Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, December 11

1518
Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli, 34, was elected People's Preacher at the Old Minster Church in Zurich, where he continued as pastor for the remaining 13 years of his life.
1520
Martin Luther says no man can be saved unless he renounces the rule of the pope.
1792
Birth of Joseph Mohr, the Austrian Roman Catholic vicar who, along with the Oberndorf Church organist Franz Gruber, on Christmas Eve of 1818, authored the enduring Christmas hymn, "Stille Nacht" ("Silent Night").
1825
Samuel Adjai Crowther is baptized at the age of sixteen. Recently a slave, he will become the first Anglican bishop of West Africa.
1897
Anglican missionary George Pilkington, cooperating with British troops in Uganda, is killed.
1905
Methodist leader Reverdy C. Ransom becomes the first African American to give an address at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, marking the celebration of the William Lloyd Garrison Centennial.
1910
Death of Lars Olsen Skrefsrud, famous Norwegian missionary. Once a thief, he had been converted to faith in Christ. In India he had translated the Bible into the Santal language and produced a hymnal using native tunes. He wrote textbooks, published a book of traditional Santal myths, founded schools that taught farming, animal care, and carpentry. He sought to establish a church the Santalese could run themselves. By his death, there were fifteen thousand or more Santal Christians.
1920
Soviets cut to pieces Russian Orthodox deacon Constantine Zverev with sabres because he stands up in defence of a priest.
1962
American missionary and apologist Francis Schaeffer wrote in a letter: 'Our trusting the Lord does not mean that there are not times of tears. I think it is a mistake as Christians to act as though trusting the Lord and tears are not compatible.'
1975
The Central American Mission changed its name to CAM Intentional, after expanding its missionary efforts into Latin America. (This evangelical mission group was founded in 1890 by C.I. Scofield, editor of the Scofield Bible.)

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