Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, June 11

1294
Death of Roger Bacon, a Franciscan monk and one of the most original thinkers of the Middle Ages. He had predicted aircraft, submarines, suspension bridges, engines, and more.
1445
Repose (Death) of Venerable Barnabas the abbot of Vetluga, who, after serving as an Orthodox priest, became a hermit along the River Vetluga at Red Hill, living on wild growth and acorns. He is supposed to have predicted that many people would one day live in this uninhabited region. Following his death, a monastery grew up there, followed by an influx of farmers.
1739
English founder of Methodism John Wesley stated in his journal: 'I look upon all the world as my parish.'
1850
Birth of David C. Cook, pioneer developer of Sunday School curriculum. In 1875, Cook founded the David C. Cook Publishing Co., headquartered today in Elgin, Illinois.
1860
Death in London of Rev. Baden Powell, a clergyman-mathematician who developed an argument based on uniformitarian presuppositions to prove that belief in miracles is atheistic! He had also supported Darwinian evolution. His son, Robert Baden-Powell, will later found the Boy Scouts.
1918
Brazil's first Pentecostal Church was established by missionaries Daniel Berg and Adolf Gunnar Vingren. The new congregation was registered as an 'Assembly of God' church.
1923
Mildred Cable and the Chinese Trio leave Hwo Chow to set out for Central Asia, uncertain what and where the Lord is calling them. Years later they will have preached the gospel to hundreds of cities and villages in the Gobi desert.
1951
Ordination of Fulton John Sheen as a bishop in the Roman Catholic Church. Although a masterful theologian and educator, he will gain international recognition as the host of the radio program The Catholic Hour and will present the TV programs Life Is Worth Living and The Fulton Sheen Program.
1965
Evangelist Prem Pradhan is released from prison in Nepal where he had been incarcerated for his witness about Christ. He will become an educator and accept hundreds of orphans whom he, his wife, and assistants will rear in Christian faith.
1970
Death of missionary Frank Laubach in Benton, Pa. He had taught reading through phonetics.

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