Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, January 2

303
According to tradition, Roman Emperor Diocletian orders a slaughter of Christians at an English town which, because of the event, becomes known as Lichfield, "field of corpses."
1744
Colonial missionary to the American Indians David Brainerd wrote in his journal: 'We are a long time in learning that all our strength and salvation is in God.'
1792
Death in Canterbury, Kent, England, of Edward Perronet who had written the hymn “All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name.”
1849
Seventeen-year old John Norton Loughborough gives his first public talk. Filled with certainty Christ will soon return, he has rented a church in upper New York to lecture on the subject. Eventually he will become an influential leader of the Seventh-day Adventists.
1905
Sergius Georgievich Golubyatnikov, known as "Seraphim," is consecrated Bishop of Mozhaisk. While serving in a later post at Ekaterinburg and Irbit he will condemn the Bolsheviks' February revolution, for which he will be sent to the Novospassky monastery in Moscow, becoming its first prisoner when it is turned into a prison. There he will be shot.
1909
Ordination of Aimee and Robert Semple by Chicago evangelist William H. Durham. Aimee will marry Harold McPherson after Robert's death, becoming the founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and one of America's most popular and controversial preachers of the early twentieth century.
1921
KDKA, a Pittsburgh radio station, broadcasts a service from Calvary Presbyterian Church to test its ability to make remote broadcasts; this is the first religious broadcast ever made.
1924
Death of Sabine Baring-Gould at Exeter, England. An Anglican clergyman, he will be remembered as the author of two popular hymns: "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "Now the Day Is Over."
1968
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth wrote in a letter: 'In the Church of Jesus Christ there can and should be no non-theologians.'
1971
A team of Israeli scholars announced the discovery in Jerusalem of a 2,000-year-old skeleton of a crucified male. Found in a cave-tomb, it was the first direct physical evidence of the well-documented Roman method of execution.

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