CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 1 – George Wishart burned at stake

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – Keeping in Scotland from yesterday’s post, this picture is of the Martyr’s Memorial in the shadows of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club – Ground Zero for golfers – in St. Andrews, Scotland. One of the martyrs memorialized is George Wishart who was burned at the stake March 1, 1546. His crime was challenging the Roman …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 28 – Scottish National Covenant

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – The Scottish National Covenant was born from the idea that Christ was the head of the church and not the king (or queen). On February 28, 1638 many nobles joined clergymen in making this Covenant only to find themselves martyred for signing. It was signed at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh.

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 27 – Maori missionaries

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – Missionaries had been attempting to bring Christianity to New Zealand for decades when Henry Williams landed there on February 27, 1823. Williams took the focus on the Maori people (who you can see in this picture) learning more about Christ than teaching them agriculture as previous mission leaders had done.

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 26 – Chrysostom named Archbishop

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – John Chrysostom was one of the greats of the ancient church fathers who wrote and preached during a critical time in the church’s history. His “last name” is the anglicized version of the Greek word that means “golden mouthed” because of his great oratory skills. He became archbishop of Constantinople on February 26, 398 AD and …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – February 25 – Ur unearthed

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – Too often we forget that places mentioned in the Old Testament are real places – maybe it’s because they are hard to pronounce. Ur (not hard to pronounce even for me) was the place Abram-later-Abraham came from and it was the site of a major archaeological dig that ended on February 25, 1934. Conducted by Sir …

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 …