Today in Christian History
German reformer Martin Luther, 36, published "Prelude on the Babylonian Captivity of the Church," his famous writing which attacked the entire sacramental system of the Catholic Church.
Birth of Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit who was sent as a missionary to China in 1583. His complete adoption of Chinese customs raised the issue of the limits of "accommodation" to other cultures, in the preaching of the gospel.
Death of British poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson, who had spoken of his Christian faith in his poems.
Death of Matthew Bridges, English clergyman and hymnwriter. Raised Anglican, he had joined the Roman Catholic Church under the influence of the Oxford Movement.
B.H. Irwin began issuing "Live Coals of Fire," official publication of the Fire Baptized Holiness Association of America. Organized in 1898, the denomination was comprised of former Methodists, Quakers and River Brethren.
Death in Lexington, Kentucky, of John William McGarvey, a preacher and educator with the Disciples, noted for careful work in his Bible commentaries.
Death of Baron Paul Nicolay, a frail, introspective French nobleman who evangelized students in Russia.
Death of Ivan Prokhanov, a mighty Russian evangelist, who was president of the All Russian Union of Evangelical Christians.
In his daily radio broadcast, American Bible expositor Derek Prince declared: 'God accepts responsibility for the maintenance of his appointed temple -- our body.'
Death of Samuel Ndhlovu, a pioneer church leader and man of God in Natal. Among his final words to his daughter were, "God is in control."
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