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 29, 29 – John the Baptist

No one knows for sure, but since the 5th century August 29, 29 has been the traditional date of the beheading of John the Baptist. This is a painting by DiVinci.

August 28, 1953 – Campus Crusade for Christ

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

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 …

August 23, 1928 – RK Carter and “Standing on the Promises”

The author of the famous hymn “Standing on the Promises” has several names: Dr. Russell Kelso Carter, Colonel Kelso Carter, Reverend R.K Carter. Raised Presbyterian, he became influenced by a Methodist revival meeting and moved to California from Baltimore where he subsequently divorced his wife and began preaching. He became embroiled with one of the first cases of mail fraud …

August 22, 556 – Columba and the Loch Ness Monster

In one of the more fun facts I’ve been tracking is this one that supposedly took place on August 22, 556. Supposedly the iconic St. Columba, who was the primary Christian missionary to Scotland, on this day confronted the Loch Ness monster. And supposedly, according to his biographer, “At the voice of the saint, the monster was terrified and fled …

August 21, 1866 – Civilla Martin and “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”

Hymn writers take all shapes and forms.  They aren’t all Fanny Crosby, Isaac Watts or Charles Wesley.  Some of them are like Civilla Durfee Martin, a school teacher from Nova Scotia who wrote three pretty famous hymns: “God Will Take Care of You”, “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power”, and “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”  She was born …