Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, November 19

1621
John Donne is appointed dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, London.
1672
Richard Baxter defies the English law forbidding him to preach, "preaching as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men."
1742
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'Plead His promises, be much in secret prayer, and never give God rest, till your soul is filled with all His fulness.'
1861
At the suggestion of her minister, abolitionist Julia Ward Howe writes the words of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" to the popular tune "John Brown's Body."
1862
Birth of William (Billy) Sunday, American revivalist. Orphaned during the Civil War, Sunday became a major league baseball player 1883-91, then turned to evangelism in 1893, speaking to an estimated total audience of 100 million before his death in 1935.
1867
Metropolitan Philaret serves the Divine Liturgy for the last time and is found dead in the afternoon. He had struggled to free the church from government interference and had supported the efforts of the Russian Bible Society to translate the Bible into modern Russian that people could understand.
1885
Birth of Haldor Lillenas, American hymnwriter. He penned nearly 4,000 Gospel texts and hymn tunes during his lifetime, including "It Is Glory Just to Walk With Him," Wonderful Grace of Jesus" and "Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace."
1900
Death of Samuel J. Stone, Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter and hymnologist, who had published five collections of hymns. His best-known hymn will be "The Church's One Foundation."
1910
Swedish missionaries Daniel Berg and Adolf Vingren disembark in Brazil where they introduce Pentecostal faith to South America's largest nation, forming its first Assemblies of God church.
1967
Jacob Olawale Omoniyi is ordained as a Baptist minister in Nigeria. Despite deficiencies in his education, he becomes a notable educator, pastor, and leader - the first chairman of the Oyo West Baptist Conference.

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