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Stay tuned, we have some surprises in 2021! In the meantime, we have some great podcast episodes lined-up. Episode 80 drops on Sunday night with historian and public intellectual Claire Potter, author of Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy.

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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”

Giving Tuesday at The Way of Improvement Leads Home

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The Way of Improvement Leads Home offers content to the general public that we believe is essential for our life as citizens in a democracy. We are just trying to do out part, and we could use your help.

As more and more of you are checking-in during this critical election year, I want to remind everyone that if you like what we do here–both in terms of the daily blogging and the podcast–please consider supporting our work.

Click here to become a patron.

We have some big changes in the works for 2021. I can’t say anything yet, but it’s going to be huuuuge! 🙂 Stay tuned.

We are also recording new podcast episodes. In this season we have heard from Lorri Glover on Eliza Lucas Pinckney, Peter Manseau on the Jefferson Bible, Paul Harvey on Howard Thurman, and Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn on the “art of living.” And we are only beginning!

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Did I mention you can click here to become a patron? You can be a patron for as low as $1 a month!

And for our loyal patrons: THANK YOU for your ongoing support!

Cyber Monday at The Way of Improvement Leads Home

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The Way of Improvement Leads Home offers content to the general public that we believe is essential for our life as citizens in a democracy. We are just trying to do out part, and we could use your help.

As more and more of you are checking-in during this critical election year, I want to remind everyone that if you like what we do here–both in terms of the daily blogging and the podcast–please consider supporting our work.

Click here to become a patron.

We have some big changes in the works for 2021. I can’t say anything yet, but it’s going to be huuuuge! 🙂 Stay tuned.

We are also recording new podcast episodes. In this season we have heard from Lorri Glover on Eliza Lucas Pinckney, Peter Manseau on the Jefferson Bible, Paul Harvey on Howard Thurman, and Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn on the “art of living.” And we are only beginning!

And yes, mugs and signed books are still available for patrons!

Did I mention you can click here to become a patron? You can be a patron for as low as $1 a month!

And for our loyal patrons: THANK YOU for your ongoing support!

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?

Episode 74: An Independent Woman in Revolutionary America

In this episode we talk with historian Lorri Glover about Eliza Lucas Pinckney, a woman who lived through the American Revolution in South Carolina. Pinckney’s story sheds light on gender, agriculture, politics, and slavery in this era and unsettles many common assumptions regarding the place and power of women in the eighteenth century.

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We have some big changes in the works for 2021. I can’t say anything yet, but it’s going to be huuuuge!  Stay tuned.

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Did the Christian rapper Lecrae just plagiarize one of my blog posts? (UPDATED)

I agree with everything Lecrae wrote in the following tweet. That is because I said nearly the exact same thing on this blog last week.

Don’t get me wrong, I am glad the popular Christian rapper is getting the message out, I just wish he had done it in his own words.

This morning I checked my Instagram and a friend had put Lecrae’s tweet on his story. I knew immediately that Lecrae was borrowing heavily from a paragraph in one of my recent blog posts. It was a post I did on Joe Biden last week. You get an eerie feeling when you see someone taking credit for your words.

Here is what I wrote in the original post:

If Christians really want to reduce the number of abortions, they will elect a president who wants to fund health care for women, deal with the systemic racism that keeps many black women in poverty, raise the minimum wage, and address the income gap between White people and people of color.

If Lecrae was in one of my classes I would be inviting him into my office to talk about proper citations, the meaning of plagiarism, and why it is unethical to take someone else’s words or ideas and claim them as your own. I would ask him to rewrite his paper.

What do you think? I realize that I am not the only person making this kind of argument about abortion, but the words Lecrae used here, and the timing, are a little too close for comfort.

Lecrae’s tweet struck me for two reasons:

  1. I just got done lecturing one of my classes about plagiarism and proper citations and I just finished–minutes ago– reading 30 student papers to make sure they cited their sources correctly.
  2. Last week I spoke to a group of graduate students about blogging and one of them asked me how I “protect” my posts from others who want to use my words as their own. I said that I am not sure there is any way of doing this in the world of blogging. I also said that I was unaware of anyone who took my ideas and claimed them as their own.

UPDATE (9:30pm):

I had a very nice exchange of messages with Lecrae. What we talked about will remain private, but it is clear that as a Christian artist he is the real deal:

Four years that I can’t get back. But the work was necessary

I have spent a lot of time writing about Trump in the past four years. Most of you by now are familiar with my 2018 book Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump and my 2018 tour. One Twitter pundit suggested that he could not understand how I could devote four years of my intellectual life to writing about this president. I thought it was an arrogant comment (no, it wasn’t @OldLife–:-)), but I digress…

I am not sure if I am done writing about evangelicals and Trump, and I have temporarily shelved some other more traditional history writing to focus on this subject, but I think what I have done over the last four years has been necessary work. As a working class kid of immigrant grandparents, a teenage convert to evangelicalism with three degrees from evangelical schools, and a Ph.D in American history, I concluded (with a few nudges from friends) that I was uniquely qualified to speak to this moment. I decided very early that I could not stand on the sidelines as this Trumpian debacle unfolded.

But I also resonate with Michelle Goldberg’s recent piece at The New York Times: “Four Wasted Years Thinking About Donald Trump.” Here is a taste:

But when I think back, from my obviously privileged position, on the texture of daily life during the past four years, all the attention sucked up by this black hole of a president has been its own sort of loss. Every moment spent thinking about Trump is a moment that could have been spent contemplating, creating or appreciating something else. Trump is a narcissistic philistine, and he bent American culture toward him.

Read the entire piece here.

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

Support The Way of Improvement Leads Home!

As more and more of you are checking-in during this critical election year, I want to remind everyone that if you like what we do here–both in terms of the daily blogging and the podcast–please consider supporting our work.

Click here to become a patron.

We have some big changes in the works for 2021. I can’t say anything yet, but it’s going to be huuuuge! 🙂 Stay tuned.

We are also recording new podcast episodes. If all goes well, we will be dropping an episode every Sunday between November 8 and mid-January 2021. We have some incredible guests lined-up!

And yes, mugs and signed books are still available for patrons!

Did I mention you can click here to become a patron?

And for our loyal patrons: THANK YOU for your ongoing support!

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”