Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, November 1

Council of Chalcedon ends. It was the fourth and largest of the early general councils and insisted Christ has two natures, the human and the divine.
After four years of work, Michelangelo opens the Sistine Chapel ceiling to public view on All Saints Day. His work covers a 5,800-square-feet surface.
German reformer Martin Luther stated during one of his "Table Talks": 'There are many fluent preachers who speak at length but say nothing, who have words without substance.'
John Gill, who will become a leading Baptist pastor in England, makes his confession of faith and is baptized.
Death at Islington, England, of Alexander Cruden, Scottish editor and compiler of Cruden's Concordance, who originally prepared to study for the ministry but after suffering several mental breakdowns was confined to an asylum for brief stays three times over several years.
Anne Ayres takes religious vows that will lead her to found the first religious order for women in the Episcopal Church in the United States.
Death of Sophie Lichtenfels, a German immigrant and scrubwoman (cleaning lady) in New York City. Told she was too old to become a foreign missionary, she had become a missionary to foreign immigrants in New York City and a well-known speaker. She was associated with A.B. Simpson's Christian and Missionary Alliance to which she gave all that she could afford from her small wages. Many prominent rescue workers from New York and Philadelphia will turn out for her funeral.
Russian evangelists Ivan Prokhanov and Peter Deyneka meet in New York. The two will work closely to win East Europeans for Christ.
Death of Mordecai Ham, the evangelist under whose ministry Billy Graham was saved.
English linguistic scholar J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in a letter: 'In the last resort, faith is an act of will, inspired by love.'

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