Contact: Rich Kurz - Page content last updated July 28, 2014
"Knowledge is easy to him who has understanding." Proverbs 13:6b
The purpose here is to tell history so that it makes sense for today.
History is not events separated in time and place from each other.
The "who, what, where, when" are important.
The "why" and "how" are also necessary. The linking of yesterday to today makes it meaningful.
I believe that human nature is constant. The nature of man has not changed in all of recorded history. Circumstances change, but each generation is working out the same basic problems. So, what someone did four thousand years ago can be a lesson for us today. I also believe that history is linear. Human nature may be considered cyclical, but not history. Events are unique expressions of human behavior, just as events in nature are unique from each other. So I am trying to better understand not just the world around us, but our own selves.
My own spiritual beliefs (Christian from the evangelical tradition) lead me to look to a Creator to understand my relationship with Him and within His creation. If you, the reader, do not share my beliefs, I think I have still provided you with a basis to more clearly understand what has gone on before us. I am trusting that we are seeking truth, that which is true for all, anywhere, anytime. Truth is the basis for our understanding. I like how the Apostle Paul puts it:
"For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known." - 1 Corinthians 13:12
The views and opinions expressed here are my own. Your feedback is welcomed. Please direct all questions, comments, suggestions, and complaints regarding these articles to Rich Kurz, their author.
Here is a collection of talks given to T & T boys, 3rd thru 6th grade, in which I/we strive to communicate the breadth and simplicity of Jesus and his teaching.
Our goal is understanding and knowing a Creator who is indeed good.
The result we hope for years down the road is men who are living in Christ-likeness and God-likeness, being and becoming like Jesus who modeled the Father.
Most talks are based on metaphors and visual examples. Try out a couple!
Every once and awhile, I decide I got to say something or respond to what I read in the news or editorial pages.
Many times my letters are not printed. Perhaps I am not politically correct enough. Or perhaps the editor doesn't get my point.
But some make it thru. In the end, politics is not the life-changing answer - it's merely trying to regulate behavior.
After all, laws don't change people's minds. Propaganda will, if it is trumpeted long enough with no opposition.
So I don't hold out real hope that politics or debates will address the heart of the issue, because it is an issue of the heart - not emotion - the heart.
But that leads to another presentation. Someday maybe I will expound on it - when I can better demonstrate it.
That said, for the record, here are some of my views as they are working themselves out.
Conventional Wisdom: What is the Perfect Government for an Imperfect People?
Let's review the major arguments from the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
What were the big stumbling blocks?
What did they understand about government and human nature?
And finally, what does family life teach us about government?
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Play It Again, Sam!: Does History Repeat Itself?
It was a feat unimaginable just a generation before, yet in the space of a few short years this marvel of technology was accomplished in '69. What was it?
He came to the very gates of Moscow only to be driven back - not by military force, but by Mother Russia's winter.
Who was he?
For years military students studied how to attack Pearl Harbor...before 1941!
Which country was it?
Come explore what these events tell us about history and ourselves.
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History and HIS Story: Putting God in History
What do we think about history? What do we think about ourselves? Does history portray reality?
Is history culturally specific? Is history biased? Is history godly? What is history without God?
Does it matter if we talk about history without talking about God?
How is the God of history different from man's understanding of history and God? Come and be challenged.
Let's put God into (and over!) history.
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The Rest of the Story, or History...What's in It for You?
You are sixteen years old. You are preparing to go out into the world. Your whole life is ahead of you.
Why look backwards when your life lies in the future?
It's 8 A.M. Dec. 7th, 1941 at Pearl Harbor - This is NO drill!
You broke the code...did you believe the message?
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We The People/This Bill Is Owed to You