Monday, April 27, 2015

Dick Shaw—Now with the Lord



John 17:24 Jesus prayed--"Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world."



I don’t know where I would start or stop in sharing about the life of a dear friend, Dick Shaw.   I wanted to share these resources because Dick’s testimony has touched so many people.

His obituary:
Richard Elden Shaw, age 85, left this world and entered into the presence of his Lord and his loved ones in Heaven on Thursday, April 16, 2015.
Richard Elden Shaw was born on April 19, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois where his parents, Harvey and Vera Shaw, were studying for the ministry at Moody Bible Institute. On October 5, 1951 he married Evelyn Gillow at Oak Grove Methodist Church, south of Burlington. 


In 1937, Richard and his family traveled to France for language study, and then to French Equatorial Africa (now the Central African Republic) to serve as missionaries. In 1942, when Richard was thirteen years old, the ship carrying his family home to America for furlough was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine. Richard's parents and one sister, Georgia, died as a result of the sinking; and Richard, another sister Donna, and seventeen others drifted for twenty days on a life raft in the Caribbean Sea until their rescue. After living in various foster homes in several states, Richard moved to Burlington, Iowa in 1945, and was hired at the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad shops in West Burlington as an electrician apprentice. He was employed at the CB&Q and the Burlington Northern Railroad for forty-four years, retiring as an electrician in 1989.


Richard joined the U.S. Navy in 1946 and was stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and on Midway Island. For the next four years, he served on the destroyers USS Blue and USS Klondike, studied and taught judo, and during his time on Midway also served as a firefighter. Originally given his discharge in 1950, several months later Richard was recalled as a reservist to serve in the Korean War. In that tour of duty, he served aboard the minesweeper USS Symbol, and was a member of one of the Navy's early underwater demolition teams that in later years would become the Navy Seals. At the end of his service in Korea in 1952 he returned to Burlington, his family and his job with the railroad; and in 1954 he received his final discharge from the U.S. Naval Reserve. Several years later Richard began studies through Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, to become an ordained minister. Receiving his ordination in 1962, he served several area churches as an interim pastor, and for four years he ministered as a chaplain the prison in Mt. Pleasant. Richard also served as a chaplain in several area nursing homes, led many home Bible study classes, and preached in numerous area churches and schools, sharing the story of his experiences and of God's mercy and grace in his life. Richard was a member of Harmony Bible Church and also attended Burlington Baptist Church, was a member of the Burlington Civil War Roundtable, and chaplain of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #1759. He also was a member and chaplain of the Railroad Retirees Club. Richard enjoyed following the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, visiting with friends at the Hungry Bear restaurant and in the GRMC cafeteria and spending time with his grandchildren. After retiring, Richard and Evelyn enjoyed traveling to North Carolina and spending time at the coast.


Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Shaw of Burlington; his children, David (Jan) Shaw of Coralville, Iowa, Nancy (Mark) Spell of Timberlake, North Carolina and Ruth (Bryan) Hobbs of Burlington; his grandchildren, Andrew (Hilary) Wilkinson, Alicia Houston, Nathaniel Houston, Kara Houston, Jared Shaw and Evan Shaw; six great-grandchildren, Paige, Tate, DaVeion, LaRiyah, Kaydnce and Max; his sister, Donna (Bill) Taylor of Conway Arkansas and nieces and nephews.


In 2012, I posted video clips on Dick’s 70th anniversary of being rescued at sea.


A few years ago he told his story to our congregation on a Sunday evening.  The mp3 can be downloaded from burlingtonbaptistchurch.org  click here http://burlingtonbaptistchurch.org/System/Media/Play.asp?id=51422&Key=1ACB0F52-78BF-409D-97E4-42D5BA592544

The obituary and video of his funeral service can be viewed here:

**(the video on the left is the funeral service)

You can read about his journey at sea: 

                                  click on the titles to take you to the link

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Newsweek’s Ridiculous Article on the Bible








Dr. Albert Mohler said that, "It is one of the most irresponsible articles ever to appear in a journalistic guise."                                                                 

Read Mohler's article: 
Newsweek on the Bible — So Misrepresented It’s a Sin

Fox News: Hit Piece on the Bible?! Newsweek Slammed for 'Open Attack' on Christians
[ check out Mohler's bio here ]


Dr. Dan Wallace says, "Eichenwald makes so many outrageous claims, based on a rather slender list of named scholars (three, to be exact), that one has to wonder how this ever passed any editorial review." 


[ check out Wallace's bio here ]



Dr. Michael Kruger states that the article, "goes so far beyond the standard polemics, and is so egregiously mistaken about the Bible at so many places, that the magazine should seriously consider a public apology to Christians everywhere."


A Christmas Gift from the Mainstream Media: Newsweek Takes a Desperate Swipe at the Integrity of the Bible (Part 2)

[ check out Kruger's bio here ]

Dr. James White did a 90 minute program and said it was "a review and refutation of this horrifically biased, erroneous, and just plain anti-Christian cover article in the current issue of Newsweek magazine."

[ check out White's bio here ]

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Power of Christian Music


When you think about how Christian music has great themes of the attributes of our Triune God, the glories of our redemption or the struggles of the Christian walk; have you ever thought about how Christian music disciples believers?  Music that has great Christian themes teach us and embed in us great biblical themes that are used to help us in our Christian walk.

This aspect of discipleship is true whether we are talking about contemporary Christian music or hymns.  I love great hymns like: Holy, Holy, Holy; And Can it Be; Amazing Grace; Be Thou My Vision; and Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing . . .  and I truly enjoy singing “contemporary” music like: Forever; Everlasting God; God of Wonders; Here I Am to Worship; In Christ Alone; Mighty to Save; and 10,000 Reasons.

Now many of the songs listed above I can easily sing with other believers in a church setting or conference.  However, there are also songs that have deeply impacted my Christian walk that are only used for personal listening and worship.  What I mean by personal listening is that I have never heard of congregations using them.  I had a great time recently when I reminisced how the Lord used certain music to really minister to me in my early Christian years.  I recommend taking some time to listen to the songs the Lord used at different times in your life to minister to you.  

Song: Without Him We Can Do Nothing by Petra 




Song: Let Everything That Hath Breath by Petra



Song: Praise Ye the Lord by Petra 





Song: The Word Stands Forever by Ruscha



Learn about there background in Russia here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivLPo7EJfY4

Song: Man With A Mission by The Allies




Go ahead and take the time to look up the older songs that the Lord used in your life many years ago...