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Today in Christian History
Luther introduces the first complete German mass at the City Church of Wittenberg.
Death in London of Edmund Calamy, the elder, a Puritan supporter of England's kings during the Civil War and Commonwealth. He authored highly regarded doctrinal works such as The Covenant of Grace and the Covenant of Works.
Death in Essex of Joseph Grigg, an English Presbyterian minister. He had written many hymns, including, "Jesus, and Shall it Ever Be."
A conference opens in Geneva to found the organization that becomes the International Red Cross. It is spearheaded by Henri Dunant, a businessman influenced by Christian ideals.
Birth of E. O. Sellers, American Baptist musician. At various times the song evangelist for R.A. Torrey, Gipsy Smith, A.C. Dixon and J. Wilbur Chapman, Sellers is remembered today for his two original hymns: "Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart" and "Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus."
Birth of Juji Nakada, Japanese Christian evangelist. In 1901 he influenced Charles and Lettie Cowman (authors of "Streams in the Desert") to come to Japan, where in 1910 they incorporated the Oriental Missions Society.
New York City missions pioneer Albert B. Simpson, 46, incorporated the International Missionary Alliance. Combined in 1897 with a group formerly also organized by Simpson, it became the Christian and Missionary Alliance, one of the most missions-minded denominations in modern American Protestantism.
Death of A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and of Nyack College.
American missionary Jim Elliot, 28, wrote in his journal: 'First time I ever saw an Auca--1500' is a long ways if you're looking out of an airplane.' Ten weeks later, on Jan 8, 1956, Jim and four other missionaries would be speared to death by these same Indians they had come to Ecuador in hopes of evangelizing.
Yustus Ruhindi is enthroned as the first Anglican Church bishop of Bunyoro-Kitara diocese in Uganda.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"