Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, September 29

440
Leo I, the Great, is consecrated bishop of Rome (i.e.: pope). He will strengthen the authority of the church, suppress the Manichean heresy, and write important doctrinal letters.
1622
Death in exile of theologian Conrad Vorstius, at Toningen, Holstein, Germany. He had been accepted for a time by the Dutch Remonstrants (Arminians) but apparently denied the Trinity and the pre-existence of Christ and was eventually exiled by the Calvinist Synod of Dort.
1770
The day before his death at age 56, English revivalist George Whitefield prayed: 'Lord Jesus, I am weary in thy work, but not of it.'
1771
Death at Aventage, India, of Rajanaiken. Converted from Catholic to Protestant views while serving in the army, he had enjoyed such success winning souls that he left the military to became an evangelist and pastor. His former church then had persecuted him and stirred up mobs to kill him, but each time he managed to escape, dying at last of natural causes.
1883
Baptism of Pandita Ramabai, who becomes the most influential woman of India in the nineteenth-century.
1904
While Reverend Seth Joshua prays, Evan Roberts is filled with the Holy Spirit. He will go on to lead a significant revival in Wales.
1918
Edward Thomas Demby is consecrated as the first African American suffragan (assistant) bishop of the Episcopal Church.
1941
Communists sentence Natalya Ivanovna Sundukova to death because she refuses to work for the Soviet state, declaring it is antichristian. She is convicted of "anti-Soviet propaganda among the prisoners and counter-revolutionary sabotage" and will be shot the following January.
1951
Death of notable Welsh evangelist and revivalist Evan Roberts near Cardiff.
1968
Death of Christian and Missionary Alliance missionary Betty Ann Olsen, while being held captive by the Viet Cong. She was sick with dysentery, malnutrition and tormented by fungus, infections, leeches, and ulcerated sores.

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