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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, January 21

1217
Matthew Paris is clothed as a novice at the Abbey of St. Albans in England. He will be remembered as a monk who chronicled English history.
1525
Hans Denck, a schoolmaster who argues that Lutheran reform is empty unless accompanied by the inward light of the Spirit, is banished from the city of Nuremberg.
1549
The English parliament passes "An Act for Uniformity of Service and Administration of the Sacraments throughout the Realm" which establishes the first Book of Common Prayer in Edward's reign.
1672
A Bedford, England, congregation calls John Bunyan as its pastor. He is in prison at the time for preaching.
1738
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in his journal: 'I desire to have no greater portion than the prayers of the poor.'
1750
Newly-ordained missionary Christian Friedrich Schwartz embarks from London for Tranquebar, the seat of the Danish Mission in India. Four months after arriving, he will preach his first sermon in Tamil and afterwards will conduct a successful work.
1781
Robert Aitken petitions the U.S. Congress to officially sanction his publication of the first English-language Bible printed in America.
1913
Death in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of Fanny Coppin, an ex-slave who became an educator to her people, principal of the Institute for Colored Youth, an inspiration to the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and a missionary to South Africa.
1931
Soviets execute the Orthodox priest Peter Alexeyevich Bulgakov for "agitation against Soviet power." He had long resisted their efforts to get him to abandon his faith and three months before his death had refused to hand over church keys to them.
1956
Elders of the Little Flock and twenty-eight other Christian leaders in Shanghai are arrested. They have carried on the work begun by Watchman Nee, who is in prison.

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