Happy Birthday to “The Way of Improvement Leads Home”

11thEleven years ago today, while sitting in the scholars residence of the David Library of the American Revolution, I started blogging about matters related to American history, American religion, politics, and academic life.  We are still going strong here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home.  Not many blogs last this long, so we appreciate all of your support over the years!

Here are some of the year’s highlights:

We will continue to bring you the kind of content you expect from The Way of Improvement Leads Home.  Keep reading and spread the word about what we are doing here via social media.

Thanks again!

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. How is David Garrow’s MLK Article Faring Today?
  2. Garrow’s MLK Article is Here
  3. Dinesh D’Souza Thinks He Knows Something About How African-American History is Taught
  4. Last Night’s Court Evangelical Tweetstorm
  5. The David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing is Closing
  6. 45 Years Ago Today
  7. Did 1000s of Women Die Every Year from Abortions Before Roe v. Wade?
  8. CNN on Franklin Graham’s Call to Prayer for Donald Trump
  9. Episode 52: History of the iPhone Generation
  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. Gordon College Will No Longer Have a History Major
  2. Liberty University Took Some of the Old Southwestern Seminary Stained Glass Windows
  3. “Dear Mike Pence: The real persecution of Christians isn’t here in America”
  4. More Thoughts on Gordon College’s Decision to Drop the History Major
  5. Commencement at Liberty University
  6. Evangelical Trump Fans: Don’t Forget to  Buy Your King Cyrus-Donald Trump Prayer Coin
  7. What Hath Trump Wrought
  8. David Blight on Reinhold Niebuhr, Theology, and a Bunch of Other Things
  9. Tim Conway, RIP
  10. When the Way of Improvement Can’t Lead Home: A Brief Review of Tara Westover’s  Educated

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 Helped Jerry Falwell Jr. Handle “Racy Photos”
  2.  The “Failing” New York Times Reveals That Trump Lost $1.19 Billion Between 1985-1994.  What Say You Jerry Falwell?
  3. Mayor Pete Shows-Up at Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School Class
  4. Falwell Predicts Evangelicals Will Turn to Trump in Greater Numbers in 2020 Than 2016.  I’m Not So Sure
  5. More Reporting on the Michael Cohen-Jerry Falwell Jr. “Racy Photos” Story
  6. “We’re a republic, not a democracy”
  7.  Over 450 Former Federal Prosecutors: Trump Was Not Charged With Obstruction Because He Is POTUS
  8. But the Economy…!
  9. Job Market Stories
  10. The University of Providence is the Latest School to Cut Liberal Arts Programs

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 Are Evangelicals Afraid Of?
  2. The Spiritual Journey of David Brooks
  3. Ron Chernow Kills It at the White House Correspondence Dinner
  4. Every Pete Buttigieg Interview
  5. James Baldwin and Reinhold Niebuhr Talk About the 1963 Birmingham Church  Bombing
  6. Federalist #69 and the Mueller Report
  7. There Were Good People on Both Sides Saturday at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington D.C.
  8. Out of the Zoo: “My Year with the Messiah College History Department”
  9. A Visit to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  10. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998

 

 

Congratulations Devon Hearn!

Devon

Devon Hearn (L) and Sarah Wilson pose with the Clio Award plaque.

Many regular readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home blog know Devon Hearn.  She served two years as our intern here at the blog and worked with me as a research assistant covering all kinds of assignments.  Her research help on Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump was indispensable.  She also carried a lot of the load in helping me put together the program for the 2018 meeting of the Conference on Faith and History.  And that is only the beginning!

I am happy to report that last night Devon was honored as a co-winner of the Messiah College History Department’s “Clio Award.”  The award is given annually to the most outstanding Messiah College history student.  Devon shared the award with another amazing student (and fellow Morris County, New Jerseyan) Sarah Wilson.

And there is even better news!  Devon just accepted a history/social studies history position in a Maryland school district.

Devon’s future is bright!  She will always be a valued member of The Way of Improvement Leads Home family!

Clio Plaque

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 Mueller Report and the Trump Evangelicals
  2. The Fox News Crowd Doesn’t Like Obama’s Use of the Phrase “Easter Worshippers”
  3. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998
  4. If Democrats Want to Remove Trump from Office in 2020 They Need to Rally Around Joe Biden
  5. Taylor University and Mike Pence
  6. Steve King Compares His Suffering to Jesus on the Cross
  7. New Springsteen Book is Coming
  8. The Court Evangelicals
  9. So What DOES Al Mohler Believe About Social Justice?
  10. Out of the Zoo: “Cathedrals”

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