Archive | Ron Kirk

Columbus the Man

By Ron Kirk What was Christopher Columbus like at the “dangerous age” of thirty years? Historian and scholar Samuel Eliot Morison says thirty is dangerous “to youthful ambition, to ideals and visions; the age that makes rovers settle down, drains the fire from a.....
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A Binary Choice for President?

Essay by Ron Kirk I often hear complaints these days from conservative Christians over what Glenn Beck recently called “the binary choice” for president. Why should we limit ourselves to two choices? The more democratic process we typically see in European politics presents many more choices for high office. Isn’t compet.....
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A Gloss on the Pledge of Allegiance

by Ronald W. Kirk Here is a summary of the explanation we used to teach our school students… I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE… I promise to be a friend. TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA… The flag represents the people. They are my neighbors. By faith I love them as I love myself. AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS… The United States is a unique, diverse set of federal relationships. Some are informal. Some form our civil govern.....
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A Remembrance

Mary-Elaine Swanson (1927-2011) Black Mountain, North Carolina—Mary-Elaine Swanson, 84, Nordskog Publishing author, editor and dearest friend passed away Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital. She was born May 21, 1927 to the late Charles Augustus Lowden and Myrtle Ann Jersey Adams in Orlando Florida, and was the wife of the late Nils .....
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A Christmas Message in Scripture

The Early Promise And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.—Genesis 3:14-15 KJV The people that walked in darkness.....
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A Remembrance: Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers

by Ronald W. Kirk  The following poem “Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers” comes from a great volume of poetry for children, The Home Book of Verse for Young People. Thanks to my literary mentor Rosalie Slater of the Foundation for American Christian Education, this book formed the centerpiece of our poetry literature program for the elementary grades at the Maste.....
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