Today in Christian History
The Colloquy of Marburg opens, attempting to unify the followers of Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli. When it closes on October 4th, the Reformers will have agreed on 14 of 15 articles, but will remain divided over the Eucharist. Switzerland will remain Reformed and Germany Lutheran.
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is appointed choir master to St. John Lateran, where he will produce some of the finest music before Bach.
(probable date) When a mob attempts to prevent Seventh-day Adventists from crossing a bridge to worship in Paris, Maine, one of the ringleaders horsewhips an Adventist. Fourteen-year-old John Nevins Andrews throws his arms around the assaulted man, declaring, "If you whip Brother Davis, you must whip me also." In respect for his bravery, the Adventists are allowed to pass. Andrews will become an Adventist leader and author.
Birth of Ralph W. Sockman, American scholar and devotional writer. His best-remembered poem begins: "I met God in the morning, when my day was at its best...."
Mabel Dean and Hattie Salyer arrive in Egypt to begin a mission work.
World Literature Crusade was founded in Saskatchewan, Canada, by Rev. Jack McAlister (president 1946-79). This mission is engaged primarily in Bible distribution, church planting and Bible correspondence courses.
The Communist government of Romania announces that one and a half million persons loyal to the Catholic church are being placed under the control of the Orthodox church.
Representatives from 49 churches met in Roseville, MI, to begin organizing the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. The organization officially came into being the following month.
Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) begins broadcasting and will become notable for its 700 Club.
Pope John Paul II canonizes Katharine Drexel, American foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a congregation to serve the African American and Native American people who are oppressed by discrimination and dire poverty.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"