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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, October 10

1560
Birth of Jacob Arminius, the Dutch theologian from whose writings and doctrines Protestants opposed to Calvinism have since been called "Arminians."
1633
John Cotton, famed early American preacher and author, is named a teacher of Boston Church, Massachusetts.
1821
Charles Finney, 29, claimed to have received "a mighty baptism of the Holy Ghost," and was converted to a Christian faith. Finney soon abandoned his pursuit of law and embarked on a 50-year career in evangelism and higher education.
1838
Birth of Theodore Zahn, German Lutheran Bible and patristics scholar. Author of many monographs and commentaries, Zahn's leading work was his 3-volume "Introduction to the New Testament" (1899; 1909).
1841
Birth of William A. Ogden, American sacred composer. A student of Lowell Mason, Ogden became a well-known music teacher, and penned the hymns "Bring Them In" and "He is Able to Deliver Thee."
1851
Birth of W. Robertson Nicoll, Scottish theologian. At one time editor of five periodicals, his most enduring achievement was "The Expositor's Greek Testament," a series of 50 volumes of commentaries he edited and published between 1888-1905.
1891
Death of starets (elder) Ambrose, considered the most outstanding figure among the Optina Monastery's startsi (elders). He was bed-ridden for many years and learned that it is in our weakness the power of God is revealed. Considered a prophetic figure by his contemporaries, many consulted him. He recommended repentance and the humble contrition of heart that is acquired by turning one's life toward God and by hating sin with all one's strength. The lives of many of his visitors changed completely after they conversed with him.
1903
Death of Emma Revell Moody, the wife and co-worker of evangelist Dwight L. Moody, sometimes called the backbone of his success. Her serenity and mastery of finances counterbalanced his impulsive and emotional nature.
1914
Jonathan Udo Ekong is baptized and takes communion at Afaha, Nigeria, in the Scottish Free Church. However, because the Free Church is unable to maintain a work in the area, he will migrate to the Lutheran Church from which he will receive his theological training and become its first indeginous missionary to the Nigerian people, serving them forty-six years.
1958
Death of George Bennard, American Methodist evangelist and hymn writer, who authored and composed the music for the popular hymn "The Old Rugged Cross."

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