November 21, 1768 – Friedrich Schleiermacher

The Father of Liberal Theology, Friedrich E.D. Schleiermacher, is born in Breslau, Germany on November 21, 1768.  Schleiermacher wasn’t sure there was such a thing as absolute truth and thought Christianity was much more about you felt than what was written in Scripture.  His influence is still felt today. 

November 20, 1850 – Fanny Crosby

How many times have the hymns “Blessed Assurance”, “To God Be The Glory” and “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross” been sung? There is no way to count that high. Their blind-at-birth author, Fanny Crosby, received salvation at a Methodist revival on November 20, 1850 and would go on to write cantatas as well as hymns.

November 19, 1862 – Billy Sunday

The most dynamic and influential evangelist in the first two decades of the 20th century was Billy Sunday. Sunday, a former baseball player, was born in Ames, Iowa on November 19, 1862. He estimated that during the time of his ministry over 100 million people would attend over 300 of his revivals and over a million people would come to …

November 18, 1302 – Unam Sanctam

Adhering to the authority of the Pope is a condition of salvation according to Roman Catholic doctrine which was instituted by Pope Boniface VIII on November 18, 1302. Known as “Unam Sanctum” – Latin for “One Holy” – this papal bull would be challenged during the centuries after culminating in the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s.

November 17, 1961 – Charles H. Mason

The Azusa Street Revival, which was a major milestone in Pentecostalism in America, produced several denominations/churches and first was the Church of God In Christ (COGIC). COGIC’s founder, Charles H. Mason, died on November 17, 1961. The “mother church” began in Lexington, Mississippi.

November 16, 1855 – Victoria Falls and Dr. David Livingstone

The famed missionary-physician-scientist-slavery reformer-colonial expansionist Dr. David Livingstone for the first time sees the largest waterfall in the world in Zimbabwe. On seeing the falls on November 16, 1855, he gave them an English name for his queen, Victoria, and continued to search for the source of the Nile River. It would be 16 years later when a New York …

November 15, 1794 – John Witherspoon

When John Witherspoon died on November 15, 1794 he accomplished more than most could every imagine: President of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton), first moderator of the first Presbyterian Church General Assembly in America, and the only active minister to sign the Declaration of Independence. This statue of him in Washington, DC, is one of many around the …

November 14, 1784 – Bishop Samuel Seabury

American Samuel Seabury had to travel to Scotland to have his consecration ceremony as a bishop in the Church of England because he would not swear allegiance to King George III (you may recall America had just fought a revolution against him).  After his consecration on November 14, 1784, Seabury became the first Anglican (Church of England) bishop in America …

November 13, 1618 – Synod of Dort

The “fix was in” when the Dutch Reformed Church called a church council meeting (known as a synod) in the city of Dort on November 13, 1618. The Calvinist synod was called to discuss what to do about the growing number of Arminians in Holland and how to condemn ministers who didn’t buy in to predestination and other Calvinist doctrines. …

November 12, 1035 – King Canute

The idea of pagan Vikings ransacking monasteries and churches throughout England for 200 years isn’t hard to imagine because it was true. But for Danish king Canute of occupied England, he built churches and monasteries and supported the spread of Christianity in Denmark. When he died on November 12, 1035, he took church support to a new level that began …