Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, March 11

843
After years of iconoclasm (opposition to and destruction of icons), two-dimensional images are restored for worship in the Eastern Empire, an event known as "The Triumph of Orthodoxy."
859
Muslims behead Bishop Elogius in Cordoba, Spain.
1559
In response to a sermon by John Knox, a Reformation mob burns churches in Perth, Scotland, and instructs the friars to hold mass no more.
1665
New York's English Deputies approved a new legal code, which guaranteed all Protestants the right to practice their religious observances unhindered. (There were currently a host of Protestant groups thriving within this now-English colony, acquired only seven months earlier from the Dutch.)
1738
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in his journal: 'Suffering times are a Christian's best improving times; for they break the will, wean us from the creature, prove the heart.'
1829
Mendelssohn revives Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the Singakademie in Berlin. A thousand people have to be turned away from the performance for lack of room.
1845
Wittenberg College was chartered in Springfield, Ohio, under Lutheran auspices.
1877
Gerard Manley Hopkins preaches his "dominical" - a practice sermon.
1888
Samuel Zwemer preaches his first sermon - to a congregation of African-Americans in a small New Brunswick, New Jersey, church. He will go on to become a notable missionary to the Arab world.
1897
Death in Tunbridge Wells, England, of Henry Drummond, Scottish evangelist and religious writer, best remembered for his classic meditation on 1 Corinthians 13 “The Love Chapter” entitled The Greatest Thing in the World.

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