CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 26 – Bishop Richard Allen

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1794. It’s founder, and first bishop, was Richard Allen who died on March 26, 1831. Born a slave on a Delaware plantation, Allen taught himself to read and write and instituted Sabbath Schools as a part of his first churches to help make black …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 25 – Theodore the Studite

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – Pope Leo III, who was the first to crown a monarch when he crowned Charlemagne Holy Roman Emperor, said the church no longer needs to use icons of former saints and priests and “outlaws” them. The Eastern Church didn’t buy into that and Theodore the Studite, in an act of defiance, marched on March 25, 815 …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 24 – Queen Elizabeth I dies

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – For almost 75 years England would flip back and forth between the official church being Roman Catholic or the Church of England. When Queen Elizabeth I died on March 24, 1603 there was a question if England would stay Protestant but her cousin and successor King James I sealed the deal and it’s been the Church …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 23 – Anabaptists

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – Anabaptist is the derogatory name given to Protestants in the 16th century who didn’t believe in infant baptism. Anabaptists believed an infant can’t decide for herself/himself to accept Christ so they were “re-baptized” and labeled heretics. To ensure discipline and a bit of irony, instead of being burned at the stake by their fellow Protestant brothers …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 22 – Constantine dies

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – Did you ever hear “be careful what you ask for”? After the Roman Emperor Diocletian issued his “Edict Against the Christians” in 303 AD, when Constantine became emperor all that went away and Christianity would not only be allowed but eventually official. Before he died on March 22, 337, Constantine put the Roman Emperor as the …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 21 – Charles Wesley

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – This monument honors one of the greatest hymn writers of all time. When you write “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” and “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” you deserve a statue. Charles Wesley died on March 21, 1778.

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 20 – John Gossner

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – When is the last time you were told “you are just too evangelical”? John Gossner was kicked out of Russia by the Tsar and the Catholic church by the Pope for just that very reason. Gossner believed Christians should have their spiritual life drawn from direct contact with God and not through priests. He died on …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 19 – COGIC’s Chas. Mason

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) had it’s beginning in Lexington, Mississippi in 1897. However it didn’t begin to grow into a national denomination until it’s founder Charles Harrison Mason had a baptism of the Holy Spirit at a Pentecostal revival in Los Angeles on March 19, 1907.

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 18 – Egyptian Christian persecution

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – As the world watches how Christians are being persecuted in modern Middle Eastern counties, it isn’t the first time. On March 18, 1980 a Christian student at the University of Alexandria, Egypt refused to deny his faith to an angry group of students. The students then beat the young man, known only as “Mr. Edmonds”, to …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 17 – St. Patrick

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – Here are a couple of things you may not know about St. Patrick (who was a real guy who died on March 17, 461): 1. There were never any snakes in Ireland so he didn’t really run them out, 2. He has never been officially made a saint and 3. He’s not Irish. What you should …