April 7, 2007 – Johnny Hart

Millions have read the B.C. comic strip created by cartoonist Johnny Hart who died on April 7, 2007. While raised in a Christian home, Hart did not take his faith seriously until later in his life and he used the power of his comic strip B.C. and others (like the Wizard of Id) to share his faith. Some protested to …

April 6, 1593 – Henry Barrowe and John Greenwood

Many Americans fail to keep in mind that the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock were fleeing persecution from the Church of England and not the Roman Catholic Church. Henry Barrowe and John Greenwood are good examples of the persecution. Barrowe and Greenwood were leaders in the Puritan movement and they made the case to leaders in the Church of …

April 5, 1811 – Robert Raikes

Did you go to Sunday School today? If so, you can thank Robert Raikes who died on April 5, 1811 in Gloucester, England. Raikes was a printer who couldn’t understand why there were so many young children known as “white slaves” getting into trouble on Sundays. He learned they worked in factories 6 days a week and most of their …

April 4, 1634 – Simon Episcopius

In the early 1600’s the discussion of Calvinism grew to a heated debate known as the Synod of Dort which took place in Amsterdam, Holland in 1618. The lead opponent of Calvinism was Jacob Hermann better known under his Latinized name Jacobus Arminius and we now call the theology Arminianism which sounds better than not-Reformed-Calvinist. Arminius’ student and a leader …

April 3, 1826 – Bishop Reginald Heber

Before he died at age 42, Reginald Heber had been a world traveler from his home in England. He spent considerable time travelling Scandinavia and Russia and settled in India as an Anglican missionary. Eventually he was named bishop for Calcutta (where this picture of a statue of him was taken) but one of his passions was poetry from his …

April 2, 1914 – Assemblies of God

What happens when the Holy Spirit and a “city of sin” meet? On April 2, 1914 over 300 Pentecostals converged at the Grand Opera House in Hot Springs, Arkansas for a convention. After meeting for 10 days the result was a lot of good preaching and the birth of the Assemblies of God denomination.

April 1, 1826 – Jonathan Goble

You never know how the Lord will work. When Baptist missionary Jonathan Goble arrived in Japan on April 1, 1826 to begin his mission work with his wife, who knew Mrs. Goble would become ill eleven years later. Doctors told him it would be good for her health if she got outdoors and the remedy was to have 4 men …

March 31, 1816 – Francis Asbury

Francis Asbury was a major figure in the growth of what today we call the United Methodist Church. Asbury, who died on March 31, 1816, was a circuit riding missionary that traveled thousands of miles on horseback in the United States before and after the Revolutionary War. He and Thomas Coke were the first two bishops (or superintendents) of the …

March 30, 1533 – Archbishop Thomas Cranmer

When Henry VIII appointed Thomas Cranmer Archbishop of Canterbury on March 30, 1533, Cranmer wasn’t crazy about the idea. He eventually gave in and used his influence to do two things: grant Henry his long-desired divorce from Catherine of Aragon and to make the Church of England more and more Protestant. None of that set well with Catherine’s daughter the …

March 29, 1824 – Hans Hauge

Norwegian Hans Hauge early on in his life felt a need to know more about God and began to preach. Preaching was illegal in Norway if you were not licensed or approved by the Lutheran church but that didn’t stop him as he went from house to house and town to town in the early 1800’s. When he died on …