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Today in Christian History
Gentle John Bradford is burned to death as a heretic during the reign of Mary Tudor. As he is led to his death, crowds line the way, weeping and praying for him. In the Tower of London, he had ministered to criminals.
The Westminster Assembly first convened in England, from which would emerge the Westminster longer and shorter catechisms.
Nineteen-year-old Chevalier de la Barre is decapitated and burned at Abbeville, France, for mutilating a figure of Christ that stood on the bridge of that town, an offence regarded as blasphemy. On the scaffold de la Barre remarks calmly, "I did not believe they could have taken the life of a young man for so small a matter."
The earliest recorded Methodist camp meeting in America was held in Logan County Kentucky, near the Gaspar River Church.
Robert Murray McCheyne is licensed to preach at the Presbytery of Annam, where he will become a famous pastor and revivalist.
Death of Catherine Winkworth, who had made masterful translations of German hymns into English.
In Wisconsin, the Gideons were founded by three traveling businessmen. They placed their first Bibles in 1908 at the Superior Hotel in Iron Mountain, Montana.
Apache leader Geronimo is baptized into the Methodist Church in Medicine Creek, Oklahoma Territory.
Hungarian-born Father Arcadius Garyaev is officiating an Orthodox wedding when a band of Red Army soldiers burst into his church and drag him out in his priestly vestments. They take him into the woods, kill him, and throw his body into a ravine where it will be found eleven days later.
Martin Niemoller, a leading Lutheran who resists Nazi racism, is arrested by the Gestapo. Released once, he will be arrested again and will spend many years in prison.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"