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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, August 7

44
[possible date] Death in Caesarea of Herod Agrippa, persecutor of the Apostles, who had executed James, the brother of John.
117
Death of Marcus Trajan, 65, Roman emperor from A.D. 98-117. His attitude toward Christianity gradually changed from toleration to persecution. It was during Trajan's rule that Apostolic Father Ignatius of Antioch was martyred.
768
Stephen IV, a Sicilian, is consecrated pope. He will form a close relationship with Pepin, the Frankish king, who will grant him the first of the papal estates.
1560
Ratification of the Scots Confession by the Scottish Parliament marked the triumph of the Reformation in Scotland, under the leadership of John Knox. (In 1647, the Scots Confession was superseded by the Westminster Confession.)
1771
Francis Asbury volunteers to go to America for the purpose of expanding its small, struggling Methodist Church.
1814
Pope Pius VII restores the Jesuits who had been suppressed for four decades. They will be strong defenders of the papacy and two hundred years later a Jesuit will, for the first time, become pope.
1852
Birth of Franklin L. Sheppard, Presbyterian organist and hymnbook editor. It was Sheppard who composed the hymn tune TERRA PATRIS, to which we sing "This is My Father's World."
1878
Missouri Synod Lutheran Church founder C. F. W. Walther wrote in a letter: 'Do not deny the Word of God when it speaks to you.'
1997
Death of Mrs. Minnie Janofski, who as a widow had become an assistant to missionaries in Bolivia twenty-four years earlier, cooking, sewing, and mending as needed, showing that age and lack of extraordinary skills need not be an impediment to Christian service.
2012
A Deeper Life Bible Church in Okene, Nigeria, is attacked by three unidentified gunmen, who open fire on a Bible study group with Kalashnikov assault rifles, killing nineteen.

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