American Presidents & Leaders

Benjamin Franklin on God and the Affairs of Men

“How… have we not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine Protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. [...]

A Call to Search the Scriptures

“I speak as a man of the world to men of the world; and “I say to you, search the scriptures!” The Bible is the book of all others, to be read at all ages, and in all conditions of human life; not to be read once or twice or thrice through, and then laid [...]

Thomas Paine’s Sermon for Change

Thomas Paine’s political pamphlet Common Sense was structured like a sermon and relied on biblical references and allusions, such as, “But where says some is the king of America? I’ll tell you, friend, He reigns above,” to make his case to the people. His words stirred the colonists to strengthen their resolve. By spring 1776, [...]

Micah and the Massachusetts Bay Colony

In 1630, John Winthrop, founder and governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, referenced the Book of Micah in his classic work A Model of Christian Charity. “to provide for our posterity, is to follow the counsel of Micah, to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God. For this end, we must [...]