Prominent abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote 30 books, including novels, travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters during her life. As important as she was as an author, she was equally famous for her public stands on the important social issues of the day, from slavery to women’s rights. Her courageous life is a profound example of someone using their calling to engage the world around them. By obeying God’s calling on her life, using her God-given talent in the time and place in which He called her, she changed her world and continues to influence ours. May we also have the courage to do the same with our own skills in this cultural moment.
Mary Slessor was the defender of children in the mid to late 1800s. Her story is a wonderful part of the larger, ongoing Story of restoration, accomplished by Christ through His people within the time and place they are called. Slessor offers yet another example for Christ-followers that taking the Gospel to pagan cultures will typically involve protecting children. Our calling is no different.
Today, June 6, marks the anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history and marked a turning point in the War. Today is a day to look back in history, to learn about what happened, and honor those who fought and died to defend freedom.
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This Friday, the Museum of the Bible will open Basilica Sancti Petri: The Transformation of Saint Peter’s Basilica, an exhibit that looks at the architecture of the Vatican’s church and examines how it has influenced the design of cathedrals around the world.