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…

Gallaudet and the Bicentennial of Deaf Education

Thomas Gallaudet intended to be a preacher of the gospel from a young age, but  God intervened in a most unusual way.  In 1814, after graduating from Andover Theological Seminary, he resided in Hartford, Connecticut.  On May 25 of 1814 he observed nine year old Alice Cogswell watching other children play and not being included. …

The Battle of Iwo Jima

The most iconic image of World War II is the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima Island in the Pacific Ocean by six soldiers on the morning of February 23, 1945, though the battle for the island did not end until March 26, however.  80,000 Marines would be deployed – more than any other…

The Legacy of Dwight Moody

Evangelism, discipleship, integrity of character, centrality of the family, and for culture to change the church must be transformed – such was the legacy of Dwight Lyman Moody, born February 5, 1837.  Moody describes his childhood: “Before I was four years old the first thing I remember was the death of my father… Soon after…

The Battle of Princeton

On January 3, 1777, the battle of Princeton took place that helped turn the tide of the Revolution.  However, setting the stage for this battle, early in the morning December 25, 1776, Washington secretly crossed the Delaware River to conduct a surprise attack on Trenton, New Jersey.  The painting by Emanuel Leutze depicting Washington Crossing…

The Providential Discovery of Gold

Noah Webster defined the word Providence to mean “foresight; timely care… foresight accompanied with the procurement of what is necessary for future use… the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures.”  One key word in this definition is “timely”.  In other words, God times events for His purposes, and California is such an…