July 30, 2015
A woman was relaxing on her porch one afternoon when a very tired-looking dog wandered into her yard, lumbered up the porch steps, sank down, and promptly fell asleep.
About an hour later, the dog got up and walked away.
The next day the dog was back. It wearily climbed the steps, lay down on the porch, and fell asleep.
This happened several days in succession. One day the woman attached a note to the dog’s collar that read, “Every afternoon your dog comes and takes a nap on my porch.”
The following day, the dog arrived with a different note pinned to its collar: “He lives in a home with eight children. He’s just trying to catch up on his sleep.”
July 28, 2015
1. Go to a second-hand store and buy a pair of men’s used size 16 work boots.
2. Put the boots on your front porch, along with a copy of Guns & Ammo Magazine.
3. Put a few large dog dishes next to the boots and magazines.
4. Leave a note on the front door that reads:
Hey Bubba — Me, Big Jim, and Duke went for more ammunition. Back in an hour. Don’t mess with the pit bulls, they attacked the mailman this morning and messed him up real bad. I locked all four of ’em in the house. Better wait outside. — Mike
July 24, 2015
John Newton was born in London on July 24, 1725. At the age of eleven he went to sea with his father, a ship’s captain. After his father’s retirement, John signed on with a merchant ship sailing to the Mediterranean. He later served a brief and unsuccessful stint in the Royal Navy, after which he joined the crew of a slave ship bound for West Africa. But the ship’s crew found him troublesome, and they left him with an African slave dealer named Amos Clowe, who gave him to his wife as her slave.
In 1748 Newton was rescued by friends of his father and returned to England. He continued his involvement in the slave trade for many years, despite his own experience as a slave, and despite having undergone a religious conversion on one of his voyages. He did not become a true abolitionist until many years after a stroke had forced him to retire from active involvement in the slave trade.
In 1788, Newton published a pamphlet, Thoughts Upon the Slave Trade, in which he described the horrible conditions on the slave ships, and wrote that “It will always be a subject of humiliating reflection to me, that I was once an active instrument in a business at which my heart now shudders.” He joined in the efforts of William Wilberforce and other abolitionists in Parliament to outlaw the slave trade, and he lived to see the passage of the Slave Trade Act on March 25, 1807. Nine months later, he died in London, the city of his birth.
John Newton is best remembered today as the author of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” In 1982, 175 years after his death, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.