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. Taylor University and Mike Pence
  2. David Blight Wins the Pulitzer Prize for History
  3. How Long Will Americans Tolerate This Man as Their President?
  4. A Distinguished Taylor University Alumnus Speaks Out on the Pence Invitation
  5. Michelle Bachmann on Trump: “I have never seen a more biblical president”
  6. Gerson: Trump is the Real Threat to Religious Liberty
  7. Trump is Getting His Base Ready for the Release of the Mueller Report
  8. Big Changes at Southwestern Theological Seminary
  9. But What About Hillary?
  10. Presidential Historian: “Trump has none of the traits the founders thought essential for presidents”

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week:

  1. A Visit to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  2. Song of the Day: “Hills and Valleys” (Congrats UVA)
  3. Where are the Court Evangelical Defenders of “Family Values” Today?
  4. Pete Buttigieg Slams Evangelicals for Supporting Trump
  5. Tony Bennett, Evangelicalism, and University of Virginia Basketball
  6. Jimmy Carter: Democrats Should Change Their Position on Abortion
  7. Trump Tells Border Agents to Break the Law.  Court Evangelicals Remain Silent
  8. Mount Vernon CEO Doug Bradburn Explains What It Was Like Giving Donald Trump a Tour
  9. Is Pete Buttigieg’s Religious Rhetoric Any Different Than the Rhetoric of the Christian Right?
  10. A Message to the Michigan Department of Education: We are All Democrats

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. Jimmy Carter: Democrats Should Change Their Position on Abortion
  2. Pete Buttigieg’s Faith: What’s All the Fuss About?
  3. Trends Regarding Race and Evangelicalism
  4. Ron Sider: Health Care for All; but not Medicare for All
  5. Panelitis
  6. 2020: Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
  7. Should This Painting be at the Smithsonian?
  8. How Bruce Springsteen Created “Thunder Road”
  9. When 11 Italians Were Lynched in New Orleans
  10. Some Front Porchers Pick Their Candidate for 2020

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week:

  1. What Should We Make of Bill Barr’s 4-Page Letter?
  2.  Fox News Court Evangelical: “If what I hear at church is no better than what I hear on CNN…then why bother?”
  3. Franklin Foer: “The Mueller Probe Was an Unmitigated Success”
  4. Why You Should Read the Opening Paragraph of Barbara Tuchman’s “The Guns of August”
  5. Robert Mueller as Atticus Finch
  6. In Defense of Denominations
  7. Franklin Graham Wants to Transfer the Billy Graham Papers from Wheaton to Charlotte
  8. Loyal Slave Monuments
  9. Beto O’Rourke Apologizes for High-School Mixtape
  10. Coming in Fall 2019

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. Beto O’Rourke Apologizes for High-School Mixtape
  2. Pew Research: White Evangelical Churchgoers Continue to Support Trump
  3. Even White Evangelicals Oppose Trump’s Bible-Signing
  4. Middle School 2008 vs. Middle School 2018
  5. E.J. Dionne on Ben Sasse’s Failure to Oppose Donald Trump’s “National Emergency”
  6. Rules for Flying
  7. So What DOES Al Mohler Believe About Social Justice?
  8. Did Andrew Jackson Say He Wanted to Shoot Henry Clay and Hang John Calhoun?
  9. A White Teacher is Removed from Teaching a Michigan High School Course in African American History
  10. A Day in the Pacific Northwest

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. Gerson: “Trump’s CPAC Speech Was Like “hearing a ringtone of ‘Macarena’ during a funeral, and no one can find the phone”
  2. Evangelicals, Trump, and “Existential Fear”
  3. FDR’s New Deal Was Also Green
  4. Will Wheaton College Rehabilitate the Word “Evangelical”?
  5. The Author’s Corner with James Davis
  6. What Court Evangelicals Robert Jeffress Said Tonight on Fox Business News
  7. Who are the Most Intolerant Americans?
  8. Mike Pence is Liberty University’s 2019 Commencement Speaker
  9. An Assignment That Gets Students to Take Writing Seriously
  10. More Politics of Fear

 

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.  Now This is an Entertaining Book Review
  2.  What is an Evangelical?
  3.  Max Boot Responds to Historian Critics
  4. The Republican Party Knows Michael Cohen’s Testimony is True
  5. Images of the Day
  6. Sunday Night Odds and Ends
  7. Max Boot’s Screed Against Historians
  8. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998
  9. Good Will Hunting and the Evolution of the Market Economy in the Southern Colonies
  10. Did Andrew Jackson Say He Wanted to Shoot Henry Clay and Hang John Calhoun?

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

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

  1. Max Boot’s Screed Against Historians
  2. Michael Gerson on Depression and Hope
  3. A Southern Baptist Seminary Professor Reflects on the SBC Sexual Abuse Scandal
  4. Evangelicals Love Trump’s “National Emergency” Declaration
  5. The University of Providence is the Latest School to Cut Liberal Arts Programs
  6. Sam Wineburg’s Twitter Thread About Wikipedia
  7. Timothy Dalrymple is the New President and CEO of Christianity Today
  8. A Quick Visit to the City of Angels
  9. On Historians, Public Debate, and Journalists
  10. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998

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.  Were the “20. and Odd Negroes” Slaves or Indentured Servants?
  2.  Debs: Socialism in “merely Christianity in action.”
  3.  Why NBC Dumped Bob Costas
  4.  An Anti-Racist Syllabus for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
  5.  Skype Interview Nightmares
  6.  Commonplace Book #25
  7.  When a Popular and Powerful First Lady Opposed the Women’s Suffrage Movement
  8.  What Did Trump Mean When He Capitalized “Trail” in a Tweet About Elizabeth Warren: Some Historical Context
  9.  Why Did God Allow the Great Boston Fire of 1760?
  10.  Some Thoughts on James Dobson

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. What Happens When Evangelical Leaders Get Too Close to Power?
  2. Out of the Zoo: “Remembering Grandpa”
  3. The Need for Historical Thinking
  4. Jemar Tisby’s New Book and People Who Read the Gospel Coalition’s Twitter Feed
  5. Colin Kaepernick’s Christian Faith?
  6. The Author’s Corner with Paul Musselwhite
  7. Good Will Hunting and the Evolution of the Market Economy in the Southern Colonies
  8. Did Andrew Jackson Say He Wanted to Shoot Henry Clay and Hang John Calhoun?
  9. The Author’s Corner with Albert Louis Zambone
  10. Warhol and Burger King

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. The Key Change in Evangelical Praise Songs
  2. Union College Theater Department Stages 13 Short Plays on Springsteen Songs
  3. What Should We Make of Trump’s Tweet About Bible Class in Schools
  4. Sarah Sanders: God “wanted Trump to be president”
  5. Introducing a New Column: “Out of the Zoo”
  6. A Former White House Staffer Reflects on the Court Evangelicals
  7. The Latest From Court Evangelical World
  8. Jemar Tisby’s New Book and People Who Read The Gospel Coalition’s Twitter Feed
  9. Evangelical Praise Songs and the “Manilow Effect”
  10. “It seems strange that a university would praise an employee for helping to rig online polls”

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. Should We Rethink Our Response to the Covington Catholic Boys?
  2. Jemar Tisby’s New Book and People Who Read The Gospel Coalition’s Twitter Feed
  3. Let’s Hope This is a “Teachable Moment” for Covington Catholics
  4. “Evangelical” Churchgoers and “Evangelical” Non-Churchgoers Rode the Trump Train in the 2016 GOP Primaries
  5. “True Reconciliation is Hard.  True Reconciliation is Worth It”
  6. Decontructing “The Schuyler Sisters”
  7. Someone Failed These Boys
  8. Wearing a MAGA Hat is Not Pro-Life
  9. Donald Trump is  Mafia Thug
  10. Wearing a MAGA Hat is Not Pro-Life

 

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week:

  1.  50 Court Evangelical Stories That Tell Us Much About Support for Trump in His First Two Years
  2. Max Boot Lists 18 Reasons Why Trump Could be a Russian Asset
  3. “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore”
  4. Jerry Falwell’s “Two Kingdoms” View is Not Only Wrong, It’s Dangerous
  5. The Political Brilliance of Trump’s Fast Food Feast
  6. Talk: The State of the Evangelical Mind on Christian College Campuses
  7. Trump’s Placelessness
  8. Progressive Catholic Priest James Martin Explains Why He is Pro-Life
  9. On Trump, Walls, and the Medieval
  10. What Would Lincoln Say?

 

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 Will Give a Speech Tomorrow Night. It Will Probably be Based on Lies and Other Assorted Falsehoods
  2. The Best Christian Bookstore in America
  3. Meet the Way of Improvement Leads Home New Intern: Annie Thorn
  4. Introducing Contingent Magazine
  5. Which Response to a Presidential Address Was Worse?:
  6. Jill Lepore Talks These Truths
  7. 7 Historic Meanings of Evangelicalism
  8. The Mind of Ben Wesley
  9. Maybe Bruce Springsteen Was Born to Run Home
  10. What Hath Anabaptists To Do With Evangelicals?

Meet The Way of Improvement Leads Home New Intern: Annie Thorn

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Meet Annie Thorn, our new intern!

The Way of Improvement Leads Home blog is happy to announce that we have a new intern!

Annie Thorn, a first-year history major from Kalamazoo, Michigan, has joined the team for the 2019 Spring semester and (hopefully) beyond.  Annie replaces Devon Hearn, who is off student teaching this semester in preparation for her May 2019 graduation.

Annie will be handling our “Morning Headlines” feature and will facilitate the ever-popular Author’s Corner feature.  She will also be helping us with research and other TWOILH assignments.

I first met Annie when she came to my office as a high school senior with an interest in public history. I vividly remember my conversation with Annie, her sister, her mother, and a friend.  She thought Messiah College was a bit too far from home, but I informed her that if my daughter Allyson could travel from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend Calvin College then she could travel from Kalamazoo to Mechanicsburg to attend Messiah!  She was convinced. (Or I like to think that’s how it happened).  We often joke about waving to one another on the PA Turnpike as we pass each other going in the opposite directions!  🙂

As a first-year student, Annie is not sure how she will use her history major after she graduates. She is doing a public history concentration, but she also has an interest in ministry.

I am looking forward to working with her.   Please use the comments section, Facebook, and Twitter to welcome Annie to The Way of Improvement Leads Home team!

Happy New Year!

We are back after an extended holiday break!  I hope all our readers were able to spend some quality time with friends and family over the holidays.  I always look forward to the holidays as a time of relaxation, worship, family-time, and getting caught-up on reading.  Here are a few things that happened over break:

On Christmas Eve I visited Byron Borger at Hearts and Minds Bookstore in Dallastown, PA.  I bought some books for members of my family and I bought some books for myself:

Hearts and Minds Book Haul

I am almost done with Wolterstorff’s memoir.  It is excellent.

On December 26, 2018, I was quoted in Carol Kuruvilla’s piece at the Huffington Post: “Americans Trust Clergy Less Than Ever, Gallup Poll Finds.”

On December 30, 2018, I published a piece at History News Network: “Trump’s White Evangelicals are Nostalgic for an American Past that Never Existed for Blacks and Others.”  Most of the piece comes from my Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.

I learned that my piece “Why is Christian America Supporting Donald Trump?” was one of History News Network’s most popular posts for 2018.

I was thrilled to learn Believe Me inspired two of Jared Burkholder’s “Top Ten posts of 2018” at The Hermeneutic Circle.

On January 2, 2019, I was quoted in Greg Sargent’s Washington Post op-ed, “The walls around Trump are crumbling.  Evangelicals may be his last resort.”

On January 2, 2019, I contributed to Jerome Socolovsky’s National Public Radio story: “Evangelicals Seek Detente With Mideast Muslim Leaders As Critics Doubt Motives.”

And don’t forget our coverage of the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.  We have a great team of correspondents and will begin posting on January 3, 2019.  Stay tuned!

Go Get ‘Em, Devon Hearn!

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Devon Hearn

If you are a regular reader of the “Morning Headlines” or the “Author’s Corner” here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home you know the name Devon Hearn.

For the last eighteen months, Devon has been our trusted intern here at the blog.  Every morning she searches news outlets for the latest headlines and posts them so that readers can think critically about the news presented to them by the media each day.  And if you are an author whose book has been featured at The Way of Improvement Leads Home you corresponded with Devon.  (Recently, one Ivy-league historian referenced her as “Fea’s blog editor”).

Along with her work at the blog, Devon was an indispensable research assistant in the writing of Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.  Funny story:  Before I assigned Devon work related to Believe Me I asked her if she would have any problem doing research on a book that was critical of Donald Trump.  She smiled , didn’t miss a beat, and said, “nope.”  I smiled back and we were off and running!  🙂

Here is what I wrote about Devon in the acknowledgments: “A very big thank you goes to Devon Hearn, my research assistant.  Devon has done the unheralded work of tracking down sources, requesting books through InterLibrary loan, and taking on tasks that have enabled me to write under a tight deadline.  And she does it all with a smile on her face!”

Devon also helped me plan the 2018 meeting of the Conference on Faith and History.  I couldn’t have done it without her spreadsheets and administrative skills.

After Christmas break Devon will begin student teaching at a local high school in preparation for a career in the history classroom. She will graduate in May 2019 with a degree in history and a social studies certification. (If I remember correctly, she is also picking up a minor in ESL).  Devon is going to be an absolutely phenomenal classroom teacher.  If you have an opening in your school for Fall 2019 send me an e-mail.  You would be crazy if you didn’t hire her!  No, seriously, send me an e-mail!!!

I am going to miss Devon’s steadying influence and “can do” attitude.  Thanks so much Devon for all your excellent work at The Way of Improvement Leads Home!

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.  What Happens When an Evangelical Pundit, Armed Only with 58K Twitter Followers and a Reference to the Bebbington Quadrilateral, Takes on a Historian
  2. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Report on Racism and Slavery is Well-Done and It is a Big Step in the Right Direction
  3. Darryl Hart Weighs-In on the Thomas Kidd-Jonathan Merritt Debate
  4. David Barton’s New Book
  5. Why I Defended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Statement on its Racist Past
  6. Should Evangelicals be Defined by Their Spiritual Commitments or Something Else?
  7. Yes, There Was an “Evangelical” Movement in the Eighteenth Century and it Should be Defined Theologically
  8. Court Evangelical Eric Metaxas Says Maria Butina is Probably Innocent
  9. Anxious Benchers Weigh-In on the Kidd-Merritt Dust-Up
  10. Historicizing “Sweet Home Alabama”

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. All He Had to Do Was “Simply Look at the Program and Read”
  2. The President of the Master’s University and Seminary Speaks About His Poor Accreditation Report
  3. Writer Ruth Graham on “Being Ruth Graham”
  4. What is Going at The Master’s University and Seminary?
  5. Evangelical Gaslighting
  6. “Age of Hamilton” Course
  7. The George W. Bush–Michelle Obama Mind Hand-Off
  8. Would Coverage of George H.W. Bush’s Death Look Different if He Did Not Dies in the Age of Trump?
  9. “Contact my be dangerous, but so is no contact”
  10. Richard Ojeda is Running for President in 2020