Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, January 21

885
Pope Adrian III rules in favor of Rothad who had deposed a priest for unchastity and called a church council. Bishop Hincmar had argued that Rothad, as a suffragan (assistant) bishop, did not have authority to do either.
1118
Death of Pope Paschal II. During his troubled pontificate, he had been faced with four anti-popes and suffered captivity at the hands of Holy Roman Emperor, Henry V, who extorted concessions from him.
1525
Hans Denck, a schoolmaster who argues that Lutheran reform is empty unless accompanied by the inward light of the Spirit, is banished from the city of Nuremberg.
1549
The English parliament passes "An Act for Uniformity of Service and Administration of the Sacraments throughout the Realm" which establishes the first Book of Common Prayer in Edward's reign.
1738
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in his journal: 'I desire to have no greater portion than the prayers of the poor.'
1750
Newly-ordained missionary Christian Friedrich Schwartz embarks from London for Tranquebar, the seat of the Danish Mission in India. Four months after arriving, he will preach his first sermon in Tamil and afterwards will conduct a successful work.
1914
The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau is organized in New York City to inform the general public about The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
1921
Presbyterian minister Samuel McCrea Cavert, a notable ecumenist, becomes the General Secretary of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America. A chief player in forming the World Council of Churches, he will die in 1976. "The temptation of Protestantism has always been to magnify freedom at the expense of unity. The temptation of Roman Catholicism, on the other hand, has been to magnify unity at the expense of freedom."
1956
Elders of the Little Flock and twenty-eight other Christian leaders in Shanghai are arrested. They have carried on the work begun by Watchman Nee, who is in prison.
1999
Pope John Paul II begins a visit to Cuba, emphasizing the need for fundamental human freedoms.

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