Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, August 1

984
Death of Bishop Ethelwold. His emphasis had been to repair the spiritual damage left by Danish invasions, to promote the Benedictine order, and build monasteries and nunneries. The English people consider him a saint because he sold the treasures of the church to feed the poor. Objects could be replaced, he said, but lives are not replaceable.
1252
Death of John of Plano Carpini, emissary of the pope to the Mongols. He had traveled great distances to protest the invasion of Christian lands and assess the strength and goals of the Tatars.
1521
German reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter: 'Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly, for He is victorious over sin, death, and the world.'
1688
Wu Yushan is consecrated as a Catholic priest at Nanjing by the Chinese bishop Luo Wenzao. Wu's sermons will become the first collection by a Chinese Christian.
1821
Death of Elizabeth Inchbald, a beautiful actress, who, after the death of her husband, had made her living as a popular dramatist and novelist. Frugal, she had gone cold and hungry herself in order to have enough to help others. Uneasy at publishing a memoir she had written, she accepted the advice of her Roman Catholic spiritual advisor, and destroyed its four volumes for which she had been offered the magnificent sum of
1834
Death of missionary Robert Morrison at age 52. The first English Protestant missionary to China, he had translated the Bible into Chinese, constructed a Chinese grammar, founded an Anglo-Chinese college, and edited a six-volume Chinese dictionary.
1893
On his twenty-third birthday, Vladimir Nikolsky becomes a monk in the Russian Orthodox Church, taking the name Andronicus. He will go on to become an archbishop and a martyr under the Soviet regime.
1950
Czechoslovakian law says that any priest consecrated without permission of the state is to go to prison for three years - robbing the church of its perogative to choose its own representatives.
1979
Following her graduation from rabbinical college in Philadelphia, Linda Joy Holtzman was appointed spiritual leader of the Conservative Beth Israel congregation in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, making her the first female rabbi to head a Jewish congregation in America.
1982
Isaiah Ghele Sakpo, a leader, evangelist, and prophet in Nigeria's Apostolic Church, inaugurates the LAWNA Evangelical Defense Force (LAWNA stands for "Lagos, West and Northern Areas"), a movement whose task is to promote evangelism, prayer, and other spiritual activities among members.

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