Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, October 29

1525
Luther introduces the first complete German mass at the City Church of Wittenberg.
1666
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.
1675
Death of Andreas Hammerschmidt, one of the most distinguished composers of church music in the seventeenth century.
1768
Death in Essex of Joseph Grigg, an English Presbyterian minister. He had written many hymns, including, "Jesus, and Shall it Ever Be."
1863
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.
1885
Ugandans spear Anglican bishop James Hannington to death. He had been captured eight days earlier.
1907
The Red Cross awards Orthodox nun Matrona Petrovna Frolova a medal for her relief work during the Russo-Japanese war. She will head a nunnery in Kazan but the Soviets will confiscate the property. Eventually she will be imprisoned, beaten, and executed for her role in resisting Soviet atheism and allegedly hiding church valuables.
1919
Death of A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and of Nyack College.
1954
Death of Anna Belle Russell in Corning, New York. She had been a Methodist hymnwriter, best known for the words to "Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus."
1955
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.

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