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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, August 9

1378
French bishops declare Pope Urban VI's election invalid because of the mob pressure put on them to elect an Italian pope. However, Urban's overbearing behavior is the real reason for the action. Thus begins the Great Schism in which two and three popes rule at once.
1644
English Parliament orders Roger Williams's book The Bloudy Tenent to be burned by the public hangman. Bloudy Tenent is an appeal for liberty of conscience against the "bloudy" practice of persecution.
1788
Birth of Adoniram Judson, American Baptist missionary. He first sailed to Burma in 1812, and spent nearly all of his remaining 38 years in missionary and literacy work there. Judson translated the entire Bible into Burmese by 1834.
1831
Mary Groves M
1851
Death of Karl F. A. Guetzlaff, first German Lutheran missionary to China, in Victoria, Hong Kong.
1942
English Bible expositor Arthur W. Pink wrote in a letter: 'Waiting on the Lord (Isa. 40:31, etc.) describes an attitude of soul when we are engaged in true prayer, but waiting for the Lord is the exercise of patience while His answer tarries.'
1945
The United States drops an atomic bomb on Urakami (Nagasaki), killing many Christians. One who survived was Fujie. She found her cousin Sojiro so burned she could only guess who he was from the shape of his lips. "Ah, Fujie," he said. "Take me to the church...I want to confess to the father. I want the sacrament." After helping him to the priest, she went back to search for her mother but discovered that the elderly woman, who had spent much of her time in prayer, had been vaporized.
1960
The Church of the Lutheran Confession adopted its constitution at a convention held at Watertown, South Dakota. The denomination was formally organized the following January (1961) at Sleepy Eye, Minnesota.
1970
St. Herman, "Wonderworker of All America," is glorified with a solemn liturgy at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral on Kodiak Island, Alaska, with simultaneous rites taking place at other Orthodox centers.
1992
Zareef Moreed Iskander, a Christian building contractor from Beni Khalid, Egypt, is murdered by militant Muslims, who accuse him of working on a church without a building permit.

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© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"