First Prayer of the Continental Congress, 1774

In history we find some of the best writings to be apologetics or in defense of rights.  In 1774 the Continental Congress published its Declaration and Resolves stating in part: “…By the immutable laws of nature, the principles of the English constitution, and the several charters or compacts, have the following rights… life, liberty and…

The Story of Hawaii; our 50th State

It may come as a surprise to learn that it was a prayer meeting in 1806 and the work of missionaries in 1820 followed by a major revival that began the process of bringing the Hawaiian Islands into the United States.  In 1959 Congress gave its approval, in June 93% of the people of Hawaii…

American Hero Booker T. Washington

Booker Taliaferro Washington was born into slavery on April 5, 1856 in southwest Virginia.  Initially, like most slaves, he was known by his nickname “Booker” with no middle or surname.  But what began as a tragic result of the sin of slavery that stained the Declaration’s promise of God-given liberty for all was overcome by…

Ratification of the Articles of Confederation

On March 1, 1781, the first constitution of the United States, called the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, officially became the first American covenant of law.  Since the ratification required all 13 colonies to agree before it could be finalized, there were 39 months between the first colony, Virginia, who ratified in December of…

The Story of Valentine’s Day

Why would a Christian priest in Rome in the 3rd century A.D. be imprisoned, tortured and threatened with death just for standing up for marriage, secretly marrying soldiers to their brides?  When we think of Valentine’s Day today, we think of romance, whether serious or trite, but we rarely think of the fact that February…

New Year’s Day

January 1 as New Year’s Day was first celebrated in 46 B.C. when the Julian calendar took effect.  The traditional Roman calendar, first established in the 7th century B.C. was based on the lunar cycle.  Various politicians would add days to extend their own political terms and thus it was frequently corrupted.  Julius Caesar, the…

The Boston Tea Party

When people think of the historic Boston Tea Party that took place in 1773, they often have images of wild and lawless men destroying the personal property of others and throwing it into the sea in a riot, just so they don’t have to pay a very small tax.  About the only thing that is…

The Harvest Festival of Thanksgiving

At this time of year many people reflect upon the Pilgrims and the origin of our American Thanksgiving holiday.  Some contend that it either never occurred or was not a friendly affair with a legacy of genocide.  Hopefully some context and clarity can help remove these myths and bring factual balance. Consider some of these…

Labor Day

Labor or work has its origin in the Garden of Eden.  Genesis 2:15 says “the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (NIV)  God did this before the fall as a command and life principle and thus work is good and…

The Legacy of Pastor John Robinson

The Pilgrim story is a church migration project and much of its success is due to the instructions and leadership of Pastor John Robinson.  The Pilgrims landed in what is now Provincetown in early November of 1620.  Their first response was to fall on their knees and to bless the God of heaven.  One month…