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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, December 2

1381
Death of Jan Van Ruysbroek, "the Ecstatic Doctor," so called because of his mysticism. He had written The Spiritual Espousals (1350), a commentary on Matthew 25:6: "Behold, the bridegroom comes," which will influence later Christian leaders such as John Tauler and Gerard Groote.
1697
Dedication of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, designed by Christopher Wren. It replaces a medieval cathedral that had burned in the Great Fire of 1666. The Right Reverend Henry Compton, Bishop of London, preaches the dedication sermon based on Psalm 122: "I was glad when they said unto me: Let us go into the house of the Lord."
1751
A Consistory of the Dutch Reformed Church writes with frustration from Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), complaining that Roman Catholicism has greatly increased, despite severe penalties meted out by Dutch governors.
1908
The Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America was founded in Philadelphia. (In 1950 this ecumenical organization was replaced by the National Council of Churches.)
1910
Death in Richmond, Virginia, of Bishop Channing Moore Williams, who had served as an Episcopal missionary in the Far East, founding a divinity school in Japan.
1916
The Suwa Maru docks at Kobe carrying missionary Irene "Sensei" Webster-Smith, who will later rescue Geisha children and convert Japanese war criminals.
1946
Rev. E.V. Steele founded the European Christian Orphanage and Mission Society in Alberta, Canada. Its name was changed in 1953 to World Missions Fellowship and has been headquartered since 1961 in Grants Pass. OR.
1947
Death of Father Alexis Kabaliuk, Apostle of Carpatho-Russia, who had played a major role in reviving the Orthodox Church in Transcarpathia (a region on the western edge of the Ukraine) in the early twentieth century despite persecution by Austrian-Hungarian authorities.
1948
Romania's Official Gazette #281 publishes a decree transferring Uniate church property to the Romanian State without compensation.
1994
Death of Sir James Norman Dalrymple Anderson, a legal scholar and missionary to Islamic regions.

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