Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Trump’s evangelicals respond to the death of Rush Limbaugh
  2. Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s evangelical family chide him for losing the support of Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and, “most importantly,” Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh. (Also God, but not “most importantly”).
  3. No one is taking away Eric Metaxas’s freedom of speech. People just don’t want to give their platforms to conspiracy theorists
  4. Where is Mike Pence?
  5. American families are boycotting Publix
  6. The Kansas City Star publishes a scathing editorial on Sen. Josh Hawley’s vote to acquit Trump
  7. Mitch McConnell clarifies his vote to acquit Trump in a Wall Street Journal op-ed
  8. Rush Limbaugh dies
  9. The Liberty University Falkirk Center continues to promote evangelical Trumpism
  10. Donald, why don’t you tell us what you REALLY think about Mitch McConnell?

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. It appears we have a direct connection between Seven Mountain Dominionism and the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol
  2. Mike Lindell thought his documentary would be a “miracle” that would “get us back to being one nation under God.” (Eric Metaxas nods his head in agreement)
  3. Springsteen: “I Have a ‘Personal’ Relationship with Jesus.”
  4. More thoughts on Springsteen/Jeep Super Bowl commercial
  5. Trump’s evangelicals have a few things to say about impeachment
  6. Trump evangelical Eric Metaxas makes sense of impeachment through the lens of charismatic prophets
  7. Evangelical preacher Max Lucado preached “at” the National Cathedral on Sunday. Some people are not happy about it.
  8. Evangelical politics, even among Trump voters, is not monolithic
  9. 8-year-old calls out NPR
  10. The GOP is hemorrhaging members

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. John McWhorter unleashes a critique on Ibram X. Kendi and the antiracism movement
  2. Tony Perkins finds “cancel culture” in the Bible (and other Trump evangelical news, including Eric Metaxas’s book launch)
  3. It is hard to be a prophet when the people you are prophesying against are paying your salary
  4. Veteran Christian journalist reflects on the evangelical embrace of Donald Trump
  5. We are learning more about the chaos in the Oval Office during the final days of the Trump presidency
  6. What do evangelicals around the world think about American evangelicals?
  7. Is Adam Kinzinger in the devil’s army?
  8. For most of U.S. history, Americans were Christian nationalists. Or were they?
  9. Evangelical Trumpers are coming to a church near you
  10. Here are the 11 Republicans who voted to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. On the day of Biden’s inauguration, Trump evangelical John MacArthur tweets that the U.S. is officially “one nation in rebellion in God”
  2. A critique of Jesus and John Wayne
  3. From Cyrus to Jezebel: Conservative evangelicals have a biblical character for every political occasion
  4. David Barton: If someone calls you a homophobe, just call them “a heterophobe.” (And other news from the world of evangelical Trumpism)
  5. The evangelical lost cause is alive and well in Chino Hills, California
  6. Three weeks in a QAnon online community
  7. Is there any chance that conservative evangelicals will get behind Biden?
  8. Court evangelical: Kamala Harris has a “Jezebel spirit” and is a satanic “chameleon” secretly working as an “Obama surrogate”
  9. The difference between patriotism and nationalism
  10. What is going on in South Dakota?

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home

  1. Eric Metaxas says he does not have “blood on his hands” and a call for Simon & Schuster to remove his foreword to Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship.
  2. Today the court evangelicals are under intense religious persecution. Why? Because they might be kicked-off Twitter and Facebook
  3. Franklin Graham asks, “Where does this hate [in America] come from? (And other court evangelical news)
  4. Evangelicals and the January 6 insurrection
  5. Sam Wineburg: Why history can’t be about telling our children lies
  6. Donald Trump just got impeached for the second time. How are the court evangelicals handling it?
  7. Franklin Graham “shames” the ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump
  8. Court evangelicalism “was not harmless”
  9. Let’s pray that on January 21, 2021 conservative evangelical extremists don’t act on Eric Metaxas’s prayer for martyrdom
  10. What was Trump doing when the insurrection unfolded?

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Transcript of the David French-Eric Metaxas debate on evangelicals and Trump
  2. The U.S. Senators who objected to the Electoral College results were almost all evangelicals
  3. An insurrection occurred at the U.S. capitol today. What are the court evangelicals saying?
  4. What happened at the end of this prayer before Congress?
  5. Ed Stetzer: “there is…an evangelical reckoning to be had”
  6. Today Ted Cruz appealed to the Compromise of 1877. What that isn’t such a good idea.
  7. A lot happened over Christmas break. How did the court evangelicals respond?
  8. What happened today is a fitting ending to the worst presidential administration in American history
  9. Take the Evangelical Christianity in American Survey (2015-Present)
  10. Let’s set the record straight on what Mike Pence can and cannot do at tomorrow’s certification of the Electoral College results

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home;

  1. Everyone is discovering the court evangelicals!
  2. Joe Biden is president-elect. What are the court evangelicals saying?
  3. What happened at today’s “Jericho Rally” for Trump?
  4. Eric Metaxas does a parody video titled “Biden Did You Know.” He seems to have lost it.
  5. Former GW Bush advisor Karl Rove: Trump is “on the edge of looking like a sore loser”
  6. You don’t congratulate someone who just robbed a band (and other court evangelical news)
  7. Liberty University’s Falkirk Center has “pumped millions” of dollars into the promotion of Donald Trump
  8. What counts as historical scholarship?
  9. When it comes to presidents quoting scripture and spiritual writers, Joe Biden may surpass Barack Obama
  10. This interview tells us a lot about John MacArthur and the movement he represents

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. COVID-19 is raging. Trump goes to Georgia. What are the court evangelicals saying?
  2. Michael Gerson on Eric Metaxas: He has “publicly committed his life to Donald Trump”
  3. Court evangelical tells his congregation not to take COVID-19 vaccine
  4. The debate over critical race theory in the Southern Baptist Convention (and beyond) is heating up
  5. Six white men decided the Southern Baptist Convention position on race
  6. Philip Jenkins: We should call QAnon a cult
  7. The court evangelicals continue to stand by Trump’s election fraud claims
  8. This takes court evangelicalism to a whole new level:
  9. The Trump “intellectuals” defend voter fraud
  10. Georgia Representative Barry Loudermilk wants David Barton to direct Trump’s 1776 Commission

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Southern Baptist seminary presidents unite against critical race theory
  2. How do we have conversations with people who do not share the same basic facts?
  3. Eric Metaxas talks to Donald Trump. This is what court evangelicalism looks like.
  4. Court evangelical Eric Metaxas: Why are we talking about COVID (269K dead) when the election fraud is the new 9-11?
  5. Trump knows he isn’t going to win, but the court evangelicals aren’t so sure
  6. What court evangelical, Liberty University spokesperson, and Trump legal adviser Jenna Ellis said about the president in 2016
  7. Who is Doug Mastriano, the Pennsylvania state senator leading today’s hearing on voter fraud?
  8. Why are some evangelicals still supporting Trump’s voter fraud claims?
  9. Thursday morning court evangelical update
  10. The court evangelicals are now linked to yet another “national embarrassment”

“Give it up. You have Trump derangement syndrome. Start writing about something else.”

I often get asked something like this: “Why do you waste your time writing about Trump’s court evangelicals?” Or angrier people say this to me: “Give it up. You have Trump derangement syndrome. Start writing about something else.” I get several e-mails a week from people who feel the need to tell me these things.

These are fair questions/observations. I, of course, am no Trump fan. I think he is bad for the nation and the church. My book Believe Me covers this and my blog serves as a form of anti-Trump criticism.

But what I do here is also related to my calling as an American historian. Historians serve society in many ways. Sometimes we write new interpretations of well-known events. At other times we shed light on characters whose stories have yet to be told. Occasionally historians write magisterial accounts of the past that change the way we think about the world. And, of course, we teach people about the past and how to think historically.

And every now and then historians serve society by documenting, curating, and describing what happened in the past so that we have a record upon which future historians–maybe even this historian–can build. This dimension of the historian’s vocation is needed more than ever in the age of Trump.

As Harvard historian Jill Lepore wrote recently in a Washington Post op-ed:

In the aftermath of the Trump administration…the need for a full and accurate historical record will be especially great. There is every reason to fear that the administration will destroy the evidence of its malfeasance and incompetence, especially its abuses of human rights, its violations of the Constitution, and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Does Lepore’s concern apply to the story of evangelicals in the age of Trump? I doubt any Trump evangelicals are destroying documents, but one day people will need to remember what evangelicals did and said between 2015 and 2020.

I hope my blog might serve as a record for future historians writing about evangelicalism during the Trump ascendency. Sometimes it is good to have this stuff all in one place. For example, when I wrote The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society I benefited immensely from mid-20th-century church historian Kenneth Scott Latourette‘s notes on his unfinished history of the American Bible Society.

I hope people will read my court evangelical posts as both a form of criticism and a kind of public notetaking. Maybe one day someone will find my posts helpful as they try to make sense of the Trump presidency.

I love being a historian. Throughout my career I have tried to practice my vocation in as many ways as possible: teaching, writing monographs, writing trade books, writing textbooks, blogging, tweeting, working with teachers, YouTube videos, podcasting, public speaking, reviewing, and consulting. And right now the historian’s call to document, curate, and describe (with perhaps a little criticism thrown-in for good measure 🙂 ) feels right.

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Court evangelical: Kamala Harris has a “Jezebel spirit” and is a satanic “chameleon” secretly working as an “Obama surrogate.”
  2. The election was one week ago. What are the court evangelicals saying today?
  3. Oklahoma Senator James Lankford: “I can assure you there will be a peaceful transition of power in the United States.”
  4. Historian Jon Meacham helped write Biden’s acceptance speech and then commented on it on MSNBC
  5. What Trumpers said about the 2018 midterm elections
  6. This interview tells us a lot about John MacArthur and the movement he represents
  7. The New York Times talks to Trump evangelicals about the election
  8. Here is your Thursday morning court evangelical update
  9. Out of the Zoo: Wonder Woman
  10. What does the Bible say about the Antichrist?

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Are you voting for Trump because of abortion? Do you refuse to vote for Biden because of abortion? If so, please watch this video
  2. If you want to get a sense of the current state of evangelicals Trumpism read the reactions to John Piper’s recent anti-Trump post
  3. Evangelical pastor John Piper is “baffled” that so many Christians support Trump
  4. 27-year-old court evangelical Charlie Kirk calls John Piper “a fool.”
  5. An 88-year-old evangelical woman will cast her first vote for a Democrat in November
  6. My case for Joe Biden
  7. Southern Baptist seminary president Al Mohler makes it official. He voted for Trump
  8. Springsteen’s “House of 1000 Guitars”
  9. An important and overlooked part of John Piper’s election post
  10. Wayne Gruden is still defending Trump

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Are you voting for Trump because of abortion? do you refuse to vote for Biden because of abortion? It so, please watch this video
  2. An 88-year-old evangelical woman will cast her first vote for a Democrat in November
  3. Western Michigan pastor resigns over Trumpism in his congregation
  4. Evangelical pastor John Piper is “baffled” that so many Christians support Trump
  5. Pat Robertson: Trump will win, the country will be torn apart, an asteroid will hit the earth, and the rapture will come
  6. Twitter locks account of court evangelical Charlie Kirk
  7. Trump issues a proclamation on character (yes, you read that correctly)
  8. Pro-life evangelicals for Biden
  9. This interview tells us a lot about John MacArthur and the movement he represents
  10. Pro-Life evangelicals for Biden

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. An 88-year-old evangelical woman will cast her first vote for a Democrat in November
  2. A veteran pastor on evangelical support for Trump
  3. Excommunicate me please!
  4. What Franklin Graham said about the “private sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998
  5. Today in the New York Daily News: “An evangelical Christian on the president’s damage to his faith community.”
  6. Pro-life evangelicals for Biden
  7. Who’s afraid of critical race theory?
  8. Notre Dame professors ask Amy Coney Barrett to “halt” the nomination process until after the election
  9. What James Dobson said in 1998 about moral character and the presidency
  10. This interview tells us a lot about John MacArthur and the movement he represents

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last of The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Pro-Life evangelicals for Biden
  2. Three former evangelical seminary presidents now support “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden”
  3. Court evangelical Eric Metaxas on Trump: “Is there anyone like unto him?”
  4. An 88-year-old evangelical woman will cast her first vote for a Democrat in November
  5. The meaning of the Pence fly
  6. Trump’s unprecedented meltdown. We’ve never seen anything like this before
  7. Court evangelical: Kamala Harris has a “Jezebel spirit” and is a satanic “chameleon” secretly working as an “Obama surrogate”
  8. Court evangelicals are getting COVID-19
  9. Unmasked court evangelicals were at the Barrett announcement
  10. More on the Ravi Zacharias day spa scandal

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. James Dobson in September 1998 vs. James Dobson in September 2020
  2. Evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem believes that Trump does not tell lies. Also, anyone who believes Trump is trying to “divide us” is “bearing false witness”
  3. Early court evangelical reaction to last night’s debate
  4. Amy Coney Barrett and the “Kingdom of God”
  5. The New York Times gets access to Trump’s tax returns and it’s not pretty
  6. More court evangelical responses to the first presidential debate
  7. We deserved last night’s debate. We didn’t deserve last night’s debate.
  8. Should liberals fear Amy Coney Barrett?
  9. What does Donald Trump really think about the court evangelicals?
  10. People of Praise and South Bend, Indiana

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Amy Coney Barrett and the “Kingdom of God”
  2. Who’s afraid of critical race theory
  3. Trump’s Supreme Court appointee should get a hearing and a vote
  4. The Trump White House does American history
  5. Falwell Jr. wrap-up at The Washington Post
  6. Court evangelical Franklin Graham: America has reached a “boiling point?”
  7. This interview tells us a lot about John MacArthur and the movement he represents
  8. Out of the Zoo: The Stoning of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  9. Robert Jeffress suggests that Tim Keller is a “wimpy Christian” who has “cloaked” his “cowardice in theology”
  10. Spring Arbor University and the “scandal of the evangelical college”

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Michael Cohen alleges that Trump called evangelical beliefs “bulls–t.”
  2. Peter Hitchens vs. First Things on COVID-19 and free speech
  3. Theologian Miroslav Volf on Christian Trumpism
  4. What is happening (once again) at Taylor University?
  5. Rod Dreher defends the “Little Hitler” philosophy professor at Taylor University
  6. This interview tells us a lot about John MacArthur and the movement he represents
  7. Trump and critical race theory: What is really going on?
  8. Reforming Liberty University in the post-Falwell era should begin with the Falkirk Center
  9. Wayne Grudem is still defending Trump
  10. Those who are defending Trump’s comments about American veterans. And those who are not

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. John MacArthur: “There is no pandemic.” Those who believe otherwise have been deceived by Satan.
  2. Court evangelical Eric Metaxas is caught on camera sucker-punching an anti-Trump protester
  3. Court evangelical Eric Metaxas threw a punch at an anti-Trump protester on Thursday night. What did he say about it today?
  4. Court evangelical Eric Metaxas begins his self-defense after throwing a punch at an anti-Trump protester
  5. This interview tells us a lot about John MacArthur and the movement he represents
  6. There is nothing new about what happened to conservative evangelicals this week. But how will they respond?
  7. Roger Stone visits a Tennessee church to talk about his conversion, but spends most of the time talking about pro-Trump politics
  8. Metaxas: “It just happened.”
  9. John MacArthur’s views on slavery sound eerily familiar
  10. A ‘progressive evangelical thinker’ responds to the Eric Metaxas punch”

Most popular posts of the last week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Court evangelical: Kamala Harris has a “Jezebel spirit” and is a satanic “chameleon” secretly working as an “Obama surrogate”
  2. An evangelical reader grieves for the church in the age of Trump
  3. Are you ready for DNC bingo?
  4. The conservative evangelical defense of Jerry Falwell Jr. has begun
  5. Charlie Kirk of Liberty University’s Falkirk Center has a Twitter meltdown while watching the DNC convention
  6. Wayne Grudem is still defending Trump
  7. David and Tim Barton: The Boston Tea Party was not a “riot.” Don’t you know they called it a “party?”
  8. Why did Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. post a picture of himself with his pants unbuckled, underwear showing, a glass of “wine” in his hand, and his arm around a woman’s waist?”
  9. Why did the Liberty University Board of Trustees put Jerry Falwell Jr. on indefinite leave?
  10. Michelle Obama’s DNC convention speech was deeply Christian