larger than life in character and power with God and men.

Joel has the ear of Houston city officials and prominent businessmen and other notable citizens more than anyone else. He is friends with President Trump. I like that a Christian minister is placed in such a position of supremacy.

Is there anywhere else other than Houston that a man could have a vision for turning a basketball arena into the largest church in the world which seats 16,700 people and over 50,000 come through the church each week?

Houston is under the Big Sky of Texas and few, if any pastors, have ever had such large implemented vision as Joel Osteen. Joel is a man that puts his faith into action, as he teaches other to do by living up to their full potential by trusting in Jesus.

Back in the 80’s the governor of Oklahoma said, “Wherever I go; wherever I travel and meat dignitaries, the first thing everyone always asks me is, “’What about Oral Roberts.’” Brother Roberts was a man with a vision, who had the “Minas Touch.”

Joel is the son, who extended and excelled his father’s vision. Yesterday, when Joel mentioned this in his sermon; he was brought to tears.

Like him or not, Joel Osteen has largely become the face of Christendom to our generation over the last score of years. I say, Christendom, because of Joel’s world-wide impact through the media and his best-selling books.

Come to Lakewood Church and meet, Pastor Joel, the face with a name in Houston. He gives everyone the opportunity to meet him in his reception line. You have a friend in Houston. You need not be lonesome there are thousands who will love you. Come and let the latter rain of the Holy Spirit fall on you.

Play Ball

Pressure is being put upon the Astros players to apologize for “cheating.” The owner of the Astros is evidently promoting this apology thing. I can’t imagine that Astros fans care.

The White Sox signed an ex 1967 Astro pitcher this winter; he is the first one to apologize. Makes me wonder how much of a competitor he is. If the players apologize, I suppose many of them will do so with their fingers crossed behind their back.

MLB should have let the fans decide from the beginning on how serious this “cheating” was to the integrity of the game by allowing fans to cast their vote by buying tickets or not.

Unfortunately, the media fans the flames of this sort of thing. I strongly suspect that virtually all or at least most of the teams have some sort of electronic system of sign stealing, that they have used in recent years.

No one I have been reading has picked up on is the obligation of the other team to watch for sign stealing and constantly be changing signs. Likely, more successful teams with smart coaches and managers are doing this, thus neutralizing the sign stealing or even making it counterproductive.

The “scandal” might end up doing the Astros good; now they have more to prove, that they can win W.S. without using the electronic devices.

What is the answer?

In April we will hear the magical words: “PLAY BALL!” After the game, let the media report on the performance of the individual players and the teams.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FELLOW HOOSIERS

On the 11th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen Indiana became the 16th State of our Union.

The Preamble Indiana Constitution of 1816:

“We the Representatives of the people of the Territory of Indiana, in Convention met, at Corydon, on Monday the tenth day of June in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States, the fortieth, having the right of admission into the General Government, as a member of the union, consistent with the constitution of the United States, the ordinance of Congress of one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven, and the law of Congress, entitle “An act to enable the people of the Indiana Territory to form a Constitution and State Government, and for the admission of such state into the union, on an equal footing with the original States” in order to establish Justice, promote the welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity; do ordain and establish the following constitution or form of Government, and do mutually agree with each other to form ourselves into a free and Independent state, by the name of the State of Indiana.

The preamble to the current constitution (1851 version is even clearer in its reference to Almighty God, demonstrating the Christian roots of our nation state:

“TO THE END, that justice be established, public order maintained, and liberty perpetuated; WE, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to ALMIGHTY GOD for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government, do ordain this Constitution.”

I WAS WRONG

Sister Pat and I went to see, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which is an uplifting character sketch of Mr. Fred Rogers. The show is based about a feature article published by Esquire magazine, when Mr. Rogers was still alive and on the air. He died at 74 years old of stomach cancer.

The theme of the film deals with the necessity of readiness to forgive and reveals how to deal with anger and other bad “feelings.”

I must confess that if this film is an accurate portrayal of Mr. Rogers, I was wrong about the man. I always considered him too nice and overly gentle and not masculine enough, even though I never watched an episode. Many times, I saw the opening scene of Mr. Rogers coming through the door and changing into his cardigan sweater and sneakers. Then I would turn off the program.

This is a “feel good” show but much more. Fred Rogers had the ability to deal with the issues and crises of life in a simple, yet profound and practical manner by showing us how to overcome bad feelings and not letting such feelings ruin our lives or the lives of others.

Don’t miss this movie. It is a good one to see with your family, no bad language and no sex. Finally, who could ever find fault in the acting of Tom Hanks? Hollywood, when it wants to, can do some really good things. This film is among the best of such genre.

STOLEN BANNER RECOVERED

Three weeks ago I had my banner stolen at Georgia College. Recently, I received an email from Reid who had recovered my banner and mailed it unto me postage pd., enclosed was a check for $250. Below is a email I received today from Reid in response to my thank you note:

“Bro. Jed,

I am glad the package found you safely. Yes, you are correct; it was at GC that I first became acquainted with your ministry. I first heard you preach in 2014 as a freshman there and to be quite honest, I wasn’t really sure what to make of it at the time. I was raised by wonderful parents in a Christian household, but had never encountered anything quite like when you came to campus. Nevertheless, it made quite an impact and stuck with me. In the years since, I have grown in my faith and relationship with God and have come to understand and appreciate what you do.

As for the banner, I am sorry that I was unable to recover the poles as well; the banner itself was all that I was made aware of. My brother is currently a senior at Georgia College and although I graduated in 2018, I go back from time to time to visit him. While visiting one weekend, I heard one of his friends mention that her roommate had taken a sign from you. Not only had they taken the sign, but the roommate was displaying it as some kind of sick trophy in their living room. The friend was upset by this, but lacked the courage to stand up to her roommate. I told my brother’s friend that I was a “friend of Jed’s” and that I would gladly return it if she could get it for me. With my brother’s encouragement, she went and retrieved the sign. She told me that she felt much better because the sign was going to its rightful owner.

Feel free to share the story (testimony, really!) in any form with anyone you see fit. I know it was God’s doing from start to finish, and I am thankful that He allowed me to be a part of it.

Reid”

Echo (Conway) and Narcissus (Trump)

President Trump is constantly accused by his political and media opponents of being a narcissist. George Conway, husband of Trump’s close counsellor, Kellyanne, has added to the echo of Democrats, Never Trumpers and the fake media by accusing Trump of having the personality disorder of narcissism, which has become a psychological construct of the Greek myth of Narcissus.

Narcissism was coined as a mental disorder in the early 20th Century. Often forgotten in the Greek myth of Narcissus is his frustrated lover, Echo.

Echo was a nymph. Zeus lusted for nymphs and often rendezvoused with them. Hera, his jealous wife, followed him trying to catch him in the act. However, Echo, would distract Hera with long-winded conversations, giving time to Zeus to evade her. Hera realized the ploy of Echo and she cursed her to only be able to repeat the last words that another person just said.

After being cursed, Echo came across a handsome young man named Narcissus, but was unable to talk to him because of the curse. She simply followed him in the woods. Narcissus, having been separated from his hunting companions, started shouting “Is anyone there?” Echo, given the opportunity, repeated the words. He yelled again “Let’s come together” to which Echo rushed onto him repeating his words. However, Narcissus rejected Echo, and she was left in despair.

Narcissus came across a lake and there, he fell in love with his own image, causing his death, unable to move he eventually turned into a flower. Echo mourned for him and finally died away herself, leaving only her voice behind.

Donald J. Trump is not like the mythological character. Trump is a mover and maker and a shaker.

George Conway is nothing but a failed wind-bag, whose notoriety is based primarily on his wife, Kellyanne, without her, he would have no platform. George wanted a position in the Trump administration and when he did not get it, he turned against Trump. George Conway would be a man of no consequence without Trump as his foil. Weak men need foils.

The Democrats, the Never Trumpers and the phony media are constantly echoing one another in their mythical narrative concerning Trump’s actions and mental condition. Trump is no echo of the mainstream of the Republican Party represented by the Bushes. Trump is a creative conservative. Barry Goldwater presidential campaign slogan in 1964 against LBJ was, “A Choice, Not An Echo.” Choose TRUMP IN 2020!

The psychologists and psychiatrists in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel of Mental Disorders (DSM) keep adding disorders with the passage of times. Yet they never tell us what orderly mental health looks like. We should look to Jesus in that he was the most mentally fit man who ever walked the earth.

In the OT we have strong personalities to whom I have compared President Trump, like Samson, David, Solomon and Cyrus. Let’s look to great men and women of history for guidance of good mental health instead of mythical characters and psychological constructs of sick minds usually made ill as a result of bad choices.

Jesus was perfect; the other Biblical characters I have mentioned had their faults and sins, which corrupt the mind depending on the depth of the sin. We all need and may acquire the mind of Christ through faith in Jesus.

I suspect that George Conway is envious of Trump’s strong and confident personality and his great success in life and now in politics even though he is a novice in the political arena. Trump may think more like Christ than any president other than the Father of our Country, George Washington.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

The Psalms of Ascent that Kanye West’s Choir sang Sunday night at the Temple Joel Osteen built in Houston are comparable to Psalms 120-34, which are otherwise known as the Songs of Degrees.

There were 15 steps ascending to Solomon’s Temple. The Levite singers paused at each step to sing a Psalm as they were preparing to minister at the Temple. Others say these psalms were sung by pilgrims as the ascended road to Jerusalem for Jewish festivals.

The Kayne West Choir took the congregation higher and higher, until it reached the top with an altar call for salvation to which thousands had the opportunity to respond to Jesus’ sacrifice. Thus marking the beginning of their ascent into Heaven.

Tonight, manifested a new level of super Holy Ghost energized gospel music, which will set an innovative standard in contemporary worship. West’s singers surpassed the Maranatha or Hillsong Singers.

There was no doubt that the choir was singing to the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Jesus’ name was exalted as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and the Savior of mankind.
The video of tonight’s service has already gone around the world and will no doubt be used of God to extend saving grace to countless multitudes.

There were only a few songs with which I was familiar. I had difficulty catching the words; so, I will have to review the concert. Sister Cindy was able to tell me some of the words that were being sung; however, she was distracted from the service by a few phone calls.

I had little idea of what to expect except that I had confidence that Joel would not have any music in his church would not glorify God. My expectations were surpassed.

Remember, I am a traditionalist, who doesn’t relate that well to contemporary worship; however, West’s choir is rooted in traditional black choir spirituals with the Pentecostal flare.

The Holy Ghost flames roared at Lakewood tonight and will spread throughout Houston, Texas, the United States and the world. Kanye’s testimony is going to spark a not only a spiritual revival but a political awakening in the black community as they will leave the party of demons in mass.

A toughing moment occurred when Kayne’s daughter stood beside him singing as he was playing the piano. In Kayne West, we definitely have a new creature in Christ.