The famed sculptor and painter Michelangelo (left) was born this day. He produced some of the most profound religious art ever conceived by any artist. He also wrote religious sonnets which reveal a heart hungering for God.
Arthur T. Pierson was born in New York City. Entering the ministry, his first church was in Binghamton, N.Y., and then he moved on to pastor several Prebyterian Churches in the East. A two-year missionary tour of Great Britain brought him in contact with C. H. Spurgeon (he pastored the Metropolitan Tabernacle for two years after Spurgeon's death). Pierson became a Baptist in 1896 (when he was baptized by immersion, the Presbyterians dropped him), and lectured on missions in prominent evangelical colleges in England and Scotland (1891-1892). He wrote a biography of George Muller, and helped found the Student Voluneteer Movement. His interest in Bible prophecy, and his views on Dispensationalism led him to be a consulting editor of the Scofield Reference Bible. Pierson was also editor of Missionary Review of the World for several years.