Today in Christian History
Sudden and unexpected death of Jonathan Dickinson, the first president of Princeton and the main instigator in its creation. He had sided with the revival movement sweeping America in the mid-eighteenth century.
Death of John Woolman, an American Quaker. He had traveled through the thirteen American colonies preaching against the draft, taxes for military equipment, ill treatment of Indians, and slavery. His simple life and godly writings earned him great respect.
Death of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, patriarch of Lutheranism in North America. He had written a unified liturgy for America's Lutherans and founded the North America's first Lutheran synod.
Samuel Leigh, Methodist missionary to Australia, opens the first Methodist church built in Australia, the work of John Lees, a farmer. It will form one preaching place on a thirteen-stop circuit that Leigh will establish.
Birth of Charles Converse, American lawyer and sacred composer. Converse penned the hymn tune CONVERSE, to which we sing today "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."
Death of George J. Webb, American organist and composer, who wrote the music for "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus."
Chinese Christians in Shanghai dedicate a new church in which Cantonese will be spoken. It has a medical dispensary for the poor, a Sunday school, a Christian Endeavor Society for youth, and other church activities.
Death of Jonah of Manchuria, who as bishop founded an orphanage, fed the needy, provided medical care, created a library, and founded a school for five hundred children.
Missionary linguist Frank C. Laubach wrote in a letter: 'Beside Jesus, the whole lot of us are so contemptible.... But God is like Jesus, and like Jesus, He will not give up until we, too, are like Jesus.'
The religious drama 'Crossroads' first aired over ABC television. An anthology which dramatized true experiences of clergymen of all denominations, the program ran for two years.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"