Hugh’s News & Views (A Small Slice…)


(The following was posted on my Facebook page of February 11, 2021. I thought it might be of interest to a wider audience, the recipients of these weekly “News & Views.”)

I recently completed a long but enjoyable reading of Joy Hakim’s book, “Freedom: A History of US” (note that is US, not U. S.). The book was published by Oxford University Press in 2003 and was a good read of American history. For some time I had been wanting a refresher course on the history of our country. This book was in our local library and I found it quite fascinating. While I think the author sometimes reflected a bias (as I suspect all writers do), overall I think it was an excellent work. The book is 400 pages long, with the last pages being devoted to a publication of “The Declaration of Independence,” four of the articles attached to the Constitution, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, followed by six other amendments to the Constitution. The book is almost “coffee table” size and is rather heavy and somewhat cumbersome to physically hold for enjoyable reading. However, the contents make it well worth the read. It has many pictures and other graphics accompanied by explanatory statements. I read every one of the notes. Following is a series of excerpts that may help us to better understand some of our present day circumstances. They begin with the turbulent 1960s and bring us forward. All history is valuable and often repeats itself. We need to learn from it. Continue reading

#history, #hughfulford

Hugh’s News & Views (Humble Beginnings)


In the Millennial Harbinger of January 1842 (Volume VI, Number I), Alexander Campbell, one of the leading voices in pleading for a restoration of original New Testament Christianity, looked back to the earliest days of the movement and gave a recap of a sermon he preached “under an oak” some eight miles from Bethany, Virginia (now West Virginia) in June of 1811 when he was 22 years old. Below are excerpts from the article by Campbell in which he gives the background to his sermon titled “Humble Beginnings.” Following that are excerpts from the sermon itself in which Campbell set forth some of the principles upon which he and others were launching out in the establishment of an independent congregation based on the New Testament alone. This was before any of the group had come to be immersed. (“We were all then Pedobaptists,” Campbell acknowledges, meaning they had been sprinkled as infants or very young children), thus indicating the infancy of the movement. Excerpts are in Campbell’s own words (as well as his spelling and punctuation), not the words of some Restoration Movement historian giving his spin, twist, or “interpretation” of what Campbell wrote and said about the event. Continue reading

#history, #hughfulford, #restoration-movement


5-17-2017 Humbling History

“And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph” (Exodus 1:4-8 NKJV). The “new king over Egypt” must have been taught Egypt’s history without having to admit that Joseph, and his God, had absolutely saved Egypt from complete starvation! How can something so meaningful be omitted from their history books? Life’s lessons may be painful to remember, but they are humbling. “By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life” (Proverbs 22:4 NKJV). Without the humility of history, the pride of the present creates cruel tyrants and dictators. “A proud and haughty man -‘Scoffer’ is his name; He acts with arrogant pride” (Proverbs 21:24 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#history, #humility


7-10-2015 Re-Enactment or Remembrance?

The Apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit, preached to the Jews in Jerusalem that “Jesus of Nazareth” had been: “delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it” (Acts 2:22-24 NKJV). We can read, study, and learn the lessons of the cross of Jesus Christ. No re-enactment can adequately portray it. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26 NKJV). But no one should hate the Romans for doing it! Love Jesus for the memory. History is not to promote hate, but to learn.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#crucified, #hate, #history, #jesus-of-nazareth, #lessons, #love, #re-enactment


5-25-2015 Pentecost Re-enactment?

The 12 Apostles were gathered together on the Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection. “Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4 NKJV). According to the Bible, this Pentecost experience has never been repeated. What Peter saw at Cornelius’ house was the only thing like what had come on the 12 Apostles “at the beginning” (Acts 11:15). Gathering in Jerusalem today on a Pentecost to try to share in the same experience would be as useless as returning to a battlefield on Memorial Day, expecting to fight the past battle! What has passed in history cannot be repeated, nor should we expect it to be!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#history, #memorial-day, #pentecost

He keeps a detailed record, makes history

notesIn his column today, my good friend Mike Brooks writes in “History” that he keeps a detailed record of his movements in Nepal and Bangladesh.

Anybody else do this? I’ve been hit and miss on doing something similar, but then I’m here all the time.

Still, I could have done a better job. After all, nobody’s going to write my biography, so my records are going to be it. And when I’m in my retirement rocker, I may want to recall what happened.

In this article, Mike has a great application of this habit in spiritual terms.

I’ve known Mike since around 1980. Good brother. Ask God’s blessing on his work and family. And do read the article.

#eternity, #history


(#161) The Proverbs of Solomon 22:28-The Sin Of Revisionist History

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 22:28: “Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set.”

There is a good reason God lets older people come before younger ones: to pass along wisdom learned from experiences! The lesson from history is that we should learn from history! The term “landmark” refers to memorials, surveyor marks, or boundaries that define territory that has been established for a reason. Since the flood in Noah’s day, God has established “the boundary” for water, so that a world-wide flood will never occur again (Psalm 104:6-9). When God sent the Israelites into their Promised Land, He specified its boundaries (Numbers 34:1-15). Moses’ Law, therefore included the command to respect their “neighbor’s landmark” (Deuteronomy 19:14; 27:17), also called “the ancient landmark” (Proverbs 23:10-11). God’s wrath was upon those who disregarded those landmarks (Hosea 5:10), and His appeal was for them to “set up signposts, make landmarks” (Jeremiah 31:21). People who tear down or disregard landmarks are destined to be confused and lost.

There is a concerted effort to tear down history’s lessons and highlights in textbooks, and teach children to disregard where they have come from. It is an alienated and foreign nation that does not respect its roots. In the United States of America, the “ancient landmark” which our “fathers have set” is the Declaration of Independence and Constitution with its Bill of Rights. Tear this down and all the good governing of the past is for nothing. Historical signposts and landmarks tell a people where they have been and where they could go.

The history of the churches of Christ is told in the New Testament and can be traced throughout the centuries until now. All those who disregard the beginning history are confused and lost. “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin” (Romans 6:3-6).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #boundaries, #history, #landmarks, #practical-lessons, #proverbs

Are We Weighted Down?

The army of Alexander the Great was advancing on Persia. At one critical point, it appeared that his troops might be defeated. The soldiers had taken so much plunder from their previous campaigns that they had become weighted down and were losing their effective-ness in combat. Alexander immediately commanded that all the spoils be thrown into a heap and burned.

The Hebrews writer admonished, “Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience [endurance; steadfastness; perseverance] the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). The race before us is the Christian life. How often do we, like the “foolish Galatians,” allow things of this world to hinder us from our enduring faithfulness to God? If we are not careful we will allow such things as work, recreation, education, retirement plans, hobbies, and even our families weight us down and impede our growth and pursuit of the prize of the high calling of God (Philippians 3:4).

As Alexander commanded his armies, we must not simply store in another place those things that hinder us from our fighting the good fight, but we must cast them aside and completely remove them from our lives— regardless how precious they may seem! Consider the results for the armies of Greece: “Alexander’s men complained bitterly but soon came to see the wisdom of the order. Someone wrote, ‘It was as if wings had been given to them—they walked lightly again.’ Victory was assured.” Remember, “No man can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24).

#bible-applications, #faithfulness, #history, #spiritual-analogies, #spiritual-distractions, #spiritual-race, #spiritual-renewal

Biblical History and Archaeology


There are some sites that I want to let you know about. Since I have an interest in ancient history, I find these sites exciting. I just need to find the time to read these articles.

The sites are:

Bible History Daily

Biblical Archaeology

Ancient History Encyclopedia

The more we learn about the ancient world, the better we will understand the world of the Bible. Here are some articles to be found at these sites:

Continue reading

#archaeology, #greece, #history, #rome

Remembering Memorial Day

How can you forget a day of remembering? It happens a lot easier than what some may think…and there are some strong spiritual applications in that point, but regardless, this morning I’m particularly thinking of the American holiday that goes by the name “Memorial Day.” It’s the day when a large part of America goes on a camping trip or cooks out on the grill or takes advantage of a sale; you know, the stuff you’re not supposed to forget to do on Memorial Day, right?

Now I’m probably going to eat some food that’s been cooked on the grill today, so I’m not saying that the things mentioned above are wrong per say (cause my, how hypocritical that would be of me!). The point of what I am saying is that America, at least the larger part, has forgotten what we’re supposed to remember. Today I’m going to look at the American flag with different eyes. For a moment I’m going to try to see the men and women who no longer have the chance to see the flag fly because of their service. I’m going to try to remember that many of America’s blessings have come through the curses that they bore. Is this too much to ask on a day that I get off from work?

The ole’ Huff Post is a news website that I read from time to time. I don’t necessarily read it because it’s a good site, I mostly read it because of the unique stories that you can find there; but today I must give them their credit for a story worth watching. I encourage everyone to watch this recorded interview, but I caution you that the video shows the cost of war. It’s not full of blood of guts – for then it would be a Hollywood movie. Instead it shows the pain and horror that POW’s must endure. The video itself revolves around the story of one solider in particular, named Joe Delmar (I guess that’s the correct spelling – Huff Post has it spelled two different ways), who was dubbed “The Human Skeleton.” The man survived, so in many ways his cause is meant to reflect upon those who didn’t survive, but regardless, if you watch this video and you see what he lived through, I promise you’ll look differently at your hamburger today.

#appreciation, #culture, #history, #holidays, #interviews, #memorial-day, #national, #news, #prisoner-of-war, #the-human-skeleton, #video


Psalm 146 What Has God Done For Me, Lately?

These last 5 Psalms are called “Hallelujah Psalms” because they begin and end with that expression: “Praise – Jehovah,” or “Hallelujah.” The author, date, and setting of each Psalm is undetermined, but their acceptance is unquestioned.

Verses 1-4 urge when God should be praised;

Verses 5-10 explain why God should be praised.

Verses 1-4: Praise should be given to God “while I live.” Duh! This is a statement of the obvious. The Word of God nowhere encourages anyone to not praise God until after death. Trust should not be transferred from God to “princes” (government leaders) or “a son of man” (humans in general), for deliverance. The middle verse of the entire Word of God says this: “It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8). Humans die when the spirit goes back to God and the body is left on earth (Ecclesiastes 12:7), so that “in that very day his plans perish.”

Verses 5-10: “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, because He:

1. Is The God over History (verse 5), Jacob’s name was changed to “Israel” (Genesis 32:24-30), and God watched over those people (Isaiah 48) through the coming of Jesus Christ in the New Testament (Galatians 3:5-29);

2. Is The God over Creation (verse 6), which shows absolute, total wisdom in its very existence and orderliness (Proverbs 8:12, 22-31). All scientific factual discoveries, whether in Physics, Biology, or Chemistry are simply the uncovering of God’s Wisdom behind this World’s constitution;

3. Is The God over Justice (verse 7), evening the suppression or oppression of the hungry and imprisoned (Luke 4:16-41);

4. Is The God over Perfecting the Needy (verse 8), with physical healing through Jesus Christ (Matthew 15:30; Luke 13:11-13), then spiritually through His Word (Acts 26:12-19). God loves the righteous, those who do His will (1 Peter 3:8-12);

5. Is The God over Benevolence (verse 9), for He has always made rules for His people to help strangers, orphans, and widows (Exodus 22:21; Hebrews 13:2; Psalm 68:4-5; James 1:27);

6. Is The God over Eternity (verse 10, a quotation of Exodus 15:18), Who is timeless (Isaiah 57:15; Acts 15:18).  

“Praise the LORD.”   

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version,  unless otherwise noted.

#benevolence, #bible-study, #book-of-psalms, #creation, #daily-bible-reading, #eternity, #faith, #god, #history, #justice, #needy, #obedience, #salvation, #wisdom

The most important event of the past 1000 years

Life magazine published a book listing the most important events of the last 1000 years. Some of the events you might expect to be there, like #2, Columbus’s voyage to the New World in 1492. Some events you’re glad are there, like #93, the invention of painless surgery. Some events you might be surprised to find, like #82, the invention of Coke in 1886.

But the #1 most important event of the last millennium, according to Life? The printing of the Bible on Gutenberg’s printing press in 1455! This led to the Bible (and other books) being distributed to the public at large for the first time, which helped bring about the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the United States of America—to name a few things.

Life got it right. The Bible has been the key to the advance of civilization. It is also the key to our personal spiritual advancement.

Reference: The Life Millennium: The 100 Most Important Events & People of the Past 1,000 Years (Life Books, 1998)

Psalms 119:4-6 – You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently.Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments.

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

#bible, #history, #world

You know you love history when…


Yeah, that would be me!

What happened? 

The loss of the ancient world’s single greatest archive of knowledge, the Library of Alexandria, has been lamented for ages. But how and why it was lost is still a mystery. The mystery exists not for lack of suspects but from an excess of them.

Alexandria was founded in Egypt by Alexander the Great. His successor as Pharaoh, Ptolomy II Soter, founded the Museum or Royal Library of Alexandria in 283 BC. The Museum was a shrine of the Muses modeled after the Lyceum of Aristotle in Athens. The Museum was a place of study which included lecture areas, gardens, a zoo, and shrines for each of the nine muses as well as the Library itself. It has been estimated that at one time the Library of Alexandria held over half a million documents from Assyria, Greece, Persia, Egypt, India and many other nations. Over 100 scholars lived at the Museum full time to perform research, write, lecture or translate and copy documents. The library was so large it actually had another branch or “daughter” library at the Temple of Serapis.

What a tragedy that was. The destruction of that library did inestimable damage to the pool of knowledge which we possess about the ancient world. Undoubtedly, we would  have a lot more knowledge about Bible times and manuscripts that would flesh out current knowledge.

I saw the photo above on Pinterest and had to share. For someone who passionately loves history, books and libraries it is one of the greatest tragedies in recorded history.

#alexandria, #ancient-history, #books, #egypt, #history, #libraries

Blessings In Using The KJV

For me, the one main blessing in using the King James Version through the years, has been the ease of memorization. Because of it using the King’s English (the Thee’s, Thou’s, verily, peradventure, etc.), it makes for easy memorization:

Another blessing is the great reverence toward God that the KJV text presents. It’s beauty of reverential expression is unequaled:

Here is a history of the KJV:

#blessing, #english, #express, #history, #memorize, #peradventure, #present, #reverence, #unequal, #verily, #year

Alister McGarth, Christianity’s Dangero…

Alister McGarth, Christianity’s Dangerous Idea! It is a historical analysis of the consequences of the reformation/restoration principle of the right of every individual to study, interpret and apply the scripture. Not only is it excellent history but it clarifies the process through which this history has progressed/regressed.

#book, #history, #reformation