Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, June 12

1458
In England, the College of St. Mary Magdalen was founded at Oxford University.
1509
Publication of John Fisher's The Seven Penitential Psalms.
1677
Eusebio Kino is ordained a priest in the Jesuit order at Eistady, Austria. He will become a missionary to Mexico and the area that will become the southwestern United States.
1720
Birth of Isaac Pinto, translator of the first Jewish prayerbook published in America.
1844
Dr. D. B. McCartee, the first American Presbyterian missionary to settle in Central China, gets his first sight of the city of Ningpo where he will live and work for many years. His presence is the result of prayerful faith, the Board of Foreign Missions having prepared for the day when changes in international agreements would allow them to enter this region of China with the Gospel.
1845
Death in Hartburn, Northumberland, England, of clergyman John Hodgson, author of a well-planned history of Northumberland, and, perhaps more importantly, a successful advocate for improved safety in the mining industry.
1898
Death in Richmond, Indiana, of Sanford F. Bennett, American hymnwriter, author of the hymn “In the Sweet By and By” (“There's a Land That Is Fairer Than Day”).
1902
Death at the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota of John Johnson Enmegahbowh, the first recognized Native American priest in the Episcopal Church. He had worked tirelessly among the Ojibway people, especially in Minnesota.
1917
Death in Glasgow, Scotland, of James Denney. As a theologian and educator in the Free Church, he strongly defended the penal character of the atonement.
1950
American missionary martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Earthly blessing is no sign of heavenly favor. Behold how many wicked prosper.'

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