On This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan, as its name implies, is a daily devotional of sorts, with short stories of significant events and characters in Christian history. The text can easily be read in ten minutes each day, ending with a verse of Scripture.
Certain Christian traditions tend to forget the importance of church history. Being very involved in a Baptist church presently, I wouldn’t expect to hear much about church history. And yet, thankfully, our pastors are well-educated, big-picture kind of guys. Under their teaching, I have come to really appreciate the stories and perspectives of Christians who have gone before.
And that is why this book was intriguing to me: I’m not a trained theologian who would know where to begin to read about church history (although my pastors could certainly give me a list of books to read!). I am also a busy mom of four youngsters who doesn’t have much time in my day (at least in this stage of life) to read long, heady books.
In my time with this book, I have enjoyed that in an easy ten minutes each day (for a year), I can learn about 365 different brothers and sisters in Christ whose stories can mold and shape my own Christian walk. That’s exciting!
However, the flip side of the busy-mama coin is that I don’t have the time to research all 365 of these snippets to find out if they are historically accurate. And as with any non-inspired work written by a human, it comes from some sort of worldview that I’m not sure I always agree with.
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