Wayne Nall Jr
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Wayne Nall Jr

As a long-time student of history (especially American history) as well as God's word, I blog about current events, cultural trends. and historical interests from a Biblical worldview.

Posted 10/18/14 at 7:33 AM | Wayne Nall Jr

"Church Etiquette" - Wisdom From A Bygone Age

One of our church members recently brought me an old bulletin from a nearby church that she found stuck away in a book. It was dated January 10, 1963. The front of it was entitled “Church Etiquette.” As I read these, I was amazed at the wisdom in many of these points. I don't necessarily subscribe to every one of these, but overall I found them to be quite helpful.

We live in a ultra-casual age. Where people used to dress up for public functions, whether it was work, church, or some kind of other event, but now it's "anything goes." Actually, I admit that I like some of this. I often don’t wear a suit and tie to church, and we have members that come in all types of garb. I would much rather someone come to church in a pair of ratty jeans and a shirt with holes in it than not come to church at all! FULL POST

Posted 10/10/14 at 10:45 PM | Wayne Nall Jr

These 300 Year Old Resolutions Are Still True Today!

Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

 Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was a Christian preacher, philosopher, and theologian. Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one of America's greatest intellectuals. (Wikipedia) He was one of the leaders during the First Great Awakening and saw some of the first tent revivals in America.

Those the words were written almost three hundred years ago (and contain some rather archaic language!), they still challenge us today… FULL POST

Posted 9/28/14 at 7:18 PM | Wayne Nall Jr

God Can Do Things in Prayer That Are Just so Cool!

God can do things in prayer that are just so cool...

Just this morning, I was praying for a friend of mine and his wife, Kenneth and Glynis Kintsel...a missionary couple who have a ministry to Latin America. I knew that they were flying out of Miami sometime today to enter a country south of Miami to minister to the church there. (I'm not going to name the country, but you probably can figure out an island nation that is not very hospitable to Christians.) As I was praying for them, I felt that I should text them to let them know that I was praying for them as they enter a potentially dangerous situation. After I texted him, I felt compelled to add to my prayer that there not be any problems in customs as they bring important religious material into this country. I hadn't thought of that (which may seem rather obvious, but it just hadn't occurred to me until that moment.) until I sent the text.

 Less than a minute later, my friend called me. He thanked me for praying for him, and told me that they would be boarding the plane in about ten minutes. He then asked for an additional prayer request...that I pray that they not have any problems in customs with the religious material they were taking to the people of this country! Exactly what God had just put on my heart to pray for! Wow! I told him, "Brother, I just prayed this for you seconds ago!" God is working! FULL POST

Posted 9/27/14 at 8:23 AM | Wayne Nall Jr

Oklahoma Beheading: Let's Call It What It Is!

 I was at work yesterday waiting on customers in what was an unusually slow day. During one break, I checked my Twitter feed and began to see all these tweets about a woman being beheaded in Oklahoma. Wow! This must be a huge story!

So I pop over to the home page of CNN...Nothing

 Fox...nothing yet.

 ABC, CBS, NBC...Nothing

 Must have just happened...

 We got busy and I checked back a few hours later...

 Well, there it is front page on Fox...fairly detailed article.

 CNN...Crickets (you've got to be kidding me!) FULL POST

Posted 9/1/14 at 8:41 AM | Wayne Nall Jr

The High Cost of Inaction

Consider the following scenario:

  • Rising powers in Europe and Asia with militaristic ambitions begin to gobble up land, while the western world stands idly by.
  • A war-weary public in western Europe and the United States ignore the pretensions of would-be dictators.
  • Isolationism in America reaches a decades-long high.
  • Western leaders, without a clear strategy to deal with multiple crises that begin to envelop the globe, lurch from one policy to another, as one country after another falls victim to fanatical dictators.
  • Thousands, then tens of thousands, then hundreds of thousands of innocent people die in military conquests as the west frantically tries to ignore the burgeoning crises.

Am I talking about the world today? It sure sounds like it! However, I'm actually talking about the world in the years just prior to the start of World War II. As a student of history, I've been just as fascinated by how the world got to such a global conflagration as I have been about the war that ensued after the years of 1937-1939. FULL POST

Posted 3/12/14 at 12:06 PM | Wayne Nall Jr

Thoughts At Fifty - Living Between The Dash

I turned fifty today. I was thinking this morning about why that people dread getting old. Obviously, the older you get, the more difficult life becomes, and I don't especially look forward to that part. I'm trying to do a few things health-wise now that I hope will cushion that blow. Eating better and more exercise. For most folks, though, I think the reason they dread getting old is the way they look at life. Most see life kind of like an hourglass. You know, it starts out with all the sand in the top. At the end of the hour, it's all trickled down to the bottom. According to this analogy, it's likely that there is a lot more sand in the bottom of my hourglass than in the top

However, I like to use a different analogy for life. I look at life like a race--not a sprint race, but more like a marathon. You see, life shouldn't be spent waiting around for all the sand to run out of the hourglass. God has given each of us a race to run, a marathon to complete. Like an actual race, the runners start out strong. Maybe they cruise through the first few miles, but as they get to the middle of the race and push towards the end, more and more runners just drop out. It just gets too rough. But the few that remain are so focused on the goal line, that they don't worry about the pain they're experiencing in the present. They just know that there is a goal out there to push for that will make it worth it all. The good runners (I'm not one, so I'm only writing from what I've heard from others) learn to ignore the pain. Even to embrace the pain. As the old adage is-no pain, no gain! FULL POST

Posted 3/3/14 at 8:40 PM | Wayne Nall Jr

Five Secular Reasons To Support Traditional Marriage-Part 2

I continue my series here in support of traditional marriage. To start at the first post, click this link to "What Is Marriage?"

In my post last week, I began outlining five secular (or non-biblical) reasons to support traditional marriage and to not support the new revisionist "same-sex" version of marriage. I covered the first two reasons "Redefining marriage is harmful to children" and "Redefining marriage will bring great harm to society as a whole". I cover the last three reasons here: FULL POST

Posted 2/23/14 at 5:13 PM | Wayne Nall Jr

Five Secular Reasons To Support Traditional Marriage-Part 1

I continue my series here in support of the traditional view of marriage. Here are links to the first article “What Is Marriage?” and to the second article “Five Biblical Reasons to Support Traditional Marriage.

While I am a Christian and I get my values largely from my understanding of the Christian scriptures, I certainly realize that I live in a pluralistic society. There was a time in American history when the vast majority of U.S. citizens held these views, but that is no longer true. Because of this, I understand that an argument for the traditional view of marriage and against the revisionist view of marriage (as defined in my earlier article, “What Is Marriage?”) based solely on the Bible won't go very far with a lot of people in this increasing secular society. But is there a secular argument to be made for traditional marriage that all of us, no matter what our religious (or non-religious) affiliation may be? I certainly think so. FULL POST

Posted 2/13/14 at 10:16 PM | Wayne Nall Jr

Five Biblical Reasons To Support Traditional Marriage

 I continue my series here in support of the traditional view of marriage. Here's a link to my first post: "What Is Marriage?"

 As a Christian, I look at the Bible as the final authority on issues that might affect my life and the society around me. It is the bedrock of my belief, and of countless millions around the world. Though this holiest of books has been subject to scorn and ridicule through the ages, it's truths have stood the test of time for millennia, while those who disparaged it have died and faded into obscurity.

 Unfortunately, many who profess the name of Christ don't know what the book that was written of Him even says. Because of this, they are wide open to misinformation about the truths of God's word, and they often fall pray to erroneous interpretations of it in order to fit better into the society around them. This is never more true than the issue of marriage. FULL POST

Posted 2/9/14 at 10:36 PM | Wayne Nall Jr

What Is Marriage?

If you had told me twenty or even ten years ago that the most controversial issue in America in 2014 would concern the nature of marriage, I'm not sure that I would have believed you. However, I recently found out how controversial this is when a local TV station asked for comments concerned a proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution which would define marriage as an institution between a man and a woman. I noticed that almost all the comments were against the proposed amendment and for "same-sex marriage." Holding a different view and wanting to express it in a factual manner, I simply commented by giving three reasons that I believe in holding to the traditional view of marriage. To my surprise, I was repeatedly attacked as some kind of miscreant by those on the other side. The kindest thing that was said about me was that I was ignorant. One person wished that I would never be able to procreate! So much for tolerance.

 This highlights the fact that almost all the information that the average person gets through the media on the issue of "same-sex marriage" is totally one-sided. Once President Obama finally "evolved" in his views in 2012 (in an election year-imagine that!) to embrace "same-sex marriage", politicians in his party have almost exclusively lined up with him. Increasingly, even many conservatives and Republicans have embraced this new definition of marriage. And when the Supreme Court last year struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the momentum for "marriage equality" picked up even more steam. In 2013 alone, seven states saw fit to recognize "same-sex marriage", making the total number of states recognizing these unions as of this moment to seventeen. Each one of these steps is covered glowingly by most mainstream media sources, and "marriage equality", as proponents cast the issue, is the civil rights issue of our time. Or so we are told. Militant opponents of traditional marriage would like to see those who oppose "same-sex marriage" as stigmatized as those who oppose racial equality. Increasingly, traditional marriage advocates such as myself are being lumped together with the KKK and the southern segregationists of the past. FULL POST

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