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Today in Christian History
Death of St. Sava from pneumonia in Tmovo, Bulgaria. He had become ill after participating in a ceremony known as "Blessing of the Waters." From being a monk, he had risen to become archbishop of Serbia.
Death in Udine of Odoric, a Franciscan who had traveled to China and reported on the Far East, but whose credibility was low because he reported many details on hearsay.
The Hampton Court Conference opened in London, during which Puritan representatives met with their monarch, King James I, to discuss reform within the Church of England.
Forty-four ministers, mostly from the province of Holland, sign a Remonstrance that expresses their objections to certain Calvinist teachings of the state church of the Netherlands.
Death of Father Parti Sarpi, a Venetian polymath and doctor of theology. He had assisted Venice in its struggles against the papacy and wrote a history of the Council of Trent that exposed misdeeds of the pope, all while still a member of the Augustinian Servite order.
Death in Ely, England, of John Bois, one of the translators of the Authorized Version of the Bible, and a key editor of it. He had also assisted with an edition of John Chrysostom's writings. Significantly, he had been able to read the Hebrew Bible at age five and taught Greek at Cambridge for ten years.
Death in Cheshire, Massachusetts, of Baptist evangelist John Leland, who in addition to his evangelistic work had been an ardent opponent of slavery and a strong advocate for religious liberty.
Death in Oxford, England, of Richard Meux Benson, the principal founder of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, an Anglican form of monasticism.
American Presbyterian apologist Francis Schaeffer wrote in a letter: 'I have come to the conclusion that none of us in our generation feels as guilty about sin as we should or as our forefathers did.'
Death of Sipho Mncube, a South African evangelist who had once been an alcoholic, drug addict, and thief. Many had come to Christ through his humility and charitable efforts.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"