January 7, 367 – Athanasius

Athanasius was the bishop of Alexandria who led the fight against his fellow African Arius in what would culminate in the Council of Nicea in AD 325. After Athanasius’ successful efforts against Arius, he became the first to use the term “canon of Scripture” when he divided the books of the Bible into 3 parts: Holy Scripture, the Apocrypha, and …

January 6, 1850 – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Raise your hand if you are glad Charles Haddon Spurgeon accepted Jesus Christ on January 6, 1850? Mine is raised for sure. He was one of the most prolific writers and pastors of the 19th century and his pastorate of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London for 38 years made a huge impact. This is a picture of the church before …

January 5, 1527 – Felix Manz

This beautiful picture is of the Limmat River as it runs through Zurich, Switzerland. It was also the site of the first Anabaptist to martyred named Felix Manz. Manz and his fellow Anabaptists disagreed with the Protestant Giant Huldrych Zwingli on infant baptism because it was not scriptural. But Zwingli’s Zurich City Council outlawed “re-baptizing” adults and Manz refused to …

January 4, 1934 – Reichs-Bishop Ludwig Mueller

Have you heard of the Confessing Church? As the Nazis began to take more and more power in Germany during the 1930’s one of Hitler’s goals was to silence the church. He knew as the country began to see what evil lurked in his heart he didn’t need the church’s morals to get in his way. Because the pastors were …

January 3, 1560 – Peder Palladius

Each country in Europe had to figure out how they were going to deal with the Protestant Reformation. In Italy and Spain, it was really easy: We ain’t budging. But in countries like Denmark, it took war. The Danish King Christian III not only won a battle against Catholic bishops but preached in the pulpits and one of his key …

January 2, 1542 – Ecclesiastical Ordinances

In addition to all of the work John Calvin did in the area of theology, he also ran an entire city-state-republic in Geneva, Switzerland. On January 2, 1542, his Ecclesiastical Ordinances were ratified as church law and thus the law of the land. It spelled out such things as how children would be educated when sermons were to be preached …

January 1, 1937 – Gresham Machen

As church liberalism began to grow at Princeton University in the 1920s the Presbyterian general assembly and the faculty saw a huge split over ideas such as the historical reliability of the Bible. Founded on the principles of a conservative Presbyterianism, a New Testament professor named Gresham Machen unsuccessfully argued that Princeton must remain true to its founding but his …

December 31, 1891 – Bishop Samuel Ayaji Crowther

How many of us would return to a place where we were sold into slavery to preach the gospel? Bishop Samuel Ayaji Crowther did just that when he returned to his native Nigeria to turn his people from idol worship to Christ. Sold into slavery several times, Ayaji was on a slave ship headed to Brazil when a British warship …

December 30, 1927 – International Church of the Fourscore Gospel

On December 30, 1927, the International Church of the Fourscore Gospel was incorporated in Los Angeles, CA by its founder Pentecostal evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. She was an enormous influence in southern California for decades, fed over 1.5 million people during the depression, and even won several prizes for the church’s Rose Bowl Parade floats. At the height of her …

December 29, 1903 – Thomas Welch

Who knows how the Lord will work to accomplish something good? Thomas Welch was an early convert to Methodism in England at age 19 and surrendered to the ministry in the 1840s. Soon after he had an issue with his voice that prevented him from being heard in the pulpit, so he took up dentistry and medicine.  He then moved …