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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, March 4

1621
Death in Brussels of Ana de Jesús, a discalced (shoeless) nun who had founded several branches of the Carmelites. She had been a close associate of Teresa of Avila. The church will soon declare her "Venerable."
1738
Moravian missionary Peter Bohler, 26, advised future English founder of Methodism John Wesley, 34: 'Preach faith until you have it; and then, because you have it, you will preach faith.'
1804
The British and Foreign Bible Society (BFBS) was founded at a large interdenominational meeting in London. Its purpose was "to promote the circulation of the Holy Scriptures, without note or comment, both at home and in foreign lands."
1827
Death in India of Sheikh Salih, a notable Indian Christian. At his baptism he had taken the name Abdul Masih, meaning "servant of the Messiah."
1850
Future statesman James A. Garfield, at age 18, was "buried with Christ in baptism." Thirty-one years, to the day! after his conversion, Garfield took the oath of office as 20th President of the United States.
1890
Death in Leipzig, Germany, of Franz Delitzsch, German Lutheran Old Testament scholar and theologian, a Christian Hebraist. His greatest contribution to biblical scholarship was an Old Testament commentary he published in collaboration with J. F. K. Keil.
1901
Death in Northfield, Massachusetts, of American evangelist Daniel W. Whittle, author of several popular hymns including "There Shall Be Showers of Blessing," "Have You Any Room for Jesus?" "I Know Whom I Have Believed," and "Moment by Moment."
1906
William Seymour, having preached that tongues is the Bible evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, is padlocked out of the Los Angeles church at which he had been invited to preach. This will force him to continue his ministry in a private home and soon prompt him to rent space on Azusa Street where revival will break out.
1963
Gaspar Makil, a Filipino missionary to Vietnam, his young daughter Janie Makil and Elwood Jacobson, a missionary from the United States, are killed by the Vietcong while travelling to the Makil home.
1966
London's "Evening Standard" newspaper published an interview with Beatle John Lennon in which he remarked: 'Christianity will... vanish and shrink... We're more popular than Jesus Christ right now.' The quote touched off a storm of international protest, resulting in burnings and boycotts of the Beatles' records.

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