August 20, 1527 – Diet of Odense

Today the county of Denmark is about 85% Lutheran but if it weren’t for King Frederik I’s decision at the Diet of Odense on August 20, 1527, it may have been a different story. When Frederik was first coronated he pledged his support for the Roman Catholic Church and vowed to keep the Protestant Lutherans out of Denmark but pulled …

August 19, 1886 – Church of God

The Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee, (which is the official name of the Church of God) first began as the Christian Union on August 19, 1886, by former Baptist minister Richard Sperling. By 1923, when the name change occurred, the Pentecostal denomination had hundreds of thousands of members. The Church of God is still headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee.

August 18, 1688 – John Bunyan’s last sermon

One of the most impactful books written on living the Christian life is “Pilgrim’s Progress”. Penned by John Bunyan, who began writing while in prison because he was preaching without permission from the Church of England, preached his last sermon on August 18, 1688. Pilgrim’s Progress has been translated into 200 languages and has yet to go out of print.

August 17, 1761 – William Carey

William Carey is known as the father of modern missions for a reason. Carey would spend his career in India and start schools and seminaries as well as translating the Bible into many Indian languages. He was born on August 17, 1761 in Northamptonshire, England.

August 16, 1795 – Absalom Jones

August 16, 1795 – Absalom Jones was America’s first African-American Episcopal priest when he was ordained on August 16, 1795.  Jones was a former slave who worked diligently to help other freed slaves in Philadelphia, PA and formed the Free Africa Society before his ordination into the Episcopal Church.

August 15, 1096 – Crusades begin

The Crusades of Christians again Muslims in Palestine are not a great example of loving your neighbor or turning the other cheek or taking the Gospel to all the nations.  Pope Urban II began the Crusades by preaching a “kick-off sermon the previous November but the first troops left on August 15, 1096.  They would last about 200 years.

August 14, 1248 – Cologne Cathedral

The most visited place in all of Germany is the great cathedral in Cologne which began construction on August 14, 1248.  This glorious structure was originally built to house the remains of the Magi (I’m not sure where they thought they were getting these remains from) and was completed in the 1880s.

August 13, 236 – Hippolytus

When you are a disciple of Irenaeus of Lyon, who was a disciple of Polycarp, who was a disciple of the Apostle John you already have some serious credibility. Second century theologian Hippolytus had those creds when he wrote against the Gnostic heretics who had infiltrated the early church. Hippolytus died a martyr on August 13, 236 AD (some records …

August 12, 1812 – Archibald Alexander

Princeton, like most of the universities in America, began as a seminary to train pastors. On August 12, 1812, Princeton’s first full professor was appointed to teach theology. Archibald Alexander took the role having been a Presbyterian minister and the 4th president of Hampton-Sydney College.

August 11, 1872 – Dr. Lowell Mason

Known as the “Father of American Church Music”, Dr. Lowell Mason didn’t begin his celebrated music composition career as a musician but as a clerk in a bank in Savannah, GA. By the time he died on August 11, 1872, he had become the president and conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston and written some famous hymns …