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 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…

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 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 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…