Little Joe Cartwright at Seminary

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Not many people know this, but there was a time when Bonanza ‘s Little Joe Cartwright attended seminary college. Apparently concerned that he was a bit too avidly embracing the spirit of the place, Timothy “Toots” LaRue, the chancellor of Dusty Trails Divinity, sent Joe back to Ponderosa after only one semester. This is the only known picture of Joe from that brief and somewhat incongruent chapter of his life.

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  • amelia

    John, do you really want to pull the 'right to bear arms' trigger, or am I way off target? :) Perhaps we can discuss whether followers of Christ really need to own a gun, anyways…

    • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

      I don't have a gun, but I really want one. But they're EXPENSIVE. Plus, now I live in a neighborhood where ever needing one seems a lot less likely than it has at any other time of my life. I've always wanted a gun, though, to be honest. But I don't have kids. I DO have a deep need to have the final word on anyone who breaks into my house, though.

      • LoneWolf

        Hear hear! A quality pistol is $800+. That's more than I make in a month.

      • amelia

        duel-y noted (sorry, couldn't help myself) :)…

        Everyone in my family knows I'm a pacifist, yet my Dad insisted on giving me his double-barrell shot gun before leaving this earth. He always thought it was ironic that I could shoot a salteen cracker from 30 yards with a 22, so the gun was more of a joke. I have a deadly aim with a recurve bow, too.

        But do Christians really need to own a weapon?

        • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

          Only if they want to stop someone from, say, raping their wife, or torturing their child. Then, yeah.

          • Don Whitt

            Amelia, I have trouble with that question, too. And the notion of a "Just War" as well. Seems antithetical to loving your neighbor or turning the other cheek.

            And that's NOT a picture of Little Joe – that's a young Steven Seagal on the set of "Gimme That Old Time Justice".

          • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

            Oh, my gosh, Don. Yours is SO MUCH BETTER!!!

          • amelia

            yeah, I remember contemplating a Just War in philosophy along with Umberto Eco’s ‘Five Moral Pieces.’ But that was before I became a Christian. I just wonder how people who truly feel like they follow Christ’s teaching of non-violence and simple living can possibly think it’s o.k. to sacrifice another one of God’s creation for their own benefit. I understand the difficulty in reconciling this idea, so I am very respectful of all responses.

          • http://none Don Rappe

            I thought it was 2'd amendment Jesus.

      • Matthew Tweedell

        "If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic….if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back."

  • http://allegro63.blogspot.com/ Sylvie Galloway

    Ah. the perfect thing to come home to after sitting in a world religion class for the past hour and a half.

    Thanks for the chuckle!

    • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

      So what religion IS the world? I'm guessing pagan. Because of all the … earth worshipping.

      • http://allegro63.blogspot.com/ Sylvie Galloway

        hee!

  • Carol Ferguson

    I think he was in my Hermeneutics class at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

      That is just too, too funny.

  • mark

    I always thought that flat hat looked a little too suspiciously like a halo!

    P.S. Of course, Christians NEED to own guns. You just peer through the little vee, center the sight at the notch, then lead your target…………………………………..

    ………………..By example!

    • amelia

      clever. :) But why would someone who advocates any instance where a weapon is used call himself a follower of Christ?

      • http://none Don Rappe

        This keeps being a good question. Yet Peter had a sword and in one version was the first to confess Christ. I'm still digesting recently learning that Iris Chang took her own life. There seem to me to be moments when one might wish for a woman with good aim and a powerful weapon. I suppose that's the Old Adam in me talking.

        • amelia

          Don R, would you explain that last post further, please?

  • mark

    Oh, by the way, I have owned TWO handguns for over ten years………never even fired 'em, heck, not even sure where they are.

    I'm a little disorganized.

    • Don Whitt

      Mark. Please be careful. Find the guns. Make sure they're unloaded and lock them up where no one can get to them unless you let them. If you have grandkids (or any kids) around, this is especially important. I'm a range safety officer, trained/familiar with guns and what you've got are a couple poisonous snakes roaming your house unescorted.

      • Don Whitt

        Sorry – that sounded very dramatic…just be careful, okay ? :-)

    • http://none Don Rappe

      They're probably in the hands of a couple of 7'th graders in Chicago guarding the corner dope dealer.

  • http://luwandi.wordpress.com Beth Luwandi

    what a waste of a good handgun! They're mighty fun! :)

    • http://luwandi.wordpress.com Beth Luwandi

      if interested in my gun-handling history: http://wp.me/pSfxx-8h. And sorry I don't know how to hot link that little sucker.

      • amelia

        Awesome Beth! Wow, and I thought I was the only kid who grew up with game meat hanging in the yard for the entire school bus to gawk at when I got home…now I just stick with fish. I do like to take the kids fishing. :) Hope you stay around…

        • http://luwandi.wordpress.com Beth Luwandi

          Thanks Amelia!

          Mark and Don, it IS a wonder we survived childhood. Well, I should say it's a wonder I survived my own.

          (You'll understand if you read my link already.)

  • Bill

    I have military officer sons who know how to handle hand guns and gave me a 9mm Rugar several years ago. One of the things they impressed upon me was the danger of owning a hand gun without knowing how to use it safely…..and effectively if necessary. That requires practice with it which is an expensive proposition. Ammunition isn't cheap. I no longer have the gun.

    My advice to Mark, above, would be to learn to use those guns or get rid of them. Owning a gun you don't know how to use but might try to use in a threatening moment can be more dangerous than being defenseless.


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