Today in Christian History
Felix, Bishop of Tibiuca in North Africa, is hauled before the magistrate of his city and ordered to hand over Christian books in compliance with an imperial decree, but staunchly refuses.
The Council of Pisa declares that the rival popes Gregory XII and Benedict XIII are "notorious schismatics, promoters of schism, and notorious heretics, errant from the faith, and guilty of the notorious and enormous crimes of perjury and violated oaths."
Counts Egmont and Hoorn are beheaded at Brussels by Spanish overlords, rousing a furious resistance which will free the Netherlands from Spain and embed Calvinism as the principal form of Christianity.
Death of Rev. Henry Sacheverell, a Church of England priest whose politically charged oratory led the Whig government to impeach him. Anglicans rose in his defense, riots followed, and the Whig government was swept from power.
Rafaravavy Rasalama is one of the Christians who takes part in the first observance of the Lord's Supper on Madagascar at the Ambatonakanga church. She will also become the island's first martyr under the persecutions initiated by Queen Ranavalona I.
The first episode of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin is published in serial form in National Era magazine.
Pastor Sabine Baring-Gould pens the hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers” as a marching song for some children he must keep together as they walk between two villages during a Whit-Monday festival (i.e., the day after Pentecost) in Yorkshire, England.
Chinese revolutionists, known as Boxers, behead lay preacher Chen Dayong at Yanqing, and hack his wife and daughter to death.
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'Any fixing of the mind on old evils beyond what is absolutely necessary for repenting of our own sins and forgiving those of others is...usually bad for us.'
Steve Saint and some of his family head for the Ecuador jungle with plans to train the Waodani Indians to handle their own lives in the modern world.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"