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The GUSTO! program at King of Glory Lutheran Church (KoG) will be visiting the Museum of Biblical Arts on Tuesday, May 22nd, at 10 a.m. The program is usually held  on Monday, but the museum is closed on Monday. I visited the museum for a Religion Communicators Council  (RCC)  meeting last year. My comments will be after the following description.

The Museum of Biblical Art, rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2005, is a cultural crossroads using art to promote tolerance and understanding of the humanities and Western culture. The museum today is larger than the original, featuring over 30,000 square feet of expanded art galleries and exhibits. It is located at 7500 Park Lane in Dallas, just west of NorthPark Center.

The museum hosts a broad array of painting and sculpture by premier artists, from Botticelli to John Singer Sargent to Andy Warhol. Its main attraction is a 40-foot wide mural of the Resurrection by internationally known artist Ron DiCianni. There is also an extensive collection of lithographs by Marc Chagall. Other galleries feature Biblical archaeology, Jewish and Israeli art, religious architecture, and African American, Hispanic and contemporary art.

The museum recently acquired a life-size replica of Michelangelo’s “Pietá,” cast in bronze and authorized by the Vatican. It came directly from the Michelangelo Museum in Florence. Another outstanding exhibit is the “Tapestry of the Centuries” mural by Vladimir Gorsky. This monumental painting illustrates the people and events that shaped world history, from the birth of Jesus through 1999 A.D.

The museum is truly fascinating, particularly the exhibits of art from other religions. The  King James Bible exhibit has been extended until June. The exhibit consists of original Bibles from the private collection of Dr. Charles Ryrie. Last year was the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. I’m looking forward to having time after the tour to properly explore it. The tour does not allow sufficient time to effectively see everything. I was unable to stay after the RCC meeting.

The bus is most likely full at this point, but you can meet at the museum at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Sharon Chapman will collect the $9 admission from each person and pay for the entire group. The tour will conclude with lunch on your own at Northpark Center if you would like. If you plan to meet the group there, e-mail gusto@kingofglory.com or call Sharon Chapman at 214-458-3271. If you do not get a chance to take the tour with the group, be sure to visit the museum on your own when you get the chance. You will not be disappointed.

Peace be with you.

Have you ever wondered while watching NCIS, The Closer, or any of the CSI shows, whether actual investigative units can really do some of the things they do on TV?

Duane Boy will answer that question during his presentation at the King Of Glory Lutheran Church as part of their GUSTO! series of events. Boy will speak at 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, April 10. (Normally held on the second Monday of each month, the meeting will be held on Tuesday due to the Easter weekend.) Boy, a retired DPD police detective, will walk the audience through the process of investigation, from conducting the initial interviews to presenting the case to the district attorney.

Boy, a long-time member of King of Glory, spent 33 years with the Dallas Police Department, retiring in 2011. During that time he handled such diverse cases as the 1991 Asian restaurant robberies, the SMU water-hazing case, and the gang arrest that cleared up 71 home invasion robberies, three kidnappings and the attempted murder of a police officer—not to mention the recovery of Elvis Presley’s motorcycle jacket, which had been stolen from Graceland.His investigation and arrest of a huge-scale counterfeit-music group earned him a Gold Record from the Recording Industry Association of America.

Boy is a South Dakota native, Vietnam veteran, and graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in entomology. He worked as a marine biologist at Texas Instruments until 1977, when he was sidelined with a broken neck. Interestingly, that led to his joining the Dallas Police Department a year later. He served as a patrol officer and undercover operator until 1988, when he became an investigator. He worked property crimes for a few years before moving to robbery cases.

Boy will touch on such steps as processing the crime scene, collecting evidence, developing and interviewing suspects, and compiling the case for prosecution. He’ll also cover what you can do to help an investigation if you are a victim and what you can do to lessen your chances of becoming a victim.

Come at 9:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation, and join us for a reception following the  presentation. The GUSTO! program was created to provide interesting and enlightening experiences for the mature adult community, but all are welcome.

Peace be with you.

Daniel D. Holt

David A Nichols

King Of Glory Lutheran Church’s GUSTO! Program hosted the second in a four-part series of speakers on The Essential Eisenhower, Monday, April 18, at 10 a.m. Daniel D. Holt, former director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, spoke on the topic of General Eisenhower as Architect for Victory in World War II. Holt is currently associated with the Eisenhower Institute and Gettysburg College.

Following the welcome by Sharon Chapman and devotional by Chuck Beck, Jack M. Holl introduced Daniel Holt. Holl is a professor of history emeritus from Kansas State University, an Eisenhower scholar, King of Glory member, and organizer of the Eisenhower series. He was also the first speaker of the series on Monday, April 11 on Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Man from Abilene.

Daniel Holt traced Eisenhower’s distinguished military career with his penchant for strategy and planning. The speaker discussed Eisenhower’s placement in the Philippines to set up a base of operations. Holt also briefly talked about Eisenhower’s rather tenuous relationship with General Douglas MacArthur.

During the question and answer period, a gentleman in the audience asked David Holt if Dwight Eisenhower had ever served in combat during his many years of service.

“No,” replied Holt. “You don’t send a guy like that into combat. You want him back planning strategy.”

David A Nichols continued the series on Monday, April 25, speaking on “Eisenhower’s Biggest International Challenge: Peace in the Middle East.” Nichols is a leading authority on the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. His new book, Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis – Suez and the Brink of War, published by Simon & Schuster, has received favorable reviews in Newsweek and the Dallas Morning News. Sharon Chapman again presented the welcome preceding Dick Hanson’s devotional. Jack M. Holl introduced David Nichols.

Nichols began with a short talk on his previous book, A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution, at Holl’s request. He explained that, contrary to the opinion of those that believe Eisenhower was inactive on civil rights, Eisenhower was very proactive in promoting civil rights and desegregation. Among his major accomplishments were the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 (the first civil rights act since Reconstruction), desegregating the District of Columbia, and sending troops to the desegregation crisis at a Little Rock, Arkansas high school.

The majority of Nichols presentation centered on the subject of Eisenhower 1956, a year of crisis for Eisenhower following his heart attack in September of 1955. In the later part of 1956, in addition to his doctor’s concern for his health with lack of sleep and rising blood pressure, Eisenhower faced the Suez Canal crisis, a crisis in Hungary as the Kremlin attacked the country, and a campaign for an election he professed to no longer caring if he won. Admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in October, doctors removed a cancerous tumor from Eisenhower’s colon.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was re-elected and would go on to sign the Civil Rights legislation and would oversee Sputnik and the creation of NASA. Nichols outlined the crises of 1956 in eloquent and knowledgeable fashion, referring to parts of his book for addtional information. He remained after the talk to autograph books and answer further questions.

Jack Holl will conclude the series he organized and started with his Man from Abilene presentation. On May 2nd, Holl will speak on Eisenhower and America’s Civil Religion. The Eisenhower Series is a GUSTO! Series – part of the ongoing GUSTO! program. GUSTO! is a life group for mature adults. The last event for the 2010-2011 school year is a two-part series on Issues in the Holy Land. Monday, May 9th will be from a Palestinian perspective and May 23rd will be from a Israeli perspective. Both events begin at 10 a.m. GUSTO! activities will resume in August.

Peace be with you.      

              Susan Chapman                                                                                                      Jack M. Holl

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