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Bobby was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1996. Representative Franklin was born in Birmingham, Alabama on Feb. 13, 1957, to Robert and Betty Franklin, along with two older sisters. His father was a Coca-Cola salesman. He earned a degree in Biblical Studies and Business Administration from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain and moved to Cobb County in 1992, where he was self-employed as a business consultant. Bobby said, “I go into businesses and help them figure out how to do things a little bit better.” Representative Franklin’s private sector experience as corporate controller, CFO, and business analyst enabled him to bring sound business and fiscal principles to government. He had a record of consistently advocating for reducing the tax burden on Georgia citizens.

Representative Franklin, an active member in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the US until his death, had been called “the conscience of the Republican Caucus” because he believed that civil government should return to its biblically and constitutionally defined role.

Difficulties About Baptism by Bannerman, written in 1898, was written, as the subtitle states, for young people. Bannerman stated in the first part (Part I) of his article, “A young believer is apt to … take one or two isolated texts in what he supposes to be their natural sense, without troubling himself to look beyond them or to consider their historic connection, and so to draw premature conclusions. Now, the Baptist argument, as I have said already, has a distinct advantage here. It is very simple, easily put, and easily understood. It seems quite convincing, so long as you do not go beyond Matt. 3:15, Mark 16:16, and Rom. 6:4, and while you interpret these verses from the standpoint of the twentieth century instead of from the standpoint of the first disciples.”

On the seafront in St Andrews, Scotland, bordering the Old Course just behind the luxurious McDonald Hotel, stands a monument with the names of four Protestant martyrs: Patrick Hamilton, Henry Forest, George Wishart and Walter Mill. These men were burned at the stake, the first in 1528 and the last in 1558. This photo was taken when Harrison and I visited St Andrews in 2005. “Their deliverance was in the resurrection of the dead, not in a rescue.”

Cornelius Van Til was one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the twentieth century. He revolutionized Christian apologetics, the field of study specializing in defending the faith. Van Til developed what is known as “presuppositional” apologetics, but he thought of it as simply the consistently Reformed method of defending the faith.

Much has been written about him in the last twenty years or so, but it is John R. Muether’s recent biography that is the most complete: Cornelius Van Til: Reformed Apologist and Churchman (P & R Publishing, 2008).

Confrontational Politics by H.L. Richardson

Bill Richardson served as a California state senator from 1966-88. Richardson was a pioneer in organizing and activating a conservative agenda. He successfully operated in California and nationally for Second amendment freedom, for the death penalty, recalling radical judges—all this in California, the left coast!

This small book packs a lot of political punch from one who has had better than average success in the political-conservative cause.