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Remembering the Life and Ministry of St. John

Apostles, Christian Calendar (Holidays), Christian Living, December Articles

December 27 St. John Remembered The life and ministry of the Apostle John, son of Zebedee, is observed annually on December 27 by Christians in the West. St. John was distinguished as a prophet, an apostle, and an evangelist. He is known as the beloved disciple or “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” and was the younger brother of James the Great. The two brothers, and sons of Zebedee, were known as the “sons of thunder.” John was previously a disciple of John the Baptist, and after becoming a disciple of Jesus was not only one of the Twelve Apostles, but one of the three...Read more... Read more... -->

Remembering the Life and Ministry of St. Andrew

Apostles, Bible, Christian Beliefs, Christian Calendar (Holidays), November Articles

November 30 Martyrdom of Apostle Andrew The Apostle Andrew, the brother of St. Peter, carried the Gospel to many Asiatic nations, beginning his missionary endeavors in the Provinces of Vithynia and Pontus on the southern shores of the Black Sea. It is believed that he subsequently traveled to the City of Byzantium where he established a church. In one of his missionary tours to Achaia (Greece), Andrew visited the city of Patras where his preaching and miracles drew many to Christ, including Maximilla, the wife of the Roman Proconsul, Aegeates. The Proconsul’s own brother, Stratoklis,...Read more... Read more... -->

National Bible Week—When America Needed God

American History, Bible, Christian Beliefs, Christian Calendar (Holidays), Christian History, Christian Living, December Articles, November Articles

American Thanksgiving Week National Bible Week The reading of the Bible was abruptly interrupted over the NBC radio network in 1941 when world-changing events began to transpire. Seldom in the history of America was Scripture needed to comfort and bring hope as it was needed that day. Yet, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the significance of the beginning of National Bible Week is almost, for many Americans, a matter of historical amnesia. Like so many, many other moments in American history, Christians were presented with a reason to be proud of their heritage.National Bible...Read more... Read more... -->

National Bible Week

Bible, Christian Beliefs, Christian Calendar (Holidays), Christian Living, Christian Witness, November, Schedule Post, Social Theology

Sunday before — Sunday after Thanksgiving National Bible Week The reading of the Bible was abruptly interrupted over the NBC radio network in 1941 when world-changing events began to transpire. Seldom in the history of America was Scripture needed to comfort and bring hope as it was needed that day. Yet, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the significance of the beginning of National Bible Week is almost, for many Americans, a matter of historical amnesia. Like so many, many other moments in American history, Christians were presented with a reason to be proud of their heritage....Read more... Read more... -->

Remembering the Apostles Jude and Simon

Apostles, Bible, Christian Beliefs, Christian Calendar (Holidays), Christian Living, October Articles

October 28 Apostles Jude and Simon the Zealot Remembered As the Apostles bore testimony to their faith in their Lord Jesus Christ through martyrdom, the Early Church began to observe days of remembrance for their ministries. Unfortunately, the Christian Church began to practice hagiolatry or the worship of the saints. Pagan ideas of prayer being offered to and for the dead began to be practiced among Christians. Though Christians should never pray or offer veneration and worship to anyone or anything other than God, there is an appropriate place in the life of the Christian Church to...Read more... Read more... -->

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"This Congress, therefore, considering the present critical, alarming and calamitous state of these colonies, do earnestly recommend that Thursday, the 20th day of July next, be observed, by the inhabitants of all the English colonies on this continent, as a day of public humiliation, fasting and prayer... "
– Congressional Prayer Proclamation
Journals of Congress, 2:87-88.
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