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Conversion of Europe

Historian Bruce Shelley, in his Church History in Plain Language, writes about the conversion of Europe to Christianity:

 The bristling forests of northern Europe were inhabited by barbarian tribes who sacrificed animals and worshiped nature spirits among the trees and beside the streams. Any missionary who ventured among them, with any hope of conversions, had to demonstrate the superior power of the Christian spirits. 

The most famous incident tells of one eighth-century missionary named Boniface who marched into a shrine in Germany, the sacred forest of Thor, the god of thunder. The cult object was a massive oak. Boniface, so the story goes, took an axe to it. Just as he leveled the first stroke, a mighty breath of wind from God toppled the tree. The pagans marveled and were converted. Boniface used the wood to build a chapel to Saint Peter.

 That is the stuff that made Europe Christian. The missionary monks overthrew barbarian magic by calling down superior powers. God blew, and the tree fell. A miracle here and a victorious battle there; and the Germans were ready for baptism.

Reference: Bruce L. Shelley, Church History in Plain Language (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995), p. 152

It Was No Brute Strength

In 1996, on Brown Road in Mesa, Arizona, there was a bad accident involving two pickup trucks. The driver of one of the trucks, the one at fault, was instantly killed. The driver of the other truck, Eddie Kime, was tr... [Read More]

Reference: Abraham Kwok, "Superhuman effort saves man trapped in pickup," The Arizona Republic (3-29-96)

Amazing Power

The World Book Encyclopedia says the Earth moves in 3 ways:

  1. "It spins like a top around" its axis.
  2. " it travels around the sun" in its orbit.
  3. " it moves through the Milk... [Read More]

    Reference: The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, "Earth, " p. 17

Out of Gas

One New Years Day some years ago, in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit—it was out of gas. The whole parade was held up until someone could run and get a can of gas. Who was ... [Read More]

Reference: William Ray, Knowing God through Prayer—the Plan Jesus Gave (Ambassador International, 2008), p. 155