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Our Mission Statement

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Thanks to a comment made by Heidi this morning, I’ve been thinking about how to define the purpose of this blog. It was originally set up to promote my Bell Mountain books and hopefully stir up sales; but it has since grown into something more.

It’s not something I set out to do on purpose; it just sort of happened. Much of the credit goes to you, the readers. Together we have done enough to give birth to a mission statement. And here it is. Here’s what this blog is supposed to do.

Provide a place for Christian fellowship, including the posting of hymns, hymn requests, prayer requests, reblogs of posts on other Christian blogs, and Bible study. I love it when readers get to talking to each other. Nor do you have to be a Christian to be allowed in: the door is open to you, too. It’s important for us to comfort, encourage, counsel, inspire, and teach one another.

Praise the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and the works of God the Creator, proclaim the Lordship of Christ, and assert His crown rights as the King of kings.

Outreach. This blog is a small part of the larger ministry of the Chalcedon Foundation.

Provide opposition to, and skepticism for, the pretensions of secular humanism–the climate change cult, Darwinism, transgender, and all the rest of those Really Smart Ideas that are actually abominable and stupid. The highest card in their hand is their claim to being vastly more intelligent than ordinary people–a claim that must be regularly and vigorously challenged. They deserve to be satirized, and I try to provide that. Hence Joe Collidge.

Provide good humor, pleasant memories, and fun. A good laugh is the gift of God. So is a happy memory. Hence features like “Oy, Rodney” and Memory Lane. And the comment contests, the quokkas, etc.

And yes, I’m still trying to promote my books along the way.

Anyway, that’s our mission–and we’re doing it together.


Chalcedon’s Back!

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Our Chalcedon website’s up and running again. We still don’t know what (or who!) caused it to go down, but at least it’s up again.

And now I can reblog that piece by Martin Selbrede, “Alabama Conference Represents a Stake in the Ground.”

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/alabama-conference-represents-a-stake-in-the-ground

Martin was one of many speakers, last April, at “Domestic Abuse and the Church,” who stressed the need for the church to recognize domestic abuse as a reality and to believe and support those who supper from it. Isaiah 32:1-8 stresses the believer’s duty to be a refuge to those in need: not an added difficulty, but a refuge.

I guess it’s stuff like that that makes us “Haters,” eh?


If I’m Not Here Tomorrow

Now, in addition to our Chalcedon website being down, our email communications have been ravaged. What I send to my editor now comes out as gibberish.

It’s beginning to look like vandalism.

So if I’m not here tomorrow, if this blog is not here, it’ll because they’ve gone after this aspect of our ministry, too.

Please pray for us. Lord, we are your servants and they go after us because they can’t reach up to you. Deliver us out of their hands, and triumph over your enemies. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


You Can Help Me Write an Article on Censorship

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Chalcedon has asked me to write a major article on how the social media are censoring and banning Christians and conservatives–in part because they’ve attacked us, too, and are running around calling us a “hate group.” And of course they would like to cut off all conservative voices from the national conversation in time for next year’s national elections.

I know that several of you, dear readers, have been banned, shadow-banned, or censored by assorted social media. If you would describe your experiences, I’d love to use them in the article–protecting your identities, of course. My point will be that it’s not just Christian ministries, pro-family groups, and prominent conservatives who are being censored, but also peaceful, law-abiding, ordinary people. Like us!

So come on, help me out–the more information you give me, the better. It will all be put to good use!


I Got My Start with a Vampire Story

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This was my first published novel, Lifeblood, vintage 1988. Heidi asked how I made the jump from horror to Christian novels.

Well, first off, it took 20 years. There was a horror boom in the 1980s, and I was part of it. When it turned into a horror bust in the 1990s, I was part of that, too. I wrote a lot of books after that, but none ever got published. It really wasn’t looking like I would ever be published again.

I had four horror novels published. I wrote them in hopes of becoming rich and famous, for my own aggrandizement. Serving God never crossed my mind.

In a radio interview a few years ago, Kevin Swanson asked me, “So what woke you up?” And I answered, “Believe it or not, Bill Clinton! Suddenly we had a president doing sex with an intern in the Oval Office, going all Charlie High school smart guy on us by saying ‘It depends on what is is,’ and getting away with it–and all these people saying ‘Oh, it’s only sex, and lying about sex, and everybody does it, no big deal.'”  It became obvious that our culture had slipped a few big notches downward while I wasn’t looking. Did I want to live in a country where it really was okay for the president to be doing interns in the Oval Office? I could hardly recognize it as the America that was supposed to be my home.

Fear sent me running back to the Bible, back to prayer. I started writing quasi-journalistic pieces for several Christian, pro-family organizations and eventually caught on with the Chalcedon Foundation (and I’m happy to say I’m still there!).

Chalcedon publishes books on theology; but a few years ago, someone wondered if it might not be a good idea if we published a novel or two. And my editor, Susan, said, “But we already have a novelist!” Meaning me.

And it just so happened that I had only recently had a dream featuring a high mountain with the sound of a bell somewhere in the air. It was a very haunting image, and it became the seed of Bell Mountain.

God keeps giving me these novels to write in His service–twelve of them, so far. As long as He keeps giving them, I’ll keep writing them. This is the work I love best, and may it be fruitful to Christ’s Kingdom.


My Market Has Expanded (Hooray!)

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No one works harder than the support staff at Chalcedon HQ. And they get it done, too.

I just heard from Jill that all my books are now on sale via Barnes & Noble Nook and Google Play. That would be ebook versions of the books: Chalcedon and amazon.com also sell the paperbacks. The latest, The Silver Trumpet (No. 10 in the Bell Mountain series), is still about a week away from being available as an ebook. That’s also Jill’s job.

Anyway, now ebooks of my books are available in two more markets, and they just got there so I haven’t sold any yet. But it can’t help but help–right?


Here It Comes! The Silver Trumpet

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Well, at least I know now that the book exists: Bell Mountain No. 10, The Silver Trumpet.

I received a copy in the mail today, to be autographed and sent on to one of Chalcedon’s faithful supporters, and I’m told my own copies are on their way to me–and that the book will go on sale later this week. It’s not there yet, so don’t give up if you look for it and don’t find it. It’s coming: this time it’s really coming.

Meanwhile, May thinks it’s April and it rained every day last week, and more rain is forecast for this week, and I haven’t had much time to work on His Mercy Endureth Forever. We were freezing here yesterday, and today it’s hot. So I’d better finish this iced tea, and one more post, and then get back to work on the book.


‘Defeated Church’: the Video (2013)

This one-of-a-kind music video was put together by Chalcedon’s Andrea Schwartz and sung by her daughter, Dorothy.

Still plenty of churches throwing in the towel…

(Hat tip to our friend Dave, for reminding me of this)


‘Christ vs. Satan’ by R.J. Rushdoony (2003)

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R.J. Rushdoony’s ministry, which he has passed on to us at Chalcedon–and to all who wish to take it up–centered on the extension of Christ’s Kingdom: and in this, every Christian can take part. It’s work for all of us.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/christ-versus-satan

I think he saved the best quote for last: “Every Christian and his home is a part of this extension of Christ’s Kingdom.”


Jesus: Deepening River, Blinding Light

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(“From the President,” Faith For All of Life, March 31, 2018: by Mark Rushdoony)

In Jesus, the Deepening River and the Blinding Light, Mark Rushdoony follows Our Lord to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles in John Chapters 7 and 8, and ties Jesus’ words and actions to prophecies by Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Zechariah. Really, there was no excuse for misunderstanding His claim to be the Christ.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/jesus-the-deepening-river-and-the-blinding-light

I found this an illuminating essay, even as I helped edit it. There are Christians who don’t pay much attention to the Old Testament; but in so doing, they miss much of the meaning of the New Testament.

Please visit our recently (and very extensively!) revamped website, http://www.chalcedon.edu/, and spend a few minutes browsing. Theology, history, sermons, Q&A sessions, homeschooling, commentary, book and movie reviews–we’ve got it all.


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