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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, April 29

1529
Reformers outlaw the mass in Basel, Switzerland.
1607
The first Anglican (Episcopal) church in the American colonies was established at Cape Henry, Virginia.
1764
John Newton is ordained a deacon in the Church of England. He had been a slaver at the time of his conversion to Christ.
1834
Birth of Joseph H. Gilmore, American Baptist clergyman and Hebrew instructor. He is better remembered today, however, as author of the hymn: "He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought."
1849
Major Thomas Jackson confesses Christ by public baptism at St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church Fort Hamilton, New York, officiated by the Rev. Mr. Parks. As a general in the American Civil war, Jackson will exhibit great courage, earning the nickname "Stonewall" and showing deep concern for the spiritual condition of each man under his command.
1866
Imad-ud-din converts from Islam to Christianity in India and becomes a famed preacher, author, and translator.
1882
Death of John Nelson Darby, a biblical scholar and founder of the Plymouth Brethren.
1933
The Navigators trace their origin to this date, when founder Dawson Trotman began the work in San Pedro, CA. In 1943, this evangelical mission was formally incorporated, and is headquartered today in Colorado Springs, CO.
1945
U.S. troops liberated the oldest of the Nazi concentration camps -- Dachau -- in Bavaria, West Germany. It is estimated that nearly 32,000 prisoners (mostly Jews) perished at Dachau during its 12-year existence as a Nazi detention camp.
1952
Death of Samuel M. Zwemer, 85, American Dutch Reformed missionary. Serving in Egypt between 1890-1905, Zwemer helped found the Arabian Mission in 1888 and authored over 50 volumes during his life -- many in Arabic.

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