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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, February 15

670
Death of King Oswy of Northumbria. Oswy was involved in the treacherous murder of his main rival, Oswin, who had raised forces to oust him. However, under Oswy's rule much of the middle of England converted to Christianity and his armies were triumphant against sizable pagan forces.
1386
Baptism of Jagiello (Jagaila), King of the Lithuanians, in Poland.
1621
Death in Brunswick-Wolfenb├╝ttel of Michael Praetorius, German composer, on his fiftieth birthday. He wrote many beautiful pieces of Christian music, such as "In Dulci Jubilo."
1643
John Campanius, Lutheran pastor and missionary to the American Indians, arrives in America (New Sweden on the Delaware River).
1762
Anglican hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'We serve a gracious Master who knows how to overrule even our mistakes to His glory and our own advantage.'
1860
Wheaton College was chartered in Illinois under Methodist sponsorship. (The following year the school passed into Congregational control. Today, Wheaton is non-denominational.)
1905
Death at Crawfordsville, Indiana, of Lew Wallace, author of Ben Hur. The novel had been conceived on a train ride while arguing about Christ's divinity with famous agnostic Robert Ingersoll. It sold more than 300,000 copies in a decade, making it one of the best-selling religious books of the 1800s.
1930
Death of Franklin L. Sheppard, 78. He served on the editorial committee of the 1911 edition of the Presbyterian Hymnal, but is better remembered for composing the hymn tune TERRA BEATA, to which "This Is My Father's World" is most commonly sung.
1986
Living Bibles International moved to its present headquarters in Naperville, IL. Founded in 1968 by Ken Taylor, editor of the Living Bible, LBI is an interdenominational Bible distributing agency, working in 45 countries.
1994
The last hostile soldiers depart from Tavane Mission, a Nazarene work in Mozambique, leaving it in ruins. Nazarenes in Mozambique had suffered much persecution with the coming of revolution and expulsion of missionaries. Benjamin Langa, who had been left in charge of Tavane Mission, once preached with guns pointed at him.

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