Christian Mother of 7 Hacked to Death in Nigeria While Preaching

A Christian mother of seven was hacked to death by suspected Muslim radicals in Nigeria and her mutilated body was discovered in a pool of blood along with a Bible and megaphone she used to preach every morning.

CHR Comment: This is a strange story. Would it be normal for someone to preach with a megaphone at 5 AM? Could the motive for the killing extend to anger over the noise so early in the morning?

Eunice Olawale was a minister at Redeemed Christian Church.

Source: Christian Mother of 7 Hacked to Death in Nigeria While Preaching

Study of Ordaining Women Deacons

Pope Francis said he wants to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons, a step that could for the first time open the ranks of the Catholic Church’s all-male clergy to women.

CHR Comment: The word “deacon” literally means “servant,” and was variously used in the Scriptures and in church history. The article explains that currently ordained Roman Catholic deacons are allowed to preach at Mass but cannot consecrate the Sacrament. Whether women deacons would have the same office and service as the male deacons would be part of the study. In any case, “deacon” has meant many things over the centuries.

Source: Pope Francis: Let’s study possibility of ordaining women deacons

The Scope and Purpose of Church History Review

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Image courtesy of dan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Thanks to those who read and use Church History Review. About a year ago I began searching online for a comprehensive church history site that would engage amateur and professional church historians by offering resources for those doing research or teaching on global church history. Although there are some great sites available, I did not find the kind of site I was looking for so I decided to start a site of my own.

Scope of Content
Church History Review provides a comprehensive collection of links to sites about historic events, texts, and church life today so that readers may explore topics that interest them. The collection is focused on churches in the Trinitarian tradition such as Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and modern Evangelical denominations, as well as independent groups and house churches that worship the Triune God. Recently, I greatly expanded the number of sites for denominational archives and I am always adding links to historical maps and infographics. Readers who discover valuable online resources that I have not yet included are welcome to contact me in the comments feature so that I can expand the site. My long-range goal is to create the most comprehensive and useful church history site on the web. Your contributions toward that goal would be greatly appreciated.

History in Real-Time
Nearly every day I see news reports on church life and I notice that they often lack the deep perspective of history, which helps us understand the place and importance of events in perspective. By gathering and commenting on stories, I am writing church history in “real-time” so I can prepare an annual summary. You can read my first year’s results on the page 2015 Global Events in Church History.

Preaching and Teaching Resources
Any church leader who uses illustrations or examples in their teaching and preaching will find a wealth of recent stories and resources on Church History Review to liven their sermons or bring discussion of current events into their classroom. The site includes a search feature just for this purpose. One can also click on the collection of tags (listed at right) to discover stories of interest.  The resource pages listed at the top of the site include links to maps, timelines, and other classroom tools. Explore, learn, and share!

In Christ,
Rev. Edward A. Engelbrecht, STM
Site Administrator

Keller, Piper, and Carson on Why the Reformation Matters Today

Don Carson, John Piper, and Tim Keller discuss the ongoing relevance of the Reformation for ministry today.

CHR Comment: A brief panel discussion by American Evangelicals considering the ongoing importance of Protestantism after 500 years. Most of the comments are about Luther and Calvin, especially Calvin. The panelists helpfully point out that the Reformers restored the role of primary source study and preaching to Christianity in general, guaranteeing their importance from the Reformation forward. They also mention excesses of the Reformers that should be avoided.

Source: Keller, Piper, and Carson on Why the Reformation Matters Today