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Today in Christian History
Martin Luther receives his Bachelor of Bible degree from the University of Erfurt.
Death in Vincennes of Cardinal Jules Mazarin. He had been noted for diplomacy and high taxation while he served as First Minister of France. His delegates helped negotiate the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.
Melville Cox, coming from the United States, reaches Liberia where he hopes to do mission work but will die within four months. His courageous and intrepid attitude, and his heroic death will give an impetus to the Methodist missionary spirit.
Birth of Phoebe Palmer Knapp, American Methodist hymnwriter. She published more than 500 hymn tunes during her lifetime; her most famous melody comprises the tune to Fanny Crosby's hymn, "Blessed Assurance."
Scottish clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne wrote in a letter: 'You will never find Jesus so precious as when the world is one vast howling wilderness. Then he is like a rose blooming in the midst of the desolation, a rock rising above the storm.'
Death at Cannes, France, of Methodist missionary and author William Arthur. A notable missionary to India he also wrote several successful books on his work and on the faith and was an internationally-known leader in his denomination.
Pioneer linguist Frank Laubach wrote in a letter: 'It seems to me...that the very Bible cannot be read as a substitute for meeting God soul to soul and face to face.'
Pentecostal evangelist Tommy Hicks arrives in Argentina and requests a large stadium. Local ministers, who have had little success winning souls, try to dissuade him, saying it is impossible to obtain a large stadium and more impossible to fill it. Hicks insists and is able to obtain consent from Argentina's president Juan Perón after healing him of a skin condition. After weeks of healing services in April and May, a larger stadium will be needed to handle the huge crowds.
The British send into exile Makarios III, archbishop of Cyprus, considering his outspokeness a threat to the island's peace.
Muslim gangs assault Christian garbage collectors in Cairo's Mokatam district this night, wounding at least one hundred and thirty people. They burn homes and destroy garbage trucks and recycling plants. No emergency services respond until morning, by which time nine Christians and a Muslim homeowner will be dead.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"