June 11, 1936 – Presbyterian Church of North America

J. Gresham Machen was a professor of New Testament at Princeton who felt that, even though the university was a Presbyterian institution, the governing body United Presbyterian Church had become too liberal. In Philadelphia, PA on June 11, 1936 he and others broke away from the UPC and formed the Presbyterian Church of North America. In 1938 they would rename …

June 10, 1341 – Hesychasm

Hesychasm is a type of experiential prayer used primarily in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The prayer involves a series of breathing techniques and body posture – sort of like yoga and Buddhist monks do. The priest says the Jesus Prayer over and over (“Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me a sinner”). The idea that this type …

June 9, 1911 – Carrie Nation

Oh, the wonders one woman and a hatchet can do. Carrie Nation was such an ardent prohibitionist she took matters into her own hands – quite literally – by walking into bars and saloons and smashing fixtures and bottles of liquor with her hatchet. Sometimes she would have temperance women with her and other times she’d go it alone. By …

June 8, 1819 – Christian Medical College and Hospital

Dr. John Scudder, along with his wife and three other couples, sailed to India from Boston to begin medical missions work on June 8, 1819. His daughter Ida would be born there and returned to the US to attend Dwight Moody’s Northfield Seminary. She returned to India to care for her ailing mother vowing to be back in the US …

June 7, 1066 – Gottschalk martyred

Gottschalk was a prince of the Obotrite Confederation that existed in today’s northern Germany regions of Mecklenburg and Holstein. The Obotrites loosely banded together based on who they were fighting like Swedes and Danes and Saxons. The Obotrites were pagan people – in spite of influences from neighboring Charlemagne – and Gottschalk worked to bring his people to Christianity. But …

June 6, 1844 – Young Men’s Christian Association

George Williams is a reminder that we can serve God right where we are. He was successful in the cloth-making (or drapery) business in Victorian England and saw how deplorably most business people treated their employees. So he and a few fellow-drapery manufacturing owners met on June 6, 1844 and formed the Young Men’s Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.). YMCAs then spread …

June 5, 1851 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin

There are about a dozen books (depending on who is counting) that Americans can say made a huge political or social impact and Uncle Tom’s Cabin was certainly one of them. It was first published as a serial in a magazine called the National Era on June 5, 1851. The author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, was a committed Christian who felt …

June 4, 1639 – Fundamental Orders of New Haven

The revisionist history people who want to deny America’s founding on Christian principles crack me up. How they can gloss-over facts is both laughable and sad. When the founders of New Haven, CT decided to have a government, they produced the Fundamental Orders of New Haven on June 4, 1639. The document, pictured here, was developed in a barn and …

June 3, 1905 – Hudson Taylor

The Foreign Missionary Hall of Fame (if there was one) would certainly include Hudson Taylor as one of the founding inductees. Born in England to devout Christian parents, Taylor initially rejected the faith but during his time in medical school began to see the Light. His parents had long been focused/interested in those nations that had never heard the name …

June 2, 1901 – George Leslie Mackay

The first missionary commissioned by the Canadian Presbyterian Church was George Leslie Mackay who died of throat cancer on June 2, 1901. He spent his life in Taiwan (at that time called Formosa) and wanted to show the Chinese people how much he loved them and how much God loves them that he married a Chinese woman which was NOT …