Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, July 29

1650
Death in Bredon, Worcestershire, of John Prideaux, bishop of Worcester, a leading scholar at the time of the Puritan-Royalist conflict. His leaning toward the Royalists cost him his position, leaving him in poverty when the Puritans prevailed.
1776
Pioneer Methodist bishop Francis Asbury remarked in his journal: 'My present modeof conduct is...to read about 100 pages a day; usually to pray in public five times aday.... If it were in my power, I would do a thousand times as much for such a gracious andblessed Master.'
1791
Death of James Manning, who had been president of Rhode Island College and was well-known for his firm stand against the oppression Baptists suffered in Massachussets and Connecticut.
1833
Death of William Wilberforce, who had done much to end slavery in British possessions.
1836
Phoebe Palmer rocks her beloved eleven-month-old daughter Eliza to sleep and puts her to bed. Soon afterward, a careless helper has an accident with an oil lamp, severely burning the baby, who dies. In grief, Palmer will be driven to seek God's face as never before, becoming a leading voice of the American holiness movement.
1861
After days of torture, three Chinese Catholic men are beheaded in Yaojiaguan, Guizhou Province. Joseph Zhang Wenlan, Paul Chen Changping, John Baptist Luo Tingyin. Martha Wang-Luo Mande, a Christian woman, who has followed the men to the execution ground, suffers the same fate.
1918
Father Florentius Troitsky secretly buries in the parish cemetery the Orthodox priest Platon Gorgonievich Gornykh and two peasants whom the Soviets had executed by firing squad in the woods outside Pokrovskoye.
1945
Death of missionary Robert A. Jaffrey, from dysentery, in a Japanese internment camp. He had led a major effort by the Christian and Missionary Alliance to evangelize China and Southeast Asia.
1974
Fifteen hundred people crowd the sanctuary of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia to witness the ordination of eleven women in defiance of Episcopalian policy. However, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church will approve the ordination of women two years later.
2006
Burial of Titus Machingo Chondol, a pastor in the Church of Christ in Nigeria, noted for his efforts to evangelize and educate his people. He had planted several churches, formed a youth fellowship and a pastors' forum, and inspired several young men to enter the ministry.

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