Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, June 7

761
During the iconoclast controversies, Byzantine Emperor Constantine V has John, the Abbot of Monagria, tied up in a sack and thrown into the sea because he refuses to trample an icon.
1048
Death of Berno of Reichenau who had done much to restore prosperity to the Lake Constance area (now in Switzerland). A scholar, he enriched the library, rebuilt the church, and wrote many treatises on music.
1099
The armies of the First Crusade (1096-99) reached the walls of Jerusalem.
1683
The Concord sets sail, carrying the first German settlers (Quakers and Mennonites fleeing persecution) toward their new home in Pennsylvania.
1794
Ordination of Archibald Alexander who will become a famous educator and first principal of Princeton Seminary.
1863
Death of Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian church organist and composer of "Silent Night" (STILLE NACHT). Gruber had written almost one hundred music compositions during his lifetime but "Silent Night" is his most famous tune.
1913
Ohio-born Methodist evangelist George Bennard introduced his new hymn, 'The Old Rugged Cross,' during a revival he was conducting at Pokagon, Michigan.
1945
Death in Guadalcanal of Ini Kopuria, founder of an evangelistic outreach known as the Melanesian Brotherhood.
1959
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a 'wandering to find home,' why should we not look forward to the arrival?'
2002
American missionary Martin Burnham and Filipino nurse Ediborah Yap are killed when the Philippine military launches a raid to rescue them from Islamic radicals who have held them captive in the jungle for more than a year. Burnham's wife Gracie is freed but suffers a gunshot wound.

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