Category: General blog stuff

Aaaaaand We’re Back…

welcome-backTime flies when you’re having fun, according to the old saying. I would say it hurries along quite rapidly regardless of whether or not one is pleasantly engaged. That being said, after a more than one-year hiatus, I am returning to the website which bears my name. Like my physical self, it no longer resides at the address it used to. Thanks to an eager internet capitalist, my former domain,, is now priced at a healthy $799. While I commend the effort, it will have to be another Marcus Buckley who buys that one. I rectified the problem by adding the prefix for “Doctor” in front, and the price dropped to one percent of the now-absconded-with former domain. My name is worth less with my doctorate attached than it was without. Who knew?

Anyhow, please take note that is the new domain. If you’d like to take a look and learn more about the church where I am lead pastor, check out

The Key to Blogging Is Consistency? Oops

I can give you a lot of reasons why I haven’t posted on my website in the last decade. I can use the excuse of working on my doctoral dissertation. Or this or that. The fact of the matter is I just haven’t done it. I’ve cheated by posting short blurbs on Facebook and Twitter, but it isn’t the same. So I’ve officially asked a few key people to keep me accountable about regularly posting on this site. We’ll see how that works out.

If you have topics you would like me to address, or questions you would like to ask, feel free to send me an email to I’d love to write about things you’re dealing with or interested in. In the meantime, we’ll see about getting this thing going again.

Way Behind on Posting Videos, But You Can Still See Them

Even though I have a crushing backlog of videos to get up on the ‘net, you can get DVDs of all of our Sunday morning services and Wednesday night (Revelation Verse by Verse) class. Just call the church office at (864) 879-4400, and we would be glad to send you the DVDs of your choice. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated to help keep the costs down. We want anyone to have them that want them, and donations to help cover the costs go a long way in making that possible. All DVD donations go right back into our media ministry.

Questions About The Bible? Ask Away!

I always encourage people to ask lots of questions in the classes I teach, and have had some people start to email them so I can address them that way. I you have a question about something I’ve written, something you’ve heard me preach or teach about, or anything else related to Christian theology and the Bible, feel free to send them my way. You can post them here as a comment, or email them to me at I’ll answer them as best I can based on what the Bible teaches here on the blog–if you have that question, other people probably do, too. There’s no such thing as a dumb question, so let’s hear from you!

“A Date Which Will Live In Infamy”

On this date in 1941, Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In remembrance of that fateful day, I thought I’d post up FDR’s speech to Congress asking for a declaration of war against Japan. It serves as a reminder of just how dangerous the world really is, and how the unexpected is just around the corner.

To the Congress of the United States

Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

This morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounding determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.