Today in Christian History
Death of Clare of Assisi, a Benedictine nun known for her spiritual relationship with St. Francis and for founding the Poor Clares.
Death of Tetzel in Leipzig, "neglected, smitten in soul, and full of misery." A hawker of indulgences, he had been a relentless foe of Luther. After indulgences had fallen into disrepute through Luther's teaching, Tetzel complained to Rome that he was safe nowhere, but Luther, when he heard of his illness, had written him a kind letter, forgiving him.
The Zurich town council agrees to suppress Anabaptists.
Robert Barclay completes a catechism and confession of faith, his first mature works.
Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'Scriptural faith is a very different thing from a rational assent to the Gospel. Christ is not only the object, but the Author and Finisher of faith.'
Death of composer Lowell Mason in Orange, New Jersey. His publication of church music had been prolific, with over fifteen hundred sacred compositions to his credit. His popular tunes included those to which we sing "Nearer, My God, to Thee,"" When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," "My Faith Looks Up to Thee," and "Blest Be the Tie that Binds."
Bud Robinson is converted. He will go on to become a leader in the Nazarene church.
Birth of Lee Shelley, missions pioneer. In 1957 he founded Christians in Action Missions in Huntington Park, California an interdenominational agency working overseas in evangelism, church planting and missionary training.
Birth of Jerry Falwell, U.S. Baptist clergyman. Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, he has also been an active political lobbyist and once headed the Liberty Federation (formerly called Moral Majority), a Christian lobby which Falwell founded in 1979.
Death of Georges Vasilievich Florovsky, a twentieth-century Orthodox theologian, known for his eccumenism, profound learning, and clear writing on many areas of church life.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"