CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 24 – Edict Against the Christians

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – For a couple of hundred years Roman emperors had a sort of “don’t ask don’t tell” policy about Christians. Since the emperors thought they were gods the idea of worshiping someone else wasn’t high on their list but they tended to turn blind eyes. But on February 24, 303 AD Emperor Diocletian issued what was called …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 23 – Polycarp martyred

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – A simple reading of the New Testament reveals Jesus left a lot of authority to the apostles – those 12-then-11 that followed Him in His 3 year ministry. But what about the next generation after the apostles were martyred? One of the next generation church leaders was Polycarp, the bishop of the church at Smyrna. He …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 22 – Mrs. LB Cowman

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – One of my favorite devotional books, Streams in the Desert, was written by Lettie Cowman (also known as Mrs. L.B. or Mrs. Charles). Lettie and her husband Charles were missionaries to Japan where they would form the Oriental Mission Society. They first landed in Japan on February 22, 1901 and their tenure in the Far East …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 21 – Olympian Eric Liddell

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – Anyone who has seen the Oscar-winning movie “Chariots of Fire” recalls the true story of Olympic athlete Eric Liddell making world-wide news when he refused to run on a Sunday. He felt it was disobeying the commandment of keeping the Sabbath. He went on to set a record in the 400 meters but more importantly he …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 20 – Fredrick Douglass

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – Fredrick Douglass is one of the most-recognized ex-slaves in American history and at one time he made some remarks about religion. Believe it or not – he was misquoted. Before his death on February 20, 1895, he set the record straight: “What I have said respecting and against religion, I mean strictly to apply to the …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 19 – Thomas Arundel

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – What do you have to do to make the list of the 10 Worst Brits in the last 1,000 years? The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) History Magazine compiled a list and Thomas Arundel, the former Archbishop of Canterbury who died on February 19, 1414, joined the ranks of Jack the Ripper and King John (undoubtedly the …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 18 – Luther and Michelangelo

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – People who like American history consider it quite ironic that two of the Founding Fathers (John Adams and Thomas Jefferson) both died on July 4th. But even more of a coincidence is they died on the same day in 1826 and they had this odd “love/hate” relationship (not really hate). Martin Luther and Michelangelo both died …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 17 – Voice of the Martyrs

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – Way before anyone was worried about the internet, “mass communication” was best done via the radio airwaves. Voice of the Martyrs reached millions for decades behind the Iron Curtain of the message of Christ because of the efforts of it’s founder Richard Wurmbrandt who died on February 17, 2001.

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 16 – BB Warfield

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – If there was a Reformed Theology Hall of Fame my guess is Benjamin Breckinridge (B.B.) Warfield would be an immediate unanimous inductee. One of the last theology professors at Princeton who believed in the authority of the Bible, he wrote extensively and one of his stand-out works was on the canon of Scripture. On Christmas eve …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 15 – Lew Wallace

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – How would you like these titles: New Mexico territorial governor. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. Union Army General. Author of “the most influential Christian book of the 19th century”? Lew Wallace gets all of these and more. You probably guessed by the picture which influential book he wrote but did you know the full title is …