Today in Christian History
(probable date) Martyrdom of Vincent of Saragossa, Spain's first famous martyr, who had been starved, racked, exposed in the stocks, and partially roasted.
German Reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter: 'Love cares for the problems of others as if they were one's own.'
Burial of St Macarius at Zhabyn, opposite the Orthodox monastery he had founded. This Russian ascetic had allegedly performed great miracles.
Birth of Carrie Ellis Breck, American Presbyterian poet. Several of her verses later became hymns, including "Help Somebody Today" and "Face to Face with Christ My Savior."
Ambatonakanga Memorial Church opens in Madagascar in honor of Christians marytered under the cruel queen Ranavalona.
Death at Highland Falls, New York, of hymnwriter Anna Bartlett Warner, most famous for the chidren's hymn “Jesus Loves Me.”
Death in Jewett City, Connecticut, of Mary Haughton Brown, a Baptist teacher and hymnwriter. Most famous of her hymns had been "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go." Her death was caused by the infamous influenza pandemic that killed millions world-wide that winter.
Death of Liang Xiaochu, one of the most influential Chinese Christian leaders in the early part of the twentieth century. He had greatly increased YMCA membership but watered down its Christian component and stressed character and education instead.
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth wrote in a letter: 'In Jesus Christ, God and man...are already at peace - not as enemies but as true companions. In Him salvation is already present and at work.'
To the extreme disappointment of many Christian groups, the United States Supreme Court hands down the Roe v. Wade decision that allows abortion even in cases where it is not necessary to save a mother's life.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"