Today in Christian History
Wulliam Tracie [William Tracy] dates his will "The x daye of October, in the xxii yere of the rayne of King Henry the VIII." In it he rejects masses for the dead, declaring that salvation is by faith in Christ alone. Following Tracie's death, his statement becomes known to Archbishop of Canterbury William Warham, who declares Tracie a heretic and orders Thomas Parker, Chancelor of Worcester, to exhume the body. Parker will burn it publicly.
John Cotton, famed early American preacher and author, is named a teacher of Boston Church, Massachusetts.
Death of Archbishop of Canterbury John Potter, a high churchman who tried to restore some lapsed practices of the Church of England. He authored useful books, including a mathematics textbook, and Antiquities of Greece.
Charles Finney, 29, claimed to have received "a mighty baptism of the Holy Ghost," and was converted to a Christian faith. Finney soon abandoned his pursuit of law and embarked on a 50-year career in evangelism and higher education.
Birth of Theodore Zahn, German Lutheran Bible and patristics scholar. Author of many monographs and commentaries, Zahn's leading work was his 3-volume "Introduction to the New Testament" (1899; 1909).
Birth of William A. Ogden, American sacred composer. A student of Lowell Mason, Ogden became a well-known music teacher, and penned the hymns "Bring Them In" and "He is Able to Deliver Thee."
Death of starets (elder) Ambrose, considered the most outstanding figure among the Optina Monastery's startsi (elders). He was bed-ridden for many years and learned that it is in our weakness the power of God is revealed. Considered a prophetic figure by his contemporaries, many consulted him. He recommended repentance and the humble contrition of heart that is acquired by turning one's life toward God and by hating sin with all one's strength. The lives of many of his visitors changed completely after they conversed with him.
Death of Emma Revell Moody, the wife and co-worker of evangelist Dwight L. Moody, sometimes called the backbone of his success. Her serenity and mastery of finances counterbalanced his impulsive and emotional nature.
Jonathan Udo Ekong is baptized and takes communion at Afaha, Nigeria, in the Scottish Free Church. However, because the Free Church is unable to maintain a work in the area, he will migrate to the Lutheran Church from which he will receive his theological training and become its first indeginous missionary to the Nigerian people, serving them forty-six years.
Death of George Bennard, American Methodist evangelist and hymn writer, who authored and composed the music for the popular hymn "The Old Rugged Cross."
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"