May 16, 2005

Memorial Day at Brown Farm Coming Soon

Memorial Day (May 30) is one of my favorite days of the entire year. Our church invites the
whole community to honor veterans. We feed hundreds of people, invite speakers
to tell the great stories of valor that make America great, and give prominence to the
message that God is Sovereign in history and that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the sinners of the world.

Plus, it is an opportunity to honor my own father, Bill Brown who served our country in WWII as a P51 Mustang pilot in the Pacific theatre of the war.

We joyfully serve all who come. It is truly a great experience for all in our church and neighbors like Lester Barham and the Bulmans, who help us. Plus, we load the speakers platform with men who understand the goodness of God Almighty and who are not afraid to speak boldly about Him.

Doug Phillips from Vision Forum will be coming and mounting the speakers platform
to tell stories of heroic fathers and their honoring sons. Plus he will show some footage
from the Faith of Our Fathers Film Project.

The Vision Forum Faith of Our Fathers film team recently returned from a never-to-be-repeated “journey of honor.” From Fredericksburg, Texas to Houston to Los Angeles to Hawaii to Japan to Guam to Iwo Jima to Guam to Japan to the Punchbowl of Oahu to Kauai to Honolulu to Los Angeles to Houston to home — we traveled through the Pacific with one of the most remarkable groups of World War II veterans assembled in the twenty-first century. These are the heroes of Iwo Jima — eighty-seven men in their seventies, eighties, and nineties — in the twilight of their lives — who have returned to the battlefield of their youth on a mission of remembrance

Dr. David Lanier will be singing Robert E Lee, and Jeb Stuart's favorite hymns
as well as Stonewall Jackson’s last requested hymn.

Paul Newby, North Carolina Supreme Court Justice will open in prayer

Bill Brown, Buck Bunn and Bill Henderson will pull out the stops and let the wisdom flow.

Mark Manney, will share his story of service in Vietnam

Theodus Strickland, Korean War Veteran will bring a very touching musical piece

Howard Townsend will come to tell us about one of his great lessons
from the Vietnam War

Joe Wirtz, President of The Cultural Commission," will help us remember the great sacrifices of our servicemen by reading the casualty list.

The North Carolina Brass Quintet, headed this hear by Ben Shaw will bring us the sound of the Big Bands.

Lester Barham, pictured below, will be crew boss for cooking the pigs again this year.
It doesn't get any better than that...

I can hardly wait for this day... Please come and let us get to know you.

May 07, 2005

My Mother - The Best Mom in the World

Tribute To My Mother
Mary Brown

She smiles whenever she is talking with you...

Because she smiles on the future (Proverbs 31)

My mother is one of the most loving people I have ever known.

Plus, she always has fun.

My mother is the constant companion and fan of my dad.
Here they are last year at the WWII Memorial on the Mall in Washington DC.

My mother is a servant par excellence. In February, we were in her home in Fredericksburg Texas during the Iwo Jima Commemoration and she must have fed 250 people -
whomever happened to drop in - over a three day period – without breaking a sweat.

She cries when she's happy.

She cries when she's sad.

She cries when my wife cries.

She'll cry when she reads this BLOG.

She has a very very soft heart – in the most positive ways.

Here she is during one of our many happy days together in Williamsburg on a very cold day.

My mother is a wonderful grandmother. I often catch her with Claudia playing DressUp or crawling on the ground playing “runaway slave”. Or, they might play “orphan” (means parents are tragically killed and now living with horrible poor relatives and they run away) or ‘Prairie” (means minimalist life, cooking on open fire, washing clothes in the pond, digging holes and living in a hay loft). My mother plays right along as one of the characters.

One day I was coming through our house and saw my mother on her hands and knees. I was startled and worried because she was in her mid seventies. Then I saw my littlest daughter Claudia right in front of her crawling on her hands and knees. I said, “mom, what are you doing? She said, “Scott, we are playing “Runaway Slave”. Without skipping a beat they kept
sneaking away through the maize of obstacles in our barn.

My mother always has time.
She reads books to my children whenever she is around.
Like Deborah, she is a great reader.

Below, she plays tea party with my daughters and Ellie Mestas.

She lets her grand daughters play beautician with her hair.

She adores her husband of almost sixty years.

Here is my Mom at our Annual Memorial Day Picnic on my farm in Wake Forest.

She loves the Lord with all her heart.

She is my MOM and I love her to death.

Happy Mother's Day Mom.

Aint She a Beaut!

May 02, 2005

Our First Lady's "Coarse Jesting"

It is never safe to make moral commentary on a president's actions – as John the Baptist found out. But I will now, after reading the following CNN report.

"First lady treats husband to rib and roast"

"Laura Bush takes stage for stand-up routine poking fun at George
Sunday, May 1, 2005 Posted: 10:54 AM EDT (1454 GMT)
The president began a speech late Saturday at the 91st annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, but was quickly "interrupted" by his wife in an obviously planned ploy.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Laura Bush stole the show with a surprise comedy routine that ripped President Bush and brought an audience that included much of official Washington and a dash of Hollywood to a standing ovation at a dinner honoring award-winning journalists.

I assumed I was safe to click on the video clip of the First Lady’s comments.

What was disturbing was the sexual innuendo and tasteless lack of respect that filled the first lady’s monologue. She shamelessly used imagery of strip clubs and other immoral scenes that I cannot find the right words to describe. The President and other attendees seemed to think it was funny.

The moral fabric is rotting – not only from the bottom up, but also from the top down. Ephesians 5:1-7 gives us the kind of direction we need in times like these:

"But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks."