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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, June 11

888
Death of Rimbert, archbishop of Bremen-Hamburg. He had helped evangelize Scandinavia and probably authored the life of his mentor Ansgar.
1289
Dante, who will one day write the Divine Comedy, fights on the side of the Guelphs in the Battle of Campaldino. The Guelphs are victorious and control Florence.
1632
John Owen graduates BA from Oxford University. He becomes one of the leading non-conformist preachers of his day and the author of many theological works. A Calvinist, he will strongly oppose Arminian views.
1799
Richard Allen (1760-1831), first African- American bishop in the U.S., was ordained a deacon of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.
1850
Birth of David C. Cook, pioneer developer of Sunday School curriculum. In 1875, Cook founded the David C. Cook Publishing Co., headquartered today in Elgin, Illinois.
1860
Death in London of Rev. Baden Powell, a clergyman-mathematician who developed an argument based on uniformitarian presuppositions to prove that belief in miracles is atheistic! He had also supported Darwinian evolution. His son, Robert Baden-Powell, will later found the Boy Scouts.
1918
Brazil's first Pentecostal Church was established by missionaries Daniel Berg and Adolf Gunnar Vingren. The new congregation was registered as an 'Assembly of God' church.
1923
Mildred Cable and the Chinese Trio leave Hwo Chow to set out for Central Asia, uncertain what and where the Lord is calling them. Years later they will have preached the gospel to hundreds of cities and villages in the Gobi desert.
1936
The Presbyterian Church of North America is founded in Philadelphia, led by J. Gresham Machen and others who believe that the United Presbyterian church has become too liberal. In 1938 the denomination changes its name to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
1970
Death of missionary Frank Laubach in Benton, Pa. He had taught reading through phonetics.

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