Where did church pulpits come from?

by The editors of Leben -- "And Ezra the scribe stood upon a platform of wood, which they had made for the purpose ..." – Nehemiah8:4 Solomon constructed a "brazen scaffold" before the altar, more…

This Bible translation excluded deity of Christ

by The editors of Leben -- Geneva's fall from grace was a top-down affair, cheered by her seminaries and blessed by her ministers. The proximate cause was the influence of the seminary across the more…

'Bible Bill' plots to rid Canada of Jews

by The editors of Leben -- Perhaps no single figure better personifies the prophet-politician than William Aberhart, who ruled the Province of Alberta with an idiosyncratic mix of premillenial prophecy, bizarre economic theories and more…

Progressives plot to kill 'human weeds'

by The editors of Leben -- In the early years of the 20th Century, the "science" of eugenics spread across America, from pulpits to statehouses, with religious zeal. The underlying premise of the eugenics more…

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

by The editors of Leben -- By Lillian Sokoloff, A.B. American Christianity has influenced, and been influenced by, a stunning panoply of non-conformist groups, separatist enclaves and, in some cases, self-styled prophets and messiahs. 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 It's a familiar story, one that many hymn books recount and preachers use to illustrate a hearty faith in God during difficult times. On a 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…