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"No one…,” is the unequivocal subject of six quotations by Christ in the book of John. They comprise the most important message that can enter the mind of man—how God saves sinners. His words are simple enough for a youth to grasp, profound enough to stagger the mind of an intellectual.

In this age of rampant relativism, it can’t get any more negative than “No one…,” but these are Jesus’ words. They are the heart of the gospel, as far removed from a negative message as the east is from the west—absolute truth in pure white bold font, written on the bloodstained palm of a Savior who loves his own infinitely and eternally. Lord willing, the Son of God’s own words can change your life, or the life of someone you love, in an evening of reading.

Still the Noblest Calling


[Reprinted by permission of the Wall Street Journal]

I visited with three old friends recently at a park in my town. It seems like only yesterday that we were all together, but actually it had been 28 years. There was a crowd at the park that day, and it took us awhile to connect, but with the aid of a computer we made it. I found Lance at Panel 54W, line 037, Lynn over at Panel 51W, line 032, and Vince down at line 103 on Panel 27W. We were gung-ho young fighter pilots in Vietnam, the cream of the crop of the US Air Force pilot training system, and now their names are on that 250-foot-long, half-size model of the Vietnam Memorial that moves around the country. I had intentionally avoided visiting the wall when it came to town in years past, because I did not trust myself to behave in a composed manner, but after nearly three decades it was time to try for some closure on this issue. I told my wife that I preferred to go alone, if that was all right, and, truth be known, I nearly backed out at that.

Standing in front of that somber wall, I tried to keep it light, reminiscing about how things were back then. We used to joke about the psychiatric term for a passionate love affair with inanimate flying objects—we flew F-100’s—and we marveled at the thought that the taxpayers actually paid us to do this “work.” We were not draftees, but college graduates there by choice, opting for the cramped confines of a jet fighter cockpit over the comfort of corporate America. In all my life I’ve not been so passionate about any other work. If that sounds like an exaggeration, then you’ve never danced the wild blue with a supersonic angel.

I vividly remember the Sunday afternoon, in the summer of ‘68, when we flew out of Travis Air Force Base, California, on a troop transport headed for Vietnam. Lynn, Lance and I crowded around the same porthole and watched the Golden Gate Bridge disappear below broken clouds. We had gone through fighter pilot school together and had done some serious bonding. In an exceedingly rare moment of youthful fighter pilot humility, I wondered if I would live to see that bridge again. For reasons I still don’t understand, I was the only one of the three who did....



SELECTED WORKS

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From a heartland farm through the Orient aflame to the Old World in a Cold War, at the tip of a supersonic spear—a single-seat jet fighter; then from the metropolitan madness of post-modern America and Europe through Florida’s slothful Suncoast and the Delectable Mountains of the Blue Ridge to a laid-back life on the road, I’m a blessed soul. This is the story of Grace in my Growing Season.
No Time To Waste is a chilling combat memoir, a gripping gospel story—to hell and back and glory beyond by God’s grace alone. It's a true tale of amazing grace at Pearl Harbor and Guadalcanal aboard the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco; under the South Pacific aboard the submarine USS Queenfish on all five victorious war patrols; over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in an F-100; and in the hearts of two veterans—cultural curmudgeons—long after their combat days were over.
“No one…” is the unequivocal subject of six quotations by Christ in the book of John. They comprise the most important message that can enter the mind of man—how God saves sinners. His words are simple enough for a youth to grasp, profound enough to stagger the mind of an intellectual.
NEW REVISED EDITION IN EBOOK. Duty. Honor. My country, right or wrong, drives the young fighter pilots of Dusty Squadron, from flack in the face above the A Shau Valley to the canned hellfire of napalm in the jungle to midnight gunfights over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Top Gun F-100 pilot John Ellsworth, the impetuous Son of Thunder, is the most zealous of the lot, and he pays dearly. A story of redemption in a disastrous war that changed the American culture, and the awful price of heroism. A novel.
Short Works
The Wall Street Journal op-ed column
The Tampa Tribune op-ed column
Los Angeles Times op-ed column

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