Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, October 12

1492
Columbus discovers the New World. His writings show he intended to bring the gospel as well as pursue his secular ends.
1518
Martin Luther and Cardinal Cajetan meet in Augsburg over the following three days to discuss Luther's 95 Theses. Cajetan tells Luther he must recant unconditionally.
1772
Conversion of Benjamin Abbott, who will become an American revival leader. His conversion to Christianity came after fearful mental struggles, influenced by the preaching of Abraham Whitworth.
1883
Birth of C. Harold Lowden, American sacred composer. His most enduring hymn tunes today are GENEVA ("God Who Touchest Earth with Beauty") and LIVING ("Living for Jesus a Life That is True").
1901
Death of Edward Raimond Baierlein, Lutheran missionary among the Chippewa Indians near Frankenmuth, Michigan, and and later among the people of Sadras, Cuddalore, and Tranquebar, India. He wrote books about his Michigan work, where he was beloved for treating the Indians as true equals.
1915
A German firing squad executes the British nurse Edith Cavell who had helped allied soldiers escape. At her death she says she has to go deeper to true love.
1949
American missionary and martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'For my generation I must have the oracles of God in fresh terms.'
1951
Simon Kimbangu dies after being imprisoned for years by Belgian authorities in Congo Free State. Baptist-trained, he had preached a Christian gospel of one God, healed the sick, and alarmed colonial administrators.
1971
The rock musical "Jesus Christ, Superstar" debuted on Broadway. (Twenty years later, the actor who played the part of Jesus, Jeff Fenholt became a born-again Christian.)
2005
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez decides to expel the New Tribes Mission, which he says is an imperialist invasion working with the CIA. This follows a suggestion by televangelist Pat Robertson that perhaps Chavez should be assassinated.

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