Did Russians in L.A. 'found' Pentecostalism?

by The editors of Leben -- [caption id="attachment_848451" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The four Molokan pioneers in Los Angeles. Left to right: Vasili I. Holopoff, Aleksei Ivanich Agaltsoff, Mikhail N. Agaltsoff, Andrei N. Agaltsoff. Photographed in more…

Church bazaars that are truly bizarre

by The editors of Leben -- While perusing the December 1894 issue of the Missionary Guardian, our eye was drawn to an article in which the editors had pulled together quite a collection of more…

How Sunday school shaped the American frontier

by The editors of Leben -- When Robert Raikes, the editor of the Gloucester Journal, opened the doors of his "Sunday school" to the children of local chimney sweeps, few could have predicted that more…

Dark history swirls around famous hymn

by The editors of Leben -- by Kate Uttinger [caption id="attachment_683485" align="alignright" width="223" caption="Horatio Spafford"][/caption] It's a familiar story, one that many hymn books recount and preachers use to illustrate a hearty faith in more…

'Little animals' in water testify to God

by The editors of Leben -- by Kurt Snow In October 1676, the Royal Society received an astonishing letter that began, "In the year of 1675 I difcover'd living creatures in Rain water…." What more…

Where did Bible's verse numbers come from?

by The editors of Leben -- By Doug Schlegel In 1524, the son of a Parisian printer took over his father's business at the age of 21. There is nothing particularly unusual about a more…

The woman who fought off Napoleon

by The editors of Leben -- [caption id="attachment_641441" align="alignright" width="210" caption="Queen Louise of Prussia"][/caption] She had captured the hearts and imaginations of her people with her beauty and acts of charity, but it was more…

War waged over the image of Christ

by The editors of Leben -- In "Baudolino," Spanish novelist Umberto Eco takes readers on a dizzying journey through the world of signs, symbols and syntax, the area encompassed by "semiotics," Eco's field of more…

From disgrace to 'Amazing Grace'

by The editors of Leben -- by Don Haines John Newton Jr. was born on July 24, 1725, to a loving mother and an emotionally distant father. His father, John Sr., was a ship's more…