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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, January 15

569
Death in County Limerick, Ireland, of Ita, who had founded a famous monastery of holy virgins, called Cluain-cred-hail, where she practiced severe mortifications and urged everyone to live perpetually recollected in God as the great means of attaining to perfection.
1697
The citizens of Massachusetts spent a day of fasting and repentance for their roles in the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Judge Samuel Sewall, who had presided over many of those 20 capital judgments, published a written confession acknowledging his own "blame and shame."
1820
Pliny Fisk reaches Smyrna, commencing missionary labors in the Middle East that will take him to Alexandria, Jerusalem, Aleppo, Tripoli, and Beirut. He will distribute four thousand copies of the Bible or parts of Scripture, and twenty thousand tracts.
1844
The University of Notre Dame was chartered under Roman Catholic auspices in Indiana.
1852
Mt. Sinai Hospital was incorporated by Sampson Simson and eight associates in NY City. It was the first Jewish hospital in the U.S.
1873
Lutheran founder of the Missouri Synod, C.F.W. Walther warned in a letter: 'Inactivity is the beginning of all vice.'
1910
Alice Wood, a Canadian Methodist Holiness missionary, arrives in Argentina where she will become one of the first missionaries to establish a permanent Pentecostal presence in Buenos Aires. By about the middle of the twentieth century, Pentecostals will have converted as many as one tenth of Argentina's people.
1951
Death in New Zealand of evangelist Harry Ironside, who had pastored Moody Church, Chicago, for many years and had authored more than sixty Christian works.
1998
Death of Harold Lindsell at Lake Forest, California. A fundamentalist controversialist, he was well-known for his book The Battle for the Bible.
2015
Muslims in Niger throw Molotov cocktails through the windows of sixty-eight churches, burning them to the ground in an effort to eliminate the Christian presence from the nation. The Christians, however, will regroup, pray for their attackers, and with the help of the Samaritan's Purse organization rebuild fifty of their churches within two years, many of them stronger and in more defensible locations.

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