Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, November 30

1170
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1215
The Fourth Lateran Council ends with its third session. At this council official use was first made of the term "transubstantiation" with reference to the Eucharist.
1530
German reformer Martin Luther remarked: 'Whenever I happen to be prevented by the press of duties from observing my hour of prayer, the entire day is bad for me.'
1554
Cardinal Pole announces England's reconciliation with the pope.
1729
Birth of Samuel Seabury, first bishop of the American Protestant Episcopal Church. (Following the American Revolution, Seabury helped formulate the constitution which made the American Protestant Episcopal Church independent and autonomous from the Church of England.)
1737
Moravian missionaries on Saint Thomas island allow Andreas and Petrus, two Afro-Caribbeans, to share the Lord's Table, a first for the island's slave population.
1812
Harriet Newell, one of America's first women missionaries to a foreign land, dies of consumption near India. She had lost a baby shortly before, owing to a severe storm, and was prostrate from the experience.
1846
John Geddie sails from Nova Scotia for Polynesia where he will labor for many disappointing years on Aneiteum in the New Hebrides before seeing a spiritual breakthrough. Once the islanders are converted, however, they will be so zealous for Christ that they will send missionaries to other islands.
1892
Death of F. J. A. Hort, Bible scholar who had worked with B. F. Westcott on a critical edition of the Greek New Testament, the foundation for almost all modern English translations of the New Testament.
1894
In Naperville, Illinois, seven groups of the Evangelical Association withdrew from the organization to form the United Evangelical Church. (In 1922 the two denominations reunited.)

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