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The Trumpet of the Revolution Tour 2013

Join Dan Horn and the Horn family on Labor Day week, September 2-7, 2012, for a week-long tour covering the history of early America, the founding of the nation, and the life of Patrick Henry. Explore with us the story of Jamestown, visit the recreated colonial town of Williamsburg, walk the battlefield at Yorktown, and see history come to life in a reenactment of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty” speech. Along the way, hear the stories of Bacon’s Rebellion, the War for Independence, and the political debates that accompanied the founding of the new nation.

There are still seats available. Find out more at DiscerningHistory.com/tour2013

Following is some logistical information:

This year, we are staying at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Richmond – West End/Innsbrook. Monday through Wednesday night, we will be in suites with two double beds, and  Thursday through Friday night, we will have to move to suites with one king bed due to the unavailability of the doubles. All rooms also have pullout sofas. We will need to reserve our rooms by Wednesday, August 28th. The price per night is $79 + tax. Breakfast is included at the hotel from 6am to 9:30am and they have a manager’s reception Mon. thru Thurs. from 5pm – 7pm for a light dinner.

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The Praying Son-in-Law of John Knox

I have a grandson named Knox Defender Bradrick; so my heart is moved by things “Knox.” Here is a story about the son-in-law of the Knox of the 16th century:

Rutherford refers to the former pastor of Kirkcudbright [John Welch of Ayr, son-in-law to John Knox] as ‘that Apostolicke, heavenly, and Propheticall man of God’ and reports, ‘from the godly witnesses of his life I have heard say, of every twenty four hours, he gave eight to prayer, except when the public necessities of his calling did call him to preach, visit, exhort in season and out of season.’ – From his ‘brotherly and free Epistle’ in his Survey of the Spiritual Antichrist, 1648 quoted in Iain H. Murray, The Puritan Hope: A Study in Revival and the Interpretation of Prophecy, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1998), 24.

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The Battlefield of My Father’s Youth

Perhaps no other individual battle is as well-known by the general populace as the battle for Iwo Jima. Some claim that the most famous picture in the history of photography was taken there of the men raising the flag on Mount Suribachi. This was the first foreign flag raised on Japanese soil in many generations, and it meant the death-knell to Japanese expansionism and ultimately the end of the Pacific war.

Thousands of Marines were ushered into eternity while doing their duty. Many of my father’s fellow pilots were lost until, one day, he found himself to be alone in his tent, the last one alive.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson said it well:

Storm’d at with shot and shell,

Bravely they rode and well,

Into the Jaws of Death,

Into the Mouth of Hell…[i]

Lieutenant General Holland M. Smith, the commanding general of the Fleet Marine Force in the Pacific said, “It was the most heavily fortified island in the world.” [ii] The tactical challenges were unmatched by any other battle.

There was no hope of surprise. The enemy had all the high ground, exposing our troops to every form of firepower. Every square yard of dirt was under Japanese crosshairs. Iwo Jima was a fight entirely on the enemy’s terms. (more…)

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Lessons of Manhood from Iwo Jima

Today is the anniversary of the World War II Pacific battle of Iwo Jima. It is important that we remember this historic battle and draw lessons from it for our sons to teach them about manhood. Here are twelve lessons of manhood that I wrote about in a book called Preparing Boys for Battle:

1. Quiet fathers impoverish their children. (Psalm 78:1-9).

The experiences on Iwo Jima should warn us about the effect of clamming up. The common story of the Iwo Jima veterans is that they kept silent about their experiences and denied their children an understanding of their heritage. This pattern, which was almost comprehensively followed by Iwo veterans, is a warning to fathers about the consequences of clamming up and keeping stories of God’s faithfulness inside by not telling their children the praises of the Lord. (more…)

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A Friend Without Treachery

This picture was taken when we visited Gettysburg on Tuesday on the Horn history tour. This is the monument at the location of Pickett’s Charge.

Robert E. Lee was one of the exemplary leaders in American history. A former chaplain with Lee at one of the anniversaries of Lee’s death spoke of him in this way:

He possessed every virtue of other great commanders without their vices. He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression; and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy and a man without guile. (more…)

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The Real John Knox

Today, unfortunately, John Knox is largely known not for his work on behalf of the church, but is a caricatured, fire-breathing prophet figure who wanted to persecute anyone who would not agree with him. Prophets are often misunderstood, maligned, or marginalized by those who are opposed to their work, and such is the case with Knox.

 The writer Thomas Carlyle memorably captured the human side of Knox:

They go far wrong who think this Knox was a gloomy, spasmodic, shrieking fanatic.  Not at all; he is one of the solidest men; a most shrewd, observing, quietly discerning man; an honest-hearted, brotherly man—brother to the high, brother also to the low: sincere in his sympathy with both; a cheery, social man with faces that loved him.  An ill nature he decidedly had not.  Kind, honest, affections dwelt in the much-enduring, hard-worn, ever-battling man.  Close at hand, he was found to be no mean, acrid man, but at heart a healthful, strong sagacious man.[1]


[1] Southern Presbyterian Review, July 1876, p. 442.

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Poem For My Dad

Here is a poem my sister Carol wrote for father’s day for our father.


This is the author – my sister Carol.

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Thanking Our Veterans for Their Sacrifice

These girls came ready to display a picture of Liberty, Sacrifice, Honor, Bravery, Loyalty, Freedom, and Courage in commemoration of our veterans and in thankfulness to God for His mercy to our land.

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Memorial Day Photo Contest Winner

As part of the Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Picnic, we had a photo contest. We wanted a photo that most effectively captured the spirit of honor, joy, and multi-generational legacy which exemplifies our annual Memorial Day celebration.

We are pleased to announce that Nathan Nicholson won this contest by submitting the above photo.

Good photography is a way to honor God,  (more…)

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Thank You to Our Veterans!

Speaking at the Memorial Day Picnic

Happy Girls at the Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Picnic

Ballads to Honor

David Lanier sang ballads at the Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Picnic as well as read the recent casualty list from the Operation Enduring Freedom.

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There’ll Be Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover

The Allen sisters sang historic songs in honor of our veterans, such as the World War II song: “There’ll Be Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover.”
 

The Bluegrass Gospel Trio also joined us with rousing music.

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Greater Love Has No One Than This That Someone Lay Down His Life for His Friends

We transcribed the opening prayer of Dan Forest, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. It was the perfect prayer for our event:

Lord Jesus, in your Word you told us that “Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.” So we gather today to remember, we gather today to honor, we gather today to thank those who have gone before us to lay down their lives for us. For the very freedoms that we enjoy on this day and each day. Our Father, we acknowledge that you are the creator and sustainer of all things. You set the stars in the heavens and give them their light.  You set the earth in motion and you chart its course. You formed us from dust, breathed life and spirit into our bodies, and sustain our very being. Yet there are times when you call men to step forth on the courageous journey to protect and defend what is right and good. (more…)

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