CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – April 7 – Cartoonist Johnny Hart

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – 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 …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – April 6 – Barrowe and Greenwood

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – 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 …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – April 5 – Robert Raikes

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – Did you go to Sunday School this week? 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 …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – April 4 – Simon Episcopius

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – 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’ …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – April 3 – Reginald Heber

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – 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 …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – April 2 – Assemblies of God

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – 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.

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – April 1 – Jonathan Goble and the rickshaw

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – 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 …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 31 – Francis Asbury

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – 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 …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 30 – Archbishop Thomas Cranmer

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – 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 …

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – March 29 – Hans Hauge

CHRISTIAN HISTORY TODAY – 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. …