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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, February 7

1451
Death of Peter of Mladonovice, friend of Jan Hus and recorder of that martyr's mistreatment and death at the hands of the Council of Constance.
1528
The Swiss Canton of Bern officially embraces Protestantism, passing an edict abolishing Romish bishops.
1569
Philip II, king of Spain, decrees the establishment of the Inquisition in Lima. Among its many victims will be Jews.
1672
Solomon Stoddard accepts a call as pastor of Northampton Church, Massachusetts. He will minister there for fifty-five years. Among his most famous innovations will be the so-called "Halfway Covenant" that will allow people who are unsure of their salvation to partake of Communion. He will also become the grandfather of famed theologian Jonathan Edwards.
1856
Rev. Daniel Bliss lands in Syria where he will work as a missionary for close to fifty years, seven years in traditional activities and the remainder as an educator.
1876
Moody and Sankey commence a New York evangelistic "crusade" at the Great Roman Hippodrome on Madison Avenue.
1916
The Orthodox monk Hermogenes is tonsured at the Belogorsk monastery. Two and a half years later he will be shot by Bolsheviks.
1943
David H. Youngdahl becomes the first chaplain endorsed by the Baptist General Conference to die in military service, going down on a transport en route to Europe during World War II.
1947
U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed: 'We want to do right, and to be right; so start us in the right way, for Thou knowest that we are very hard to turn.'
1977
Rhodesian terrorists kill seven white Roman Catholic missionaries, including four nuns, at St. Paul's Mission, Musami. They ignore black Christians and staff.

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