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Rockabilly Raus: The Universal Language of Music

Autoreise/Road Trip It all started with the road trip. Well, it was my idea to see some sights but he picked the locations. We were searching for Martin Luther, the monk whose 95 Theses nailed to the church door at Wittenberg (now called Lutherstadt Wittenberg) launched the Protestant Reformation. I mean, you can’t go to…

The 8th of November: Heroes Among Us

Left: Henry B. “Sonny” Tucker, US Army (Ret.); Callsign “Stonedeer;” Nicknamed by his men “Big Tuck.” Right: Chaplain (Maj.) James Hutchens I have only known Bro. Sonny Tucker as a pastor (and one of my pastors while serving with Adrian Rogers at Bellevue Baptist Church) who faithfully cares for his flock and for years faithfully taught…

Child of a lesser god

For why is all around us here As if some lesser god had made the world, But had not force to shape it as he would? Till the High God behold it from beyond, And enter it, and make it beautiful? Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892): Idylls of the King: The Passing of Arthur. Line 13ff….

Death Was Our Unity: Memphis, Tennessee and the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878

“Most cases, of whatever nature, were ushered in by a chill, followed by a fever, with a pulse and temperature to which the succeeding phenomena would correspond. The attack was so violent in some cases that death occurred within thirty-six hours.” Dr. Happoldt. Memphis, Tennessee 1878 (Source, p. 46) 1. A Forgotten Treasure A chance…

The Passion Play Prelude

In 1633 the Black Death struck the town of Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany.  The people of the town vowed to God that if the Plague would pass them by then they would perform a Passion Play every ten years in honor of the miracle.  They have kept their vow for over 350 years. In an…