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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, January 21

885
Pope Adrian III rules in favor of Rothad who had deposed a priest for unchastity and called a church council. Bishop Hincmar had argued that Rothad, as a suffragan (assistant) bishop, did not have authority to do either.
1217
Matthew Paris is clothed as a novice at the Abbey of St. Albans in England. He will be remembered as a monk who chronicled English history.
1525
Hans Denck, a schoolmaster who argues that Lutheran reform is empty unless accompanied by the inward light of the Spirit, is banished from the city of Nuremberg.
1549
The English parliament passes "An Act for Uniformity of Service and Administration of the Sacraments throughout the Realm" which establishes the first Book of Common Prayer in Edward's reign.
1609
Death in Leyden, Netherlands, of Joseph Justus Scaliger, famed for putting ancient chronology onto a scientific footing.
1738
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in his journal: 'I desire to have no greater portion than the prayers of the poor.'
1772
Pioneer Methodist bishop Frances Asbury wrote in his journal: 'Though a stranger in a strange land, God has taken care of me.'
1914
The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau is organized in New York City to inform the general public about The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
1986
Charismatic Bible Ministries was founded in Oklahoma. A fraternal fellowship of charismatic organizations, CBM held its first major conference in June 1986 in Tulsa.
1999
Pope John Paul II begins a visit to Cuba, emphasizing the need for fundamental human freedoms.

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