Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, July 3

529
The Synod of Orange convenes in Arausio, France. Caesarius of Arles presides over the council of thirteen bishops. He successfully submits a declaration on grace and free will outlining and upholding several of St. Augustine's doctrines on the nature of grace. Pope Boniface II will formally approve the documents from this synod in 531.
1756
English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'One who lives and dies in error, or in dissent from our Church, may yet be saved; but one who lives and diesin sin must perish.'
1834
Calista Vinton sails for Burma where she will contribute most of the hymns used in the Sgau Karen hymnal.
1842
Birth of Lucius H. Holsey in Columbus, Georgia. Denied the privilege of attending school because he is of African heritage, he will acquire an education anyhow, and become the fourth bishop of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.
1880
Prussia declares that clergy are subordinate to the state.
1894
Birth of Don R. Falkenberg, founder in 1923 of the Mid-West Businessmen's Council of the Pocket Testament League. In 1967 the name of this evangelical agency was changed toBible Literature International.
1959
Pope John XXIII, in his encyclical 'Ad Petri Cathedram,' expressed the hope that non-Catholic Christians would see in the upcoming Vatical II Ecumenical Council 'a warminvitation to seek and find unity.'
1960
Death of Alfred H. Ackley, a prolific writer of hymns, remembered primarily for the tune HE LIVES.
1979
Thirty-four years after the end of World War II, the West German government voted to continue prosecution of Nazi war criminals by removing the statute of limitations onmurder.
2011
Near Munugodu, India, four Hindus attack and repeatedly stab Pentecostal pastor G. N. Paul, claiming he forcibly converts Hindus to Christianity.

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