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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, May 29

1538
Holy Roman Emperor Charles V procures a brief from Pope Paul III, setting aside a sentence against his favorite preacher, the Benedictine monk Alonso de Viru
1546
Sixteen assassins enter Cardinal Beaton's castle early in the morning along with stone masons renovating the palace. They wait until Marion Ogilvy, Beaton's mistress, departs before breaking into the archbishop's rooms and stabbing him to death in retaliation for his recent execution of the reformer George Wishart.
1698
Construction began on Old Swedes (Holy Trinity) Church in Wilmington, Delaware. The structure has been used continuously as a place of Christian worship ever since.
1722
Death in Bremen of Laurenti Laurentius, German Pietist hymnwriter who had been cantor and music director at the cathedral church of Bremen.
1734
John Barnard preaches "The Throne Established by Righteousness" before the King's council and representatives in Masachussets, arguing that governments must have the consent of the governed and that government officials should respect church leaders - who in turn should support the government in maintaining order.
1774
Pioneer American Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his journal: 'Lord, keep me from all the superfluity of dress, and from preaching empty stuff to please the ear, instead of changing the heart.'
1779
Samuel Stillman preaches a sermon titled "The Duty of Magistrates" before the General Court of Massachusetts, calling for a bill of rights for Massachusetts, separation of church and state, and the abolition of slavery. He declares that governments have no right to impose religious practices upon anyone.
1934
The Barmen Synod opens, an assembly of German pastors who oppose Nazi racism and adhere to the historic Reformed Confessions, and therefore are known as the "Confessing Church."
1944
German Lutheran theologian and Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in a letter: 'We are to find God in what we know, not in what we don't know; God wants us to realize His presence, not in unsolved problems, but in those that are solved.'
1988
Following a beating by police in a Peruvian jail, Arturo Marin gives his heart to Christ. Later rearrested on mistaken identity, he serves his sentence in two of Peru's worst prisons, where he will lead many men to Christ. After his release, he will become a pastor with Heart Cry mission.

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© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"