Discipline (Hebrews 12:3-12)

Erik DiVietroErik DiVietro, 10 August, 2014
Part of the Shadows: Jesus in the Book of Hebrews series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Shadows: Jesus in the Book of Hebrews series, part 24.

ADD Fact Check:

It is true the Spirit of St. Louis did not have any forward-facing windows.

The launch of Sputnik scared a lot of people:

The Soviet launch of Sputnik on October 4th, 1957, plunged the American people into black despair. In one dramatic stroke, the Russians had undermined the credibility of the United States as a modern, dynamic nation. Worse still, it seemed that if the Russians could put a satellite into orbit, they could surely fire intercontinental ballistic missiles at American cities with deadly accuracy, a point made repeatedly by Senator Lyndon Johnson, the Democratic frontrunner in the race for the presidency. He warned his fellow Americans that, if they did not wake up to the problem, before long the Russians ‘will be dropping bombs on us from space like kids dropping rocks onto cars from freeway overpasses.' (From History Today, The Dark Side of the Moon)

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I'm going to disagree with the assertion that the Soviets could not, using the mathematics of the time, successfully bomb a target from space. If one can get a satellite into orbit, there's not much difference in bombing something from orbit. There are many other practical reasons that bombs-from-space are not the best choices for nuclear weapon deployment, including orbital decay, payload capacities, and dangers to the satellite from the orbital environment.

Indeed, the US and Soviets had intercontinental ballistic missiles as early as 1957, and the Germans were working on them a decade earlier. (See Space also isn't a very safe place to keep things long term: An ICBM was a much better method for delivering a nuclear payload, and still remains so.

However, Eric says the source for this assertion is Bill Bryson's, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir, so the assertion isn't without some credit.


About Erik DiVietro: Teaching pastor of Bedford Road Baptist Church, Merrimack, New Hampshire. Check out his blog at
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Hebrews 12:3-12

3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; (KJV)

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