Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, February 24

303
The first official Roman edict for the persecution of Christians was issued by Roman Emperor Galerius Valerius Maximianus.
1208
St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in the Italian village of Portiuncula. He founded the Franciscans the following year, and is regarded by some Catholics as the greatest of all Christian saints.
1582
Pope Gregory XIII issues his famous bull Inter gravissimas which decrees our present Gregorian calendar.
1782
Pioneer American Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his journal: 'It is my constitutional weakness to be gloomy and dejected; the work of God puts life into me.'
1886
Death at Longmeadow, Massachusetts, of Samuel Wolcott, a Congregational clergyman and author of numerous hymns, among them “Christ for the World We Sing.”
1915
Death at Sebring, Florida, of Amanda Smith, an African-American evangelist known for her powerful singing. Her autobiography will be frequently referenced in women's studies.
1930
Internationally-known evangelist and Bible expositor, Harry A. Ironside, is issued a unanimous call (which he will accept) to pastor the Moody Memorial Bible Church in Chicago.
1946
Death in Topeka, Kansas, of pastor Charles Monroe Sheldon, author of the popular Christian novel In His Steps, from which we get the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?”
1949
After trying unsuccessfully for many years to stifle Christianity, the government of Bulgaria passes a law acknowledging that the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is the traditional church of Bulgaria and inseparably united with its history.
1967
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth wrote in a letter: 'The statement that God is dead comes from Nietzsche and has recently been trumpeted abroad by some German and American theologians. But the good Lord has not died of this; He who dwells in the heaven laughs at them.'

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