Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, October 19

615
Deusdedit is consecrated pope. A saintly man, he will be said to have healed a leper by kissing him. Future generations will nickname him the "earthquake pope" because of a violent tremor which occurs during his papacy.
1186
Pope Urban III extends papal protection to St. Mary's, Clerkenwell. This makes the woman abbess directly responsible for the abbey under the pope without other male direction.
1609
Death of James Arminius, Dutch pastor and theologian from whom Arminianism derives its named. He had suggested that some passages of Scripture could be interpreted more mildly than in strict Calvinism.
1682
Death in Norwich, England, of Thomas Browne, physician and author of the prose classic Religio Medici [The Religion of a Doctor].
1720
Birth of John Woolman, American Quaker reformer. His "Journal," written from 1756-72, greatly influenced 19th century abolitionists.
1744
English revivalist George Whitefield, 29, arrived in Maine at the start of his second visit to America. Whitefield struggled to adapt the beliefs of Calvinism to the Arminian teachings of proto-Methodists John and Charles Wesley.
1856
Charles Spurgeon preaches to an overflow crowd. Someone falsely yells, "fire" and seven people are trampled to death in the ensuing melee. He nearly goes insane from the horror of it.
1902
Death of William O. Cushing, American Christian clergyman and hymnwriter. Among Cushing's most popular hymns were "Under His Wings," "When He Cometh," "Ring the Bells of Heaven," and "Hiding in Thee."
1918
Bolsheviks kill the monks Euthymius and John of the Belogorsk monastery for refusing to join the Red Army, torturing John first.
1921
Birth of Bill Bright, American youth evangelist. Bill and his wife Vonette founded Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951, incorporating this evangelical Christian student organization in California in 1953.

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