Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, September 3

590
Consecration of Pope Gregory I, "the Great."
590
St. Gregory the Great was consecrated the 64th Catholic pope, ruling 14 years. Gregory's administration took responsibility for converting the Anglo-Saxon tribes in England, chiefly through the work of St. Augustine of Canterbury.
1692
Death in Berlin of David Ancillon, a learned and highly respected pastor of the Reformed Church. He had built up a famous library while at Metz, which was plundered when he fled France after the recovation of the Edict of Nantes.
1752
This date became September 14th, when Great Britain (including Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the American colonies) officially implemented the Gregorian Calendar (developed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to replace the Julian calendar).
1776
Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'The love I bear Christ is but a faint and feeble spark, but it is an emanation from himself: He kindled it and he keeps it alive; and because it is his work, I trust many waters shall not quench it.'
1831
Death of John Holt Rice, Presbyterian theologian, who had been the first professor of Christian theology at Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, and the editor of the influential Virginia Evangelical and Literary Magazine.
1905
Baptism of Sundar Singh, formerly an enemy of Christ, who had converted to Christianity following a dramatic vision of the risen Lord.
1906
Conversion of Bentley Deforest Ackley, an alcoholic, who will write almost four thousand hymns, and become Billy Sunday's organist and secretary. Among his hymns is "I Would Be Like Jesus." Coincidentally, he dies on this same day in 1958.
1918
Walter Grand Taylor becomes superintendent of the Pacific Garden Mission.
1946
Founder Sidney N. Correll established United World Mission. This interdenominational agency focuses on evangelism, church planting and Christian education in 13 world countries.

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