Today in Christian History
The Franciscans (founded in 1209 by St. Francis of Assisi) first arrived in England. They were originally called "Grey Friars" because of their gray habits. (The habit worn by modern Franciscans is brown.)
The Collegiate School at New Haven, CT, changed its name to Yale. (Congregationalists, unhappy with an increasing religious liberalism at Harvard, had founded Yale, the third oldest college in America, in 1701.)
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'Pain, if patiently endured, and sanctified to us, is a great purifier of our corrupted nature.'
Blount College -- the first American nondenominational institution of higher learning -- was established in Knoxville. (It later became the University of Tennessee.)
Birth of Canadian hymnwriter Joseph Scriven. The accidental drowning of his bride-to-be the night before their wedding led to a life of depression; yet he also authored the hymn of comfort, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."
Death in Red Bank, New Jersey, of Alexander Crummell, an African-American priest of the Episcopal Church who labored all his life to obtain equality for African Americans. He will be remembered in the Episcopal Church calendar.
The Communists execute the Orthodox priest Nicholas Ponomarev in Verkhoturye by shooting him.
Romania's first Pentecostal congregation opens.
Death of Burnett Hillman Streeter, biblical scholar. His 1924 book The Four Gospels: A Study of Origins, had argued that differences between Matthew, Mark, Luke and John show there were four written sources behind the four gospels. Although his conclusions were not widely accepted, his thorough research had become a major resource for Bible scholars.
Kornelius Isaak, a Mennonite missionary, is wounded in Paraguay by a Morro Indian arrow, and dies the next day.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"