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 1/1/15 at 11:05 AM | Wayne Nall Jr

New Year's Challenge: Start A Bible Reading Plan!

As we start 2015, many people will be making New Year's resolutions. I actually think this is a good thing. I find it a good time to reassess my life prayerfully, and try to make changes that will improve my life. Many people resolve to lose weight, exercise more, eat less junk food, etc. All are noble goals (and some that I could use myself!), but I'd like to suggest to you one goal that should surpass them all.  I would like to challenge you to start a Bible reading plan in 2015.

 Why read the Bible?

 First of all, simply because it is the Word of God.  2 Timothy 3:16 states, "All Scripture is God-breathedand is useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness..." The Bible, both New and Old Testament, is inspired. This doesn't mean "inspired" like a book or a movie is "inspirational." It literally means "God-breathed." God was in the writing of his Word from the beginning to end. This doesn't mean that God just dictated the words to men and they wrote them down. It's very obvious that men's personalities largely come through in the writing. I like that. Though it was "God-breathed," God used many different men with varied personalities living in distinct cultures over thousands of years to pen the Bible. FULL POST

Posted 12/31/14 at 8:46 AM | Wayne Nall Jr

My Top Eleven Posts of All Time (And Some of My Personal Favorites As Well!)

Earlier, I posted my "Top Eleven Posts of 2014" from my blog at waynenalljr.blogspot.com . As I promised then, I'm now sharing with you my "Top Eleven Posts of All Time." I've been writing a blog since 2011, and since then total views have been steadily increasing. As a matter of fact, none of my posts from 2011 or 2012 made this "All Time" list.

 Before I share this "Top Eleven" List, I'd like to share with you a few of my favorite posts that didn't make this list. For your interest, I've included the number of total views (as of today) on these posts as well.

  • A Christmas Story - December 25, 2012 (240) - This post was written about a deeply moving event which happened at the tire store where I work. It was such a touching thing to witness, and it reminded me of a greater event from two thousand years ago!
  • Lincoln and Obama - Two Views of Welfare - September 23, 2012 (292) - Although this didn't quite make the Top 11 List below, it was my most read post of 2012. It's based on a letter that Abraham Lincoln wrote to his step-brother in 1851. If anything, the contrast between these two presidents is even starker than when I wrote this!
  • TR on Lincoln - The Great Statesman - August 25, 2012 (218) - This was based on a short essay written by Theodore Roosevelt on Abraham Lincoln. As you can see, I'm a Lincoln fan! This is the best that I've ever read on what a true statesman is. I honestly wish every lawmaker in America were required to read this essay!
  • A Man Of A Different Spirit - October 7, 2011 (223) - This was my most read post of 2011. That's not saying much, as I only wrote three that year! It is based on one of my favorite Bible characters - Caleb. What an inspiration!
  • My Letter To President Obama - Concerning Israel - May 11, 2011 (37) - This was my first post on this blog. I had no idea what it would lead to! Support for Israel continues to be a subject that is dear to my heart, and my alarm then at the lack of support that Israel has received from this administration has increased even more.

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Posted 12/29/14 at 9:15 AM | Wayne Nall Jr

My Top Eleven Blog Posts for 2014 (Since Everybody Has a Top Ten!)

As we wrap up 2014, I thought it might be interesting to share with you my most popular blog posts from this year. This year marks four years since I've started my blog (at waynenalljr.blogspot.com) , and I'm really amazed to see the growth in readership since I first started. In the beginning, a few dozen people might read what I wrote. Now, it's not unusual to get several hundred. Mostly though, I'm appreciative of the responses which I've received from people about my blog, either in person or online.

I started the blog in 2011, with just three posts that year, so I really didn't get very serious about it until 2012. Since then, I've learned a lot about blogging and how to get the message out there. This is actually only my fifty-second post on that site, so I've obviously not posted daily or even weekly, as my schedule simply doesn't permit it. I have a full time job, and a lot of other responsibilities, so I just post when I have time, and when I feel like I've got something to say that might be worth reading. I do enjoy writing, but I'm not in this to get some kind of fame (and certainly not fortune!). Although I don't have any degrees behind my name, I've been a reader (especially of history) all my life, and I feel like that may give me some insight into current events that perhaps others might not have. Even more than that, I have been a student of the Bible for many years, and I make no bones about the fact that I see the world through the lens of the word of God. I believe God's word informs my perspective and gives me a worldview that not many have who are writing about current events and social issues. FULL POST

Posted 12/23/14 at 4:41 PM | Wayne Nall Jr

Another Silent Night?

I was thinking recently about December 16, 1991. Honestly, I have no memory of what that day was like for me and my wife Kathy. I was serving at that time as a pastor of a small rural church, but, because they were not able to support me fully, I had taken a job at a Mr. Gatti’s pizza in nearby Boonville, Indiana. I was the dough maker. I suppose that that Monday morning, I went in to work early just like any other day, made my dough (not much of the green kind!), completed my shift, and went home. It was a rather silent day followed by a silent night.

We were childless and were not able to have children ourselves. A couple of years before, the Lord had called us into foster parenting. We were currently without any foster kids in the home, as we had just sent a sibling group back home to their mom. We had cared for them for over a year. So, for Kathy and I, it was a rather depressing Christmas season. The Yultide was not exactly gay that year, and would pass by pretty uneventfully for us. Silent days followed by silent nights. FULL POST

Posted 12/15/14 at 8:05 AM | Wayne Nall Jr

Grace In Shoe Leather

I have just completed and uploaded to Amazon.com my first book, "Grace In Shoe Leather", and I'd like to share a preview of this remarkable story with you here. Here's the description:

In March, 1998, the Evansville, Indiana area was rocked by "The MotoMart Shooting" and the ensuing arrest of a local youth for murder. "Grace In Shoe Leather" is the true story of one victim's widow who refuses to take the path of bitterness and resentment, but instead chooses the path of forgiveness and grace. In a surprising turn of events, that widow, Ina Kae Simpson, eventually befriends Erick Schmitt, the man convicted of taking her husband's life. The unexpected results of this unusual friendship are inspirational!

Mrs. Simpson began attending the church where I serve as deacon several years ago, and the more I learned of her story, the more fascinated I became. She's the real deal! While suffering in a way that most people have never suffered, she chose the high road of forgiveness and actually helped turn around the life of her husband's assailant. Erick himself is an inspiration to all who have taken the wrong road, but with the help of others, has turned to God and gotten back on the right road. I could tell you a lot more, but you'll just have to read this for yourself! FULL POST

Posted 11/13/14 at 10:34 PM | Wayne Nall Jr

BOOK REVIEW: Stonewalled by Sharyl Attkisson (Part 2)

This is a continuation of a book review of Sharyl Attkisson's new book Stonewalled: My Fight For Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington. To read Part 1 of my review, click here.

Chapter 4: Benghazi: The Unanswered Questions

For anyone who has followed this story, the attacks on our compound in Benghazi, Libya on the night of September 11, 2012, conjure up a web of deceit, duplicity and intrigue that we are still trying to decipher. The number of angles that could and should have been covered by reporters is multitudinous. However, outside of Fox News and a small number of mainstream reporters, the national press corps moved on after a short time. No story here. "Just a ginned up Republican story", they say. One of the few of those mainstream reporters that went against the grain and doggedly dug into Benghazi was Sharyl Attkisson. In Stonewalled, she chronicles her attempt not only to press through resistance from the Obama Administration, but from her own network. FULL POST

Posted 11/9/14 at 9:54 PM | Wayne Nall Jr

BOOK REVIEW: Stonewalled by Sharyl Attkisson (Part 1)

I just finished reading one of the most remarkable and yet disturbing books that I've come across in some time.

Former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has written a blockbuster of a book with a blockbuster title: Stonewalled: My Fight For Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington. Despite the attempts to denigrate her in the media (which ironically follows the same pattern of "controversializing" an opponent which she describes in her book), she is eminently qualified to write this book. She has been a working journalist for more than thirty years (over twenty years of that time being with CBS News) and has been described in the Washington Post as a "persistent voice of news-media skepticism about the government's story." She is the recipient of five Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting . Her work has appeared on the CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, 48 Hours, and CBS This Morning. Up until recently, Sharyl Atkisson has been "an insider's insider." She has done multiple investigative stories critical of both Republicans and Democrats. FULL POST

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

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