Seine River Cruise Travel Journal—Day 6

Chateau Gaillard
Chateau Gaillard

I have been looking forward to today because this was our Richard the Lionheart day.

After breakfast, The Wife and I went up on the deck to read and take in the scenery as we traveled up the Seine toward Les Andelys.

One of the unique joys of a river cruise is sitting on the deck of the ship with a glass of wine watching the towns, castles, fields and people move by at a gentle pace.

Les Andelys is a area along the northern bank of the Seine about 25 miles from Rouen. Richard the Lionheart built the castle there—Chateau Gaillard—in 1198, and at the same time constructed the town (Petit Andely) and church.

Interestingly, this is one of the few churches we’ve seen in France not named after Mary. This one is named the Church of our Savior—well done, Richard.

Richard is a fascinating character. He was a descendent of William the Conqueror. He was a crusader and great military strategist, who struck fear in one of Islam’s greatest leaders, Saladin, and restored the hopes of Christendom following the devastating defeat at the Battle of Hattin in 1187. He was also a great leader, who inspired confidence in the men under his charge. He is a great study in leadership. Continue reading “Seine River Cruise Travel Journal—Day 6”

Seine River Cruise Travel Journal—Day 1

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My view on the plane

Day 1 of a travel journal blog is always a travel day. Today was no different.

There was a little excitement though. My  83 year-old mother-in-law crashed the security gate at the airport in Houston.

By crashed I mean she walked through the scanner and through the plastic gate the TSA agent had placed there to keep people back.

She said it was an accident, but I think she had secretly read the GSB blog about America’s security measures in response to terrorism and was engaging in a act of civil disobedience.

By the soveriengty and favor of God The Wife and I were “randomly” selected for pre-clearance and did not have to go through the porno-screener or strip before government representatives to prove we didn’t intend to blow-up the plane. Of course they could have just asked us if we loved Jesus and avoided the whole charade. Continue reading “Seine River Cruise Travel Journal—Day 1”

A Thought On Trendy Morality

TrendsA week ago Friday, I wrenched my neck rolling over in bed.

I know, its pathetic, but I’m told these things happen as one gets older.

So, Saturday morning I wake up at 4:00 a.m. with the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. My shoulder and neck are going into spasm one after the other, and I’m thinking I’m going to die.

After I sat up for a while and took some medication, I was able to avoid the spasms but only if I sat straight up on the couch with a pillow around my neck. I couldn’t even t lay down to sleep.

As a result, I sat on the couch doing nothing but watching television for two days straight. I couldn’t even look down to read because of the pain. Continue reading “A Thought On Trendy Morality”

News Flash: Mayans Wrong About Apocalypse!

chichenitzaShocking I know, but the world did not end yesterday.

The Mayan’s missed it, just like Harold Camping, Edgar Whisenant, Marshall Applewhite, and every one else who has predicted the end of the world.

At least this time it wasn’t Christians sounding the false alarm. We’ve at least got that going for us. Unfortunately, I’m sure there will be others, and they will always be wrong.

Before He ascended, Jesus’ disciples asked when Jesus was going to restore the kingdom to Israel.

The question was flawed, but rather than address that, Jesus used it to make a point and then refocus the disciples on what they should be concerned about:

Continue reading “News Flash: Mayans Wrong About Apocalypse!”

Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 1

Because of the developments around the world over the last 10 days, Americans are focused on its nation’s foreign policy more now than at any time in the last 4 years.

I thought it a good time then to offer some thoughts on what a Kingdom-based foreign policy should look like.

Before I begin though, I want to say if you interpret what I say in these next few posts as endorsing or criticizing a particular presidential candidate’s foreign policy you will have misinterpreted what I write.

If I am approaching the issue of foreign policy from the context of the left/right game, I’m wasting your time and mine. You can find the typical left/right party lines on foreign policy on any number of blogs or talk shows. They are predictable, well-worn and frankly not very interesting. Continue reading “Toward A Kingdom-Based Foreign Policy – 1”