Today in Christian History
Nuremberg formally accepts Albrecht Durer's gift of The Four Apostles, also known as The Four Holy Men.
Ursula of Munsterberg escapes her convent and becomes a Lutheran, writing a tract in support of her departure from the convent. "To say that the monastic vow is a second baptism and washes away sins, as we have heard from the pulpit, is blasphemy against God, as if the blood of Christ were not enough to wash away all sins."
Birth of Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit who was sent as a missionary to China in 1583. His complete adoption of Chinese customs raised the issue of the limits of "accommodation" to other cultures, in the preaching of the gospel.
Death of British poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson, who had spoken of his Christian faith in his poems.
Death of Matthew Bridges, English clergyman and hymnwriter. Raised Anglican, he had joined the Roman Catholic Church under the influence of the Oxford Movement.
B.H. Irwin began issuing "Live Coals of Fire," official publication of the Fire Baptized Holiness Association of America. Organized in 1898, the denomination was comprised of former Methodists, Quakers and River Brethren.
Death in Lexington, Kentucky, of John William McGarvey, a preacher and educator with the Disciples, noted for careful work in his Bible commentaries.
Death of Baron Paul Nicolay, a frail, introspective French nobleman who evangelized students in Russia.
In his daily radio broadcast, American Bible expositor Derek Prince declared: 'God accepts responsibility for the maintenance of his appointed temple -- our body.'
Prem Singh Gurung is sentenced to three years in prison for showing Christian movies in two of Bhutan's villages.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"