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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, July 7

781
[or 787] Death of St. Willibald, a pupil of St. Boniface.
1438
The Pragmatic Sanctions of Bourges, issued by King Charles VII of France, asserts Gallican liberties against the papacy.
1586
Birth of Thomas Hooker, colonial American pastor and an originator of the earliest system of federal government in America.
1755
John Berridge is admitted to the vicarage of Everton, an obscure village on the edge of Bedfordshire, England. He will retain the position for the rest of his life, even after he becomes a famous evangelist.
1818
Walter Scott arrives in New York from Scotland, and soon will become a leader and educator in the growing Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.
1859
Episcopalian bishop William Jones Boone the elder consecrates Samuel Schereschewsky with deacon's orders in St. George's Church, New York. Schereschewsky will become a notable missionary to China and a bishop.
1873
Lottie Moon is appointed to China by the Foreign Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention.
1896
The Gospel Missionary Union becomes the first "faith mission" to enter Ecuador in the persons of J. A. Strain, F. W. Farnol, and George Fisher.
1907
Death of Anna Louisa Walker Coghill at Bath, England. She had authored many poems and the popular hymn "Work, for the Night Is Coming."
1959
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'I "believed" theoretically in the divine forgiveness for years before it really came home to me. It is a wonderful thing when it does.'

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