Today in Christian History
Defeat and captivity of King Louis IX of France, “St. Louis,” in a crusade in which he had attacked Egypt.
Puritan parliamentarian Peter Wentworth is sent to the Tower of London for making a rousing defense of freedom of speech.
Philip Quaque, an Anglican priest serving on the Gold Coast, writes an account of an uprising of slaves on a Dutch ship, and commiserates his fellow Africans on their cruel treatment by slavers.
Ordination of hymnwriter Joseph Swain to pastor a church in London. His most famous hymn was "O Thou in Whose Presence."
Death of Alexander Haldane, 83. In 1797 he founded the Society for Propagating the Gospel at Home, after discovering that the Church of Scotland was as little interested in home missions as it was in foreign missions.
Birth of Lewis E. Jones, American YMCA director. Jones was also a writer of hymns, and his most enduring contribution (which he both wrote and composed) was "Power in the Blood."
Death of hymnwriter Mary Stanley Dana Shindler. Her best-known hymn began with the words "Flee as a bird to your mountain, thou who art weary of sin."
Confirmation in the Anglican Church of Hamu Lujonza Kaddu Mukasa. After Muslims take control of Uganda, he will lead a strong military counter-attack and win political control of the nation for Christians. As a trustee of the national church, he will advocate a policy of self-governance, self-support, and self-propagation.
Death in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, of Harold John Ockenga, neo-evangelical leader.
Death of Rousas John Rushdoony, a Presbyterian clergyman and theologian known as the "Father of Christian Reconstruction" who had advocated strict implementation of biblical moral law in America.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"