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 …

June 1, 1826 – John F. Oberlin

Oberlin College rests about 35 miles from Cleveland, Ohio and boasts a strong liberal arts education and renowned music conservatory. It was named for missionary John F. Oberlin who worked with poor, remote villagers in the Alsace-Lorraine valley region of France (pictured here) and not only taught them the gospel but practical trade skills. After Oberlin died on June 1, …

April 17, 387 – Augustine

Augustine was one of the greatest theologians in all of Christian history. He was a tremendous thinker about how the church should operate and was the first to expound on and articulate the doctrine of predestination. He also believed parts of the Apocrypha were Scripture and that church tradition was equal to the Bible – which is where the Roman …