Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, October 8

451
The Council of Chalcedon opened, near Constantinople. Dealing mainly with the Eutychian Christological heresy, the council created a confession of faith which has ever since been regarded as the highest word in Early Christian orthodoxy.
1708
Burial of John Blow at Westminster Abbey, where he had been organist. He had composed many lovely religious works such as "Salvador Mundi."
1744
Lawyer Elisha Paine, imprisoned in Windham, Connecticut, for preaching illegally, writes his wife to say he preached on the prison grounds, with the result many people came under spiritual conviction.
1871
Ex-con Jerry McAuley opens the Water Street Mission of New York, one of the first rescue missions in the world.
1901
The American branch of Overseas Missionary Fellowship was chartered. Founded as the China Inland Mission in 1865 by missionary pioneer J. Hudson Taylor, OMF adopted its present name at its centenniel celebration in 1965.
1917
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was chartered in New Orleans by P. I. Lipsey. The school opened for its first classes in September 1918.
1924
In New York City, the National Lutheran Conference banned the playing of jazz music in the local churches.
1932
Joseph Nakabaale Kiwanuka arrives in Algiers to make his novitiate with the Missionaries of Africa. He will go on to become the first native African to be ordained a Catholic bishop in the twentieth century.
1986
The first North American Congress on the Holy Spirit and World Evangelization opened in New Orleans. It drew 7,000 leaders from 40 denominations, and stressed the part which the charismatic experience plays in evangelization.
2008
Death of Mrs. Yukiko Sugihara, who had helped her husband, Chiune Sugihara, rescue thousands of Jews from Lithuania during World War II.

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