Abraham Lincoln’s Faith at War

Lincoln’s overarching strategy was to emphasize common actions and emotions. He acknowledged, “Both [sides in the war] read the same Bible and pray to the same God.” The Bible had been quoted only once in the inaugural addresses of the previous 18 presidents (by John Quincy Adams). Lincoln’s introduction of the Bible signaled his determination to think theologically as well as politically about the war. Lincoln and the Bible Many visitors to the White House…

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James A. Garfield – the Preacher President

On November 2, 1880, 10 million Americans went to the polls and elected James A. Garfield the 20th president of the United States. Garfield was deluged with congratulatory letters in the week after his election, but none more significant than the one penned by Burke Hinsdale who wrote: “I have been astonished… at the hold that your candidacy took of the religious mind of the country. ‘Now we are going to have a religious man…

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President Harry Truman on Bible’s Influence

In 1950, President Harry Truman gave a speech to the Attorney General’s conference. This is what he said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and Saint Matthew, from Isaiah and Saint Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days….”

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The Only Time the Bible Was Not Used at Inauguration

The only President to not use a Bible at his inauguration is Franklin Pierce. Two weeks prior to the inauguration, he and his wife and their only son were going to Concord, New Hampshire when their train car left the tracks. It went down a hill. They were unhurt but their only son was killed. He brooded about it and couldn’t understand why God would let something like that happen, and he refused to use…

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  • Proverbs 17:9 February 20, 2020
    “Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”
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