Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, August 12

844
Charles the Bald gives Bishop Hincmar an estate - which the bishop will make over to the hospice of St. Denis on his elevation to the archepiscopate.
1792
During the French Revolution, a decree orders the evacuation of all religious houses that are still occupied by "religious men and women" (meaning monks and nuns), except those that provide medical services or charities. The occupants have until October 1st to comply.
1812
Archibald Alexander becomes the first professor of Princeton, filling its theology chair. Like many of America's premiere colleges and universities, Princeton had been founded to train ministers.
1838
Birth of Joseph Barnby, English organist and choirmaster. He composed nearly 250 hymn tunes during his life. Of these the most enduring include LAUDES DOMINI ("When Morning Gilds the Skies"), LONGWOOD ("Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart"), MERRIAL ("Now the Day is Over") and ST. ANDREW ("We Give Thee But Thine Own").
1859
Ashbel Green Simenton lands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "What can one or two missionaries accomplish in an empire as large as the United States?" he had asked. "The work is so perfectly hopeless by mere human agency that they who undertake it must either find support by resting upon the power of God or else despair." He will found the first Presbyterian Church in Brazil. In order to carry on his work more effectively, he will move to the center of the city, where he will be exposed to malaria. With friends begging him to leave, he retorts that if foreign merchants live there merely to make money, he should be willing to do so to win souls. He will contract malaria and die at the age of thirty four.
1918
Bolsheviks arrest the Orthodox spiritual father of the Belogorsk monastery, Hieromonk Vyacheslav, whom they will execute.
1947
A group of Ayor
1952
American missionary and martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'I must come to be aware of Satan. He may never get me into hell, but he may cause God shame in defeating me. Preserve me from the lion, Lord. Let him not swallow me up.'
1978
In Rome, the first papal funeral ever held outdoors was conducted for Pope Paul VI in St. Peter's Square.
1988
In Hollywood, the controversial religious movie "The Last Temptation of Christ" was released, sparking protests from evangelical church groups across the nation.

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