Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, November 1

451
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.
1512
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.
1537
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.'
1716
John Gill, who will become a leading Baptist pastor in England, makes his confession of faith and is baptized.
1770
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.
1845
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.
1919
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.
1926
Russian evangelists Ivan Prokhanov and Peter Deyneka meet in New York. The two will work closely to win East Europeans for Christ.
1961
Death of Mordecai Ham, the evangelist under whose ministry Billy Graham was saved.
1963
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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