Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, November 3

753
Death of Pirminius, the first Abbot of Reichenau, Germany. He left some of the earliest evidence for the present form of the Apostles' Creed.
1523
Simeon Stumpf is deprived of his parish in Zurich and will be exiled the following month. With Conrad Grebel he had called for complete abolition of the mass. The Zurich town council had said it should be left up to each priest.
1631
John Eliot arrives in Boston, Massachussets. He was the first Protestant minister to dedicate himself to the conversion of native Americans to Christianity.
1784
English clergyman Thomas Coke, 37, first arrived in America, at New York City. He was the first Methodist bishop to come to the New World.
1869
Isabella Thoburn sails with Clara Swain from Boston harbor for India, where she will found a school for women.
1917
Death of Canadian Methodist Albert Carman, the last and greatest of the holiness Methodists in Canada. He had broken a hip some time before and never recovered.
1925
The Pentecostal Ministerial Alliance was organized at St. Louis, MO. It became the forerunner of a new denomination, established in 1932 as the Pentecostal Church, Inc.
1929
Orthodox priest Alexander Vasilyevich Nikulin serving in the village of Bolshaya Sosnova is arrested "for anti-Soviet agitation", and will be sentenced to three years in the prison camps. After his released he serves secretly despite a warrant for his arrest.
1960
Lutheran bishops prepare The Christian in the DNR to show Lutherans how to live under communism with obedience but without violating their consciences.
1970
Death of Charles Chidongo Chinula, a pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Malawi, who had translated Pilgrim's Progress into the Tumbuka language. He had been expelled from the Presbyterian church for his combative spirit and founded a "Free Church," but eventually rejoined the Presbyterians, deploring the schism he had caused.

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