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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, June 13

313
Edict of Milan is proclaimed by Licinius when he enters Nicomedia.
853
Beheading in Toledo of Fandila, a priest of Tabanos, who had reviled Muhammed.
1525
German reformer, Martin Luther, formerly a monk, marries Katherine von Bora, formerly a nun, who had escaped from her convent in a fish barrel.
1742
English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in his journal: 'Oh, let none think his labor is lost because the fruit does not immediately appear.'
1749
In Germany, John Henry Schramm ordains Philip William Otterbein, who will become a notable evangelist and leader of the United Brethren movement in America.
1816
Birth of Edward F. Rimbault, the English church organist who composed the hymn tune to which is sung 'O Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice.'
1857
David E. Campbell, missionary to India, with his wife and two children are put to death by Nana Sahib, a rebel chief.
1876
The Presbyterian Church in England merged with the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland, in creating a more uniform representation of the Reformed faith in the British Isles.
1897
Birth of Reuben Larson, missionary pioneer who in 1931 (along with Clarence W. Jones) co-founded the World Radio Missionary Fellowship. Since 1969, WRMF has been headquartered in Opa Locka, Florida.
1910
A World Missionary Conference is called to order this evening at the Assembly Hall of the United Free Church of Scotland. Lord Balfour of Burleigh reads greetings from world leaders and the delegates arise spontaneously to sing "God Save the King." The conference will run for ten days.

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