Fellow Compatriots in the Chaplains' Corps and Friends:
This is a time for celebration! This is the one hundredth (100th) issue of the Chaplains' Corps Chronicles. In August, Anno Domini 2005 the first issue of this e-journal was dispatched for God's glory and to help spread the good news of salvation in Christ the Son of God; and for the purpose of networking with SCV chaplains. Also, there is the intention of providing informative information on the Confederate chaplains for anyone interested. There is a need of identifying as many of the chaplains laboring in the Confederate armies as possible. The neglect of these men has gone on too long.
Perhaps it would be appropriate to repeat the first editorial.
I send greetings to all fellow chaplains from the "Briar Patch" in Spout Spring, Virginia. Our Confederate forefathers had a much greater difficulty communicating with one another than we do with all our electronic gadgets. However, the need for good communications is indispensable. Perhaps at times we can use this chronicle as a method of providing vital information.
Will you participate? Perhaps you have found a way of having a greater impact on your camp or division. Would you share it? Some of you could provide pertinent articles.
Some of the men in the Confederacy have relayed information to me at meetings or reunions. With all of the fanfare that goes on at such times it is difficult to remember the details of conversations. Would you use the Chaplain's Corps Chronicles to inform us?
We also need the e-mail addresses of chaplains in the Confederacy to add to this list. Will you help? I know we all have hectic schedules. Most of us have many hats that we wear, but if you want something done, they say, find someone who is busy.
Interestingly the first issue had news of a Chaplains Conference which was scheduled for November of 2005 at the same location as the one for 2014—Providence Baptist Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
In that issue was the article The Soldier's Grave: A Chaplain's Story which was written by a Confederate chaplain. We need to honor those men and seek to be better Christians and faithful chaplains in the SCV.
Oh, that this publication would have the blessings of the Lord to continue upon it as long as it remains faithful to the gospel truth which was the same preached by the Confederate Chaplains of the past; also we need to remain true to the history of the South and the Confederacy. The danger is the departure from Biblical and doctrinal truth along with an embracing of the distorted ideas of faulty teachings. Perhaps the Book Reviews in this issue will help in distinguishing truth.
There is a danger of imbibing revisionist history with its multitudes of distortions. How can those who renounce and reject Christ as God and Saviour write history that understands the Christian culture of the Old South?
Readers please be in prayer regarding the upcoming Chaplain's Conference at Providence Baptist Church facility in Harrisonburg, VA. The date to put on your calendar is June 19-20.
Please find in this issue our Chaplain-in-Chief's message to the reader. Then our Chaplain-in-Chief gives us an article revealing what the Lord does and that is He brings Light Out of Darkness. Your editor has provided an article dealing with one of the activities of those of the Chaplains Corps, The Confederate Chaplain as a Scribe. This issue as usual includes A Confederate Sermon, submitted by Chaplain Kenneth Studdard. This sermon is by Rev. John Lafayette Girardeau on The Discretionary Power of the Church and this is part two of three. Our Book Review is actually an overview of Confederate Theological Writings and is supplied by your editor.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Editor H. Rondel Rumburg
[Compatriots, if you know of any members of the Chaplains' Corps or others who would like to receive this e-journal, please let us have their names and e-mail addresses. Also, feel free to send copies of this journal to anyone you think would like to receive it.]
"I went into the war because my vote had been unable to preserve the peace."--Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1868