Today in Christian History
Roman Emperor Honorius issues an imperial edict banishing Pelagians from Rome as a great threat to peace. They seemed to teach that people have a say in their own salvation apart from grace.
Pope Urban sails from Avignon to Italy to restore the papacy to Rome.
Death in battle of Chevalier de Bayard, considered the epitome of a Christian courtier and one of the finest soldiers in France, a “knight without fear and without reproach.”
Birth of Orville J. Nave, the U.S. Armed Services chaplain who compiled the "Nave's Topical Bible" -- still in print!
Death at Mount Sheffield, of James Montgomery, author of the Christmas carol "Angels from the Realms of Glory."
Death of Ignatius Bryanchaninov, who had been a bishop and theologian of the Russian Orthodox Church and the writer of many books on prayer and spiritual life, intended primarly for monks.
Nlemvo (Mantantu Dundulu) converts to Christianity, the first Protestant convert in the Congo. He will collaborate in translating the New Testament, Proverbs, and Psalms into the Kikongo language, with other Christian literature.
Birth of John T. Benson, Jr, religious composer and former president of Heartwarming Music in Nashville. His best-known sacred composition was the hymn, "Love Lifted Me."
English scholar J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in a letter: 'Evil labors with vast powers and perpetual success -- in vain: preparing always only the soil for unexpected good to sprout in. So it is in general, and so it is in our own lives.'
The Scriptures Visualized Institute moves two days before its old lease expires. Almost miraculously, its new building had been completed in time, despite steel shortages. It is one of the earliest gospel film companies that will make a lasting impact in the field.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"