Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, November 3

1523
Simeon Stumpf is deprived of his parish in Zurich and will be exiled the following month. With Conrad Grebel he had called for complete abolition of the mass. The Zurich town council had said it should be left up to each priest.
1783
Robert Raikes publishes a letter on the success of his Sunday schools in the Gloucester Journal which is seen by William Fox, who promotes a national Sunday school movement.
1784
English clergyman Thomas Coke, 37, first arrived in America, at New York City. He was the first Methodist bishop to come to the New World.
1805
A painter defaces the statue of King William III in Dublin. The statue is hated by Catholics because William had secured Ireland for Protestantism, and hated by Protestant students because the rump of its horse faces their university. The culprit will never be apprehended. In 1928 the statue will be blown up.
1818
Pliny Fisk sets sail for Palestine aboard the Sally Ann. Ordained by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Fisk became the first American missionary to journey to the Near East.
1869
Isabella Thoburn sails with Clara Swain from Boston harbor for India, where she will found a school for women.
1917
Death of Canadian Methodist Albert Carman, the last and greatest of the holiness Methodists in Canada. He had broken a hip some time before and never recovered.
1929
Orthodox priest Alexander Vasilyevich Nikulin serving in the village of Bolshaya Sosnova is arrested "for anti-Soviet agitation", and will be sentenced to three years in the prison camps. After his released he serves secretly despite a warrant for his arrest.
1960
Lutheran bishops prepare The Christian in the DNR to show Lutherans how to live under communism with obedience but without violating their consciences.
1970
Death of Charles Chidongo Chinula, a pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Malawi, who had translated Pilgrim's Progress into the Tumbuka language. He had been expelled from the Presbyterian church for his combative spirit and founded a "Free Church," but eventually rejoined the Presbyterians, deploring the schism he had caused.

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