Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, October 19

615
Deusdedit is consecrated pope. A saintly man, he will be said to have healed a leper by kissing him. Future generations will nickname him the "earthquake pope" because of a violent tremor which occurs during his papacy. Authority for the date: Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages, Third Edition. Neff-Kane, 1980.
1186
Pope Urban III extends papal protection to St. Mary's, Clerkenwell. This makes the woman abbess directly responsible for the abbey under the pope without other male direction. Authority for the date: Morris, Joan. The Lady Was a Bishop.
1562
Birth of George Abbot, archbishop of Canterbury. A recognized leader of the English Calvinists, Abbot also demonstrated Puritan sympathies, and took a leading part in translating the 1611 King James Version of the Bible.
1609
Death of Jacob Arminius, 49, the Dutch theologian who lent his name to the beliefs (known today at Arminianism) which oppose the major tenets of Protestant Reformed (Calvinist) theology.
1682
Death in Norwich, England, of Thomas Browne, physician and author of the prose classic Religio Medici [The Religion of a Doctor]. Authority for the date: Britannica.
1720
Birth of John Woolman, American Quaker reformer. His "Journal," written from 1756-72, greatly influenced 19th century abolitionists.
1744
English revivalist George Whitefield, 29, arrived in Maine at the start of his second visit to America. Whitefield struggled to adapt the beliefs of Calvinism to the Arminian teachings of proto-Methodists John and Charles Wesley.
1856
Charles Spurgeon preaches to an overflow crowd. Someone falsely yells, "fire" and seven people are trampled to death in the ensuing melee. He nearly goes insane from the horror of it. Authority for the date: " The Surrey Gardens Music Hall Ministry." http://www.reformedreader.org/spurgeon/mhrsg.htm
1902
Death of William O. Cushing, American Christian clergyman and hymnwriter. Among Cushing's most popular hymns were "Under His Wings," "When He Cometh," "Ring the Bells of Heaven," and "Hiding in Thee." Authority for the date: Wells, Amos R. A Treasury of Hymn Stories. Baker, 1992.
1918
Bolsheviks kill the monks Euthymius and John of the Belogorsk monastery for refusing to join the Red Army, torturing John first. Authority for the date: Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.
1921
Birth of Bill Bright, American youth evangelist. Bill and his wife Vonette founded Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951, incorporating this evangelical Christian student organization in California in 1953.
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