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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, January 13

1501
The world's first hymnbook in a language other than Latin is issued by the Bohemian followers of Jan Hus in Prague. It contains 89 hymns.
1547
The Council of Trent debates the doctrine of justification and anathematizes the fundamental doctrines of the Lutheran Reformation.
1635
Birth of Philip Jacob Spener, founder of German pietism. The name for the Bible studies (called "collegia pietatis") held in his home came to be associated with his followers, who were afterward called Pietists.
1847
Pius IX mounts a pulpit and preaches a sermon, allegedly the first pope to do so in three hundred years.
1855
Death in Wynberg, South Africa, of John Scudder, Dutch Reformed missionary to Ceylon and India. He was the father of the famed medical missionary, Ida Scudder.
1889
The first three Lutheran deaconesses in America are consecrated at the Philadelphia motherhouse.
1915
Death in Nigeria of missionary Mary Slessor, known as the "White Queen to the Cannibals."
1919
Death in Miami, Florida, of hymnwriter Margaret Jenkins Harris who had written the popular hymns "He Took My Sins Away," "I Will Praise Him," and "I've Pitched My Tent in Beulah."
1930
Soviets arrest Orthodox priest Artemius Grigoryevich Zuyev in Taldy-Kurgan province and sentence him to death for anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation.
1936
Baptist clergyman B.B. McKinney, 50, wrote the words and tune to the gospel song, "Wherever He Leads, I'll Go," a few days before the opening of a Sunday School convention in Alabama.

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