September 27, 1540 – Jesuits Recognized

The Society of Jesus, best known as the Jesuits, was founded by Ignatius of Loyola in 1534. Pope Paul III officially recognized the order on September 27, 1540. Jesuits come from all walks of life and take three vows: poverty, chastity and obedience.

September 26, 1626 – Lancelot Andrewes

Lancelot Andrewes, in addition to being a bishop in the Church of England, was the chief translator of the King James Bible and guided the “committee” that translated the Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st-2nd Samuel and 1st-2nd Kings. He is said to have spent 5 hours every day in prayer. He died on September 26, 1626.

August 31, 1735 – Missionary John Sergeant

Norman Rockwell captured a meeting of missionary John Sergeant’s conversion of Mahican Chief Konkapot in this painting to commemorate the important meeting.  Chief Konkapot realized he was not able to defeat the white settlers and decided for a truce and thought he best way to live with these Europeans was accept their religion.  John Sergeant, who was appointed to convert …

August 30, 1900 – Boxer Rebellion missionary murders

The Boxer Rebellion in China was specifically anti-foreigners, anti-imperialists and anti-Christian. This internal Chinese conflict culminated in the murder of missionaries Willie and Helen Peat, their two young daughters and other friends on August 30, 1900.

August 28, 1953 – Campus Crusade incorporated

When Oklahoma native and caterer Bill Bright and his wife Vonette wrote a contract with God two years earlier to dedicate their lives to whatever the Lord would have them do, I wonder if they knew what an impact Campus Crusade for Christ would have. Campus Crusade was incorporated on August 28, 1953.

August 27, 1910 – Mother Theresa born

If I asked, “do you know who Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was?”, my guess is you may not. If I asked, “have you heard of Mother Theresa?” my guess you certainly have. Agnes joined an Irish convent and took the name Theresa. She was born on August 27, 1910 in Yugoslavia but would spend an amazing life in India.

August 26, 1901 – American Standard Bible

The first non-denominational Bible printed since the Authorized King James Version in 1611 was the English Revised Version and it was published in 1881. On August 26, 1901 there was an American version of the English Revised published called the American Standard Bible. The ASV was published by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 25, 1560 – Church of Scotland

The Scottish Parliament accepted the tenants of the Protestant Church of Scotland and officially breaks with the Roman Catholic Church on August 25, 1560. John Knox led the effort to make the changes (the Church of Scotland would be known as the Presbyterian Church in America). Knox wanted to be buried within yards of St. Giles’ Church (the mother church …

August 24, 1662 – Book of Common Prayer enforcement

Because the Church of England is the official church of Great Britain (which is one of the things America’s Founding Fathers did NOT want), the church is subject to the acts of the British Parliament. One of those was the Act of Uniformity passed on May 19, 1662. The Act stated every minister in England shall only use the official …