Tired of seeing ads while studying? Now you can enjoy an "Ads Free" version of the site for as little as 10¢ a day.
Click here to get started today!
Today in Christian History
John Donne is appointed dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, London.
Richard Baxter defies the English law forbidding him to preach, "preaching as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men."
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'Plead His promises, be much in secret prayer, and never give God rest, till your soul is filled with all His fulness.'
At the suggestion of her minister, abolitionist Julia Ward Howe writes the words of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" to the popular tune "John Brown's Body."
Metropolitan Philaret serves the Divine Liturgy for the last time and is found dead in the afternoon. He had struggled to free the church from government interference and had supported the efforts of the Russian Bible Society to translate the Bible into modern Russian that people could understand.
Birth of Haldor Lillenas, American hymnwriter. He penned nearly 4,000 Gospel texts and hymn tunes during his lifetime, including "It Is Glory Just to Walk With Him," Wonderful Grace of Jesus" and "Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace."
Death of Samuel J. Stone, Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter and hymnologist, who had published five collections of hymns. His best-known hymn will be "The Church's One Foundation."
Swedish missionaries Daniel Berg and Adolf Vingren disembark in Brazil where they introduce Pentecostal faith to South America's largest nation, forming its first Assemblies of God church.
The Third Assembly of the World Council of Churches convened at New Delhi, India, during which the International Missionary Council and its work was integrated into the larger ecumenical group.
Jacob Olawale Omoniyi is ordained as a Baptist minister in Nigeria. Despite deficiencies in his education, he becomes a notable educator, pastor, and leader - the first chairman of the Oyo West Baptist Conference.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"