Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, January 13

1547
The Council of Trent debates the doctrine of justification and anathematizes the fundamental doctrines of the Lutheran Reformation.
1635
Birth of Philip Jacob Spener, founder of German pietism. The name for the Bible studies (called "collegia pietatis") held in his home came to be associated with his followers, who were afterward called Pietists.
1681
Don Carlos Sig
1873
Death at Mortlake, Surrey, England, of Anglican clergyman and missionary statesman Henry Venn.
1888
Charles Spurgeon is censured by the Baptist Union because of his stand in the Down-Grade Controversy and his refusal to provide names and supporting evidence against other Baptist ministers.
1889
The first three Lutheran deaconesses in America are consecrated at the Philadelphia motherhouse.
1919
Death in Miami, Florida, of hymnwriter Margaret Jenkins Harris who had written the popular hymns "He Took My Sins Away," "I Will Praise Him," and "I've Pitched My Tent in Beulah."
1930
Soviets arrest Orthodox priest Artemius Grigoryevich Zuyev in Taldy-Kurgan province and sentence him to death for anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation.
1936
Baptist clergyman B.B. McKinney, 50, wrote the words and tune to the gospel song, "Wherever He Leads, I'll Go," a few days before the opening of a Sunday School convention in Alabama.
1964
Pope Paul VI nominates Karol Wojtyla to be Archbishop of Cracow. In 1978 Wojtyla will become Pope John Paul II.

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