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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, January 12

1167
Death at the Cistercian abbey in Rievaulx (in Lincolnshire) of Aelred, an Anglo-Saxon abbot and writer of devotional works.
1525
At Zwingli's suggestion, Zurich Council passes an ordinance to use the assets of monasteries taken over by the reformers to create a fund to assist the poor and schools.
1538
Luther and Agricola meet in their second disputation at Wittenberg on the topic of antinomianism (lawlessness). Luther agrees that the law is not necessary to justification but says it must be kept in the church to reveal sin, maintain discipline, and advise Christians what is pleasing to God.
1629
Fifty-three lay Christians are beheaded for their faith at Yonezawa, Japan.
1777
The Mission Santa Clara de Asis was established. It was one of nine missions founded by Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Junipero Serra, between 1769-1784.
1822
Young George Müller is released after thirty-six days in jail at Wolfenbüttel Castle for theft. He will migrate to England where he will become a leader in British faith ministries.
1839
Scottish clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne wrote in a letter: 'It is not the tempest, nor the earthquake, nor the fire, but the still small voice of the Spirit that carries on the glorious work of saving souls.'
1862
Ashbel Green Simonton holds his first baptism in Rio de Janeiro, considered the date of the birth of the Presbyterian Church in Brazil.
1930
Soviets arrest the Orthodox priest Nicholas Mikhailovich Vinokurov in Yakutia. He is accused of conducting counter-revolutionary work to overthrow the Soviets and will be shot in Yakutsk in April.
1958
Dr. Charles E. Fuller and associates broadcast the Old Fashioned Revival Hour for the last time from the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, moving afterward to a Hollywood recording studio.

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