Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, September 2

459
Death of Simeon Stylites, who lived atop a sixty-foot pillar for thirty-six years.
1192
The Third Crusade ends when Richard Lionheart and Saladin sign an agreement which allows Christians access to the holy city.
1578
The first Anglican worship service held in Canada is led by Rev. Robert Wolfall at Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island around this date. The service is commemorated on the third of September.
1758
The first Anglican service of worship to be held on Canadian soil was led by Rev. Robert Wolfall at Frobisher Bay, on Baffin Island.
1784
In Bristol, England, Wesley ordains Thomas Coke to be superintendent of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States. Wesley has tried in vain for years to get the Church of England to ordain bishops for the Methodists.
1821
Death of Brindabun, an Asian Indian gospel preacher, known for his recitation of Scriptures and powerful prayers.
1842
Death of John Ireland, Dean of Westminster. As a public figure he carried the crown at the coronations of English kings George IV and William IV. He published apologetic works and a defence for the remarriage of divorced people. Well-to-do, he expended large sums on charity.
1857
Francois Coillard sails for Cape Town on the Trafalger. A man of sweet disposition, he gives up scholarly pursuits to win Africans to Christ and will perform such brave feats as risking a hail of bullets to plead for the lives of Christians.
1949
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.'
1973
Death of J. R. R. Tolkien, a linguist, novelist, and devout Catholic. He had helped lead C. S. Lewis to Christ and was a member of the literary club The Inklings. Among his writings were the fantasy favorites The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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