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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, October 2

1532
Reformer William Farel arrives in Geneva where in sixteen months his preaching will convince the city to join the Reformation.
1656
Connecticut banishes Quakers, whose liberal theology is seen as a threat.
1770
The funeral of George Whitefield is held at the Old South First Presbyterian Church in Newburyport. Thousands of people are unable to get even to the door of the church.
1808
Birth of Allen W. Chatfield, an Anglican vicar in Herefordshire (a west England county bordering on Wales). His best remembered writings include the English translation of the hymn, "Lord Jesus, Think on Me."
1833
Arthur Tappan and his anti-slavery associates are forced to slip away from a chapel on Chatham Street to escape a pro-slavery mob that has been egged on by the press.
1918
Birth of Don Hustad, organist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He accompanied Graham as organist for his worldwide crusades during 1961-67.
1919
Johanna Veenstra, the first missionary of the Christian Reformed Church to go to Nigeria, leaves New York on the Mauretania for England from where she will trans-ship to Lagos. She will have an important role in planting the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria.
1938
Repose of Hiero-schemamonk Theodosius of Karoulia at Mount Athos. He had been a strict and prayerful ascetic.
1970
A two-day convention opened at which the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania-South Jersey was formed. It was comprised of 9,000 charter members from 52 Southern Baptist churches.
1980
Death of Deborah Adeyemi Ladeji, a Nigerian Baptist. She had converted from her family's idol worship despite persecution and death threats, becoming an influential witness to those who knew her.

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