December 6, 1829 – Wm. Carey Stops Preaching

What does it take to get a Baptist preacher to not preach a sermon on Sunday morning? The potential loss of life seems to be a good reason. William Carey dedicated his life as a missionary to India and came across a local practice of burning widows alive after their husbands died. Fortunately, it had been outlawed and when Carey …

December 5, 1525 – Hans Schlaffer

How many Christians today would die for being a follower of Christ. But what about dying for a point of disputed doctrine? Bible-believing Christians debate the issue of infant ,baptism but how many of us would give our life over the it? I wouldn’t but Hans Schlaffer did. A former Catholic priest, Schlaffer converted over to the Anabaptists after his …

December 4, 1674 – Marquette and Chicago

It seems to slip the memories of many Americans that the prime motivation for exploring and settling what would become the United States was to spread the gospel. We can think of places like St. Augustine or San Francisco as places that were founded as Christian mission posts. But Chicago? On December 4, 1674 Jacques Marquette began building a small …

December 3, 1154 – Pope Adrian IV

Guess how many popes were English? A grand total of 1: Pope Adrian IV who was elected on December 3, 1154. He was born Nicholas Breakspear in St. Albans, England (pictured here) and issued a Papal order (called a bull) telling the King of England to invade Ireland so the Irish can be a part of the church of Rome.

December 2, 1697 – St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, dedicated on December 2, 1697, has been an icon for the Church of England. Designed by England’s most celebrated architect Christopher Wren (who is buried there), it has been the site of the funerals of both Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. The cathedral is still in daily use today and is the mother church of …

December 1, 1521 – Pope Leo X

When Martin Luther decided to nail those 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517 he was doing much more than coming up with some thoughts on how the church was being run. One thing he did was get in big-time trouble from Pope Leo X who died on December 1, 1521. Leo X …

November 30, 1170 – Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket

When Henry II was king of England way back in the 1100’s he began the efforts to curb the power of the clergy and begin to pull away from the influence of the Pope and Rome. He held a conference called the Constitutions of Clarendon on 16 articles that set forth what these restrictions on the church would be and …

November 29, 1530 – Cardinal Thomas Wolsey

King Henry VIII’s desire for a divorce can’t be overstated when we discuss how the Bible was put together and how the Protestant Reformation came about in England. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was very powerful in King Henry’s court and held influential government offices while he served as Cardinal – and Archbishop of York. His home near London is called Hampton …

November 28, 1858 – Baptists in Poland

Baptist Churches in the US seem plentiful but the first one organized in Poland happened on November 28, 1858. William Weist baptized 8 people in the town of Stolzenberg (which is now called Rozanki) in what at that time was in Prussia which is in Poland today. Don’t look for Stolzenberg, Prussia on Google maps because it isn’t there. This …

November 27, 1095 – Crusades Begin

History has shown us one of the best ways to cure rivalries is to have a common enemy. As the influence of the papacy grew in middle ages, and as kings and emperors sought/fought for power, there was a great deal of infighting within Christianity. But Pope Urban II on November 27, 1095 solidified Christians when he began the great …