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Today in Christian History
German Reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter: 'Love cares for the problems of others as if they were one's own.'
Burial of St Macarius at Zhabyn, opposite the Orthodox monastery he had founded. This Russian ascetic had allegedly performed great miracles.
Birth of Friedrich Wilhelm Blass, German biblical philologist. His 1896 "Grammar of New Testament Greek" became a foundational work in New Testament studies, and is still in print.
Birth of Carrie Ellis Breck, American Presbyterian poet. Several of her verses later became hymns, including "Help Somebody Today" and "Face to Face with Christ My Savior."
Death at Ticehurst, Sussex, UK, of John Dykes, who had written some well-known hymn tunes, two of which we sing to this day: "Holy, Holy, Holy" and "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee."
The Fifth Street Presbyterian Church of Troy, New York, became the first church in America to be illuminated by electric lighting.
Death at Highland Falls, New York, of hymnwriter Anna Bartlett Warner, most famous for the chidren's hymn "Jesus Loves Me."
Death in Jewett City, Connecticut, of Mary Haughton Brown, a Baptist teacher and hymnwriter. Most famous of her hymns had been "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go." Her death was caused by the infamous influenza pandemic that killed millions world-wide that winter.
Death of Liang Xiaochu, one of the most influential Chinese Christian leaders in the early part of the twentieth century. He had greatly increased YMCA membership but watered down its Christian component and stressed character and education instead.
To the extreme disappointment of many Christian groups, the United States Supreme Court hands down the Roe v. Wade decision that allows abortion even in cases where it is not necessary to save a mother's life.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"