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4 McCains

The paths of President Obama and his former rival John McCain recently crossed at the Naval Academy graduation. The latest McCain grad was the fourth.

Let this encourage us to teach our children and grand-children well and, by grace, see them onto the spiritual battlefield, aka the real world, in the Lord’s army under our conquering commander in chief, Jesus Christ.

Where some brave ones say: “Country first” (which I applaud) – let the saints declare “Kingdom first.”

John McCain’s grandfather and father would become the first father-son team to reach the rank of four-star admiral.

“My father spoke of him to me often, as an example of what kind of man I should aspire to be,” John McCain recalled.

Halsey biographer Potter wrote that “there were few wiser or more competent officers in the Navy than Slew McCain.” The Navy honored him in 1953 by naming a new destroyer the USS John S. McCain. Slew McCain is buried next to his brother, William Alexander McCain, a cavalry officer known as “Wild Bill.”

Bill McCain, who graduated from West Point, chased Mexican insurgent Pancho Villa with Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, served as an artillery officer during World War I and attained the rank of brigadier general.

In his 1999 book, Faith of My Fathers, McCain details his Scotch-Irish roots, noting that his great-aunt was a descendant of Robert the Bruce, an early Scottish king. On this continent, McCain’s roots date to the American Revolution.

An early ancestor, John Young, served on Gen. George Washington’s staff. After the family moved to Mississippi, a number of McCain’s ancestors fought in the Civil War on the side of the Confederacy.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 2 Timothy 4:7

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Pat Summitt on family

House churching, or whatever your preferred terminology, presumes a (hopefully somewhat stable) family. After all, church is family. And family is the cradle of society, too.

Here is a short audio clip released earlier this week by my fellow Tennessean and award winning coach of the UT Lady Vols. Pat has observed kids for more than 40 years and has now concluded: 

… parents are too concerned to be the child’s friend rather than the child’s parent …

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Any Christian dynasty builders among us?

A home church generally emerges from a Christian home. True, there are frequent exceptions. Consider, now, the historical footprint of one Jonathan Edwards:

Edwards, one of the greatest Preachers of all time, was married in 1727.

He and his wife Sarah had 11 children and are an excellent example of two people who built such a spiritual family dynasty: 173 years after their marriage, a study was made of some 1,400 of their descendants.  

By 1900 this single marriage had produced 13 college presidents, 65 professors, 100 lawyers, a dean of an outstanding law school, 30 judges, 56 physicians, a dean of a medical school, 80 holders of public office, 3 United States senators, 3 mayors of large American cities, 3 governors, 1 Vice-President of the United States, 1 comptroller of the United States Treasury. 

Members of the family had written 135 books, edited 18 journals and periodicals. They had entered the ministry in platoons, with nearly 100 of them becoming missionaries overseas. 

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