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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, July 1

1555
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.
1643
The Westminster Assembly first convened in England, from which would emerge the Westminster longer and shorter catechisms.
1765
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."
1800
The earliest recorded Methodist camp meeting in America was held in Logan County Kentucky, near the Gaspar River Church.
1835
Robert Murray McCheyne is licensed to preach at the Presbytery of Annam, where he will become a famous pastor and revivalist.
1878
Death of Catherine Winkworth, who had made masterful translations of German hymns into English.
1899
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.
1903
Apache leader Geronimo is baptized into the Methodist Church in Medicine Creek, Oklahoma Territory.
1918
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.
1937
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.

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