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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, December 3

1170
Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket, 52, returned to England after six years of exile in France. (Becket would be martyred on December 29th of this year killed by soldiers sent by his former friend, English King Henry II.)
1557
Under the leadership of John Knox, Protestants in Scotland sign their First Covenant at Edinburgh, uniting Presbyterians under the name: "Congregation of the Lord."
1834
Daniel Lindley leaves Boston for South Africa, where he will do notable work as a missionary.
1879
Baptists in Liberia accept two churches formed by African American missionary Harrison N. Bouey into their conference. The members had migrated with him from the United States.
1886
John Byington, early leader of the Seventh-day Adventists, and president of their first General Conference in 1863, writes, "This is a day of comfort and peace. I have felt my sins were very many; have asked and found mercy of the Saviour, and would declare His loving-kindness to all."
1902
Birth of Mitsuo Fuchida, the pilot who flew the lead plane in Japan's air attack on Pearl Harbor (12/7/1941). Following WWII, through representatives of the Pocket Testament League, Fuchida was converted to Christianity in 1950.
1903
(Probable date) Miserable after burning a Bible, Sundar Singh sees a vision of Christ. The teenager will immediately begin to preach the gospel to others at great risk to himself and be poisoned and expelled from his home.
1908
Birth of C.F.D. Moule, Anglican clergyman and New Testament scholar. He authored numerous autographs on Biblical studies, including "The Phenomenology of the New Testament" (1967).
1926
Death of Mok Lai Chi, a Chinese Pentecostal evangelist, educator, and editor.
1976
In Chicago, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC) was formally organized. The bulk of membership derived from former affiliates of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church.

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