Jesus’ Parables of God’s Reign
Jesus’ Parables of God’s Reign is the text of the teachings Dr. Blair presented at the 2013 Evangelicals Concerned Fall Festival in Ocean Grove, NJ, October 11-13, 2013. On the first evening, he presented biographical background on four Christians we honor in this, their bicentennial year:
David Livingstone – Soren Kierkegaard – Robert Murray M’Cheyne – Jemima Thompson Luke
Sermons from the weekend are available here.
In the Year of our Lord 1813
It’s 1813 and the War of 1812 drags on – the “wars and rumors of wars” of which Jesus forewarned a fallen race. The British and Americans battle each other on Lake Erie and Long Island Sound, at Buffalo, Plattsburg and Toronto. Explorer Zebulon Pike is one of the casualties. John Lawrence’s command, “Don’t Give Up the Ship”, will become our Navy’s motto. On September 7th, The Troy (NY) Post creates “Uncle Sam”. Other “peace” papers follow. (In 2013, Time magazine will rate “Uncle Sam” as one of the 100 Most Influential People Who Never Lived.) James Madison begins his second term as president, the first Federal vaccination law is enacted, Congress authorizes steamship use for transporting mail and patents are granted for rubber and for the making of coal gas.
Three signers of The Declaration of Independence die: Benjamin Rush, Robert Livingston and George Clymer. Among our births of 1813: Henry Ward Beecher, who’ll lead the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn Heights. On Sunday mornings, ferryboat dockings at Brooklyn’s pier will announce simply, “Beecher!” Susan Fenimore Cooper is born – the daughter of our first world-renowned novelist. A Christian naturalist, she’ll write against the vote for women! Others are John C. Fremont, abolitionist and first Republican Presidential candidate, Nathaniel Currier of Currier & Ives, Stephen Douglas, who, famously, will debate Abraham Lincoln. And, Montgomery Blair is born – Lincoln’s postmaster general who’ll introduce regular city delivery and money orders. Read more →