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Mr. Rogers was a great guy, but not in the military

A few weeks ago I mentioned Mr. Rogers in my sermon on real manhood.  Now, personally, I like Mr. Rogers.  His show was one of the only children's shows available during the week back before cable and satellite TV.  He was a Presbyterian minister with a gift for connecting with children.

Now, since that Sunday a couple of weeks ago a number of folks have come to me saying "Hey, did you know that Mr. Rogers was a sniper in Vietnam?"  I heard that one, too.  However, it's just not true.  You just can't believe everything you read in an e-mail I guess.  Here's the detail from

Mr. Rogers Was a Sniper In Vietnam-Fiction!

Summary of the eRumor
Children's television personality Fred Rogers was a Navy Seal and a sniper in Vietnam with 25 confirmed kills to his credit.


The Truth
Fred Rogers, the founder and host of the popular U.S. children's television program Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood never served in the military.
There have been various false rumors about him including one that claims he always wore long-sleeved shirts to hide his tattoo.

According to his official biography from Family Communications, the producers of his show, Fred Rogers went directly from college into media.
He was first hired as an assistant producer by NBC television in New York and worked on several classic shows such as The Voice of Firestone, The Kate Smith Hour, and The NBC Opera Theatre.
He was asked to help develop some of the first programming for WQED in Pittsburgh, the nation's first community-sponsored educational television station.
Some of what he created was children's programming that eventually led to Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

Rogers' major in college was Music Composition but he later attended both Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School  of Child Development and was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1963.

He died on February 27, 2003 at his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Rescuing the Woman's Heart

3960009lg I thought the "men's sermon" generated a buzz.  This one really did.  Why is it we just miss so often the fact that the deep part of a person, their heart, is constantly under attack by our Enemy.  I'm so excited that we are having Angela Thomas in this weekend to share with our ladies.  Her book "Do You Think I'm Beautiful?" is a best-seller and for good reason.  It goes straight for the question at the heart of every woman.

Ladies - You are beautiful.  Not with vanity, but beautiful in spirit and soul, just like God made you.  You are worth it and you must believe this.

Download 401_rescuing_the_womans_heart.mp3

Being a Real Man

Wow!  This message apparently struck a nerve.  More comments from men and women following this one than any other recent message.  It seems that God is setting up the men of this church to fulfill the role He designed for them.  Imagine a church full fo men who "get it!" 

Third I referenced a song from the rock group Boston.  This song "To Be a Man" was a strange balland to find on the long awaited third album.  Someone asked me Sunday afternoon "Did you listen to that on your 8 track?"  Very funny.  No, it was a cassette tape.  Some of you still remember those.  This was a "new cassette" that was made of clear plastic rather than the white plastic.  You know, the latest in high tech recording technology.  Regardless, I pretty much wore that tape out.

But what does it mean to be a man.  That's what this message is about.  It's about understanding God's role for men.  This is a dangerous message in that the Enemy and the world, in general, feels threatened when men and women live out their godly roles.

Take a listen. . .

Download 01_being_a_real_man.mp3

True Heroes & a Presidential Prayer

It was 63 years ago today that Allied forces landed on the northern beaches of France.  As these brave men attacked the beaches of Normandy, we began to see the beginning of the end of WWII.  As General Omar Bradley said, every man who went across the Channel that day was a hero.  Many didn't survive, but I'm reminded of President Ronald Reagan's speech given on the site in 1984 when he said that what drove them was the fact they were fighting for a cause, not for the taking of land, but for the liberation of people.  We are proud to have as a member of our church Mr. Robert McDuffie.  Robert was one of D_day the many heroic men who stepped out the Higgins boats on D-Day.

I was listening to a recording of President Roosevelt's national address on December 6, 1944.  What an incredible speech.  In fact, it was a prayer. . .

Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.
And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:
Almighty God: our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.
They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.
They will be sore tried, by night and by day without rest - until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.
For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.
Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.
And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters and brothers of brave men overseas -- whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them -- help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.
Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a countenance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.
Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.
And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.
And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment -- let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.
With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace -- a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil. Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.

Pres. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, June 6, 1944

Pirates 3 - What Do You Think?

Just saw Pirates of the Carribean 3.  I fell asleep 15 minutes into it and woke up with Johnny Depp on board the Black Pearl in a desert.  Weird.  I figured out what was going on, I think, but overall, I thought this movie was a flop.

What do you think?