Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, July 12

1191
The armies of the Third Crusade (1189-92), led by England's King Richard ('TheLionhearted'), captured the Syrian seaport of Acre.
1213
As a step in his quest to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II, king of Germany and of Sicily signs the Golden Bull of Eger, renouncing secular authority over the German clergy. This will sometimes be known as the Magna Carta of Hungary.
1429
Death of Jean Charlier Gerson. An educator and bishop, he had been considered a reformer although he joined in condemning Jan Hus at Constance.
1551
Thirteen year old Lady Jane Grey writes a letter to Henry Bullinger asking his advice for her studies.
1843
Mormon church founder Joseph Smith announced that a divine revelation had beengiven him sanctioning polygamy among his newly-organized religious followers.
1859
Three thousand miners meet for a revival meeting on Frongoch Hill near Aberystwyth, Wales. It is so hot they pray for relief and God sends a mist. This prayer meeting will become an annual event.
1898
Birth of Peter Deyneka, missions pioneer. The Slavic Gospel Association, whichhe founded in 1934, undertakes evangelistic work in Europe and South America.
1936
Death in Plattsburg, New York, from acute appendicitis, of S. Parkes Cadman, a well-known Christian speaker, radio personality, former president of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, and pastor of the Central Congregational Church of Brooklyn.
1941
Following a night of prayer, Bakht Singh and his coworkers are prompted to found indigenous churches with the four-fold task of showing Christ's fulness, unity, wisdom, and glory. The first church, called Jehovah Shammah, is established in Madras on this day. The Lord soon multiplies more churches across India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, and elsewhere.
1944
Death in Paris, from throat cancer, of Sergius Bulgakov, an Orthodox priest living in exile. He had helped found the St. Sergius Theological Institute in Paris where he taught dogmatic theology.

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