Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, December 30

1838
Hanover College was chartered by the Presbyterian General Assembly of Indiana. The school had been founded as a seminary "in the wilderness" for training ministers.
1892
Death in Glasgow of Andrew Bonar, who had been moderator of the Scottish Free Church and authored many books, including a biography of Robert Murray McCheyne.
1896
Execution of José Rizal, a Filipino patriot and doctor, who had sometimes espoused Christianity, and who had urged his followers to act as Christ taught, not as the Spanish conquerors behaved. He was author of the novel Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not), a social protest, and had formed revolutionary organizations.
1922
The Bolshevik government exiles Orthodox thinkers Sergius Bulgakov and Nicholas Berdyaevis among one hundred and sixty prominent intellectuals.
1925
The silent film Ben Hur, based on Lew Wallace's novel of the time of Christ, opens at the George M. Cohan Theater in New York City and receives rave reviews.
1927
The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel is incorporated in Los Angeles, California. Founded four years earlier by evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, its vision is to present Jesus Christ in the language, culture, and understanding of every man, woman and child and in every nation.
1937
Birth of Noel Paul Stookey, American folk singer. Stookey was "Paul" of the 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Converted in the late 1960s, Stookey is now a Christian recording artist, and prefers using his "born-again" name, Noel.
1971
The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission announced that an agreement had been made between the two Christian traditions on the essential teachings about the Eucharist.
1997
Death in Indiana of Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder, who had argued for pacifism in his influential book The Politics of Jesus. His theological stature was undercut by widespread accusations of sexual harrassment against women.
2011
Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton, head of the Full Gospel Church in Vietnam's Thanh Hoa Province, is sentenced to two years' house arrest for collecting documents and writing articles that “tarnish” the Communist regime's reputation.

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