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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, February 13

1413
A national synod is convoked in Bohemia to discuss John Wycliffe's teachings. Jan Hus, the chief exponent of Wycliffe's teachings, is not present, having been exiled. The synod will adjourn without coming to agreement.
1793
Death in Tanjore, India, of Christian F. Schwartz, "Apostle of India."
1888
Death in Santa Fe, New Mexico, of Jean Baptiste Lamy, the first archbishop of Santa Fe.
1914
King George V receives Wilson Carlile - head of the Church Army - at Buckingham Palace, and expresses sympathy for the vagrants and criminals the Army is trying to reclaim. Carlile had founded the organization in 1882 and has worked with Church of England approval since 1883.
1936
The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, organizes an Armed Services Commission to assist Lutheran chaplains.
1949
Death in Dundee, Scotland, of Minnie Cumming Watson, the first female missionary of the East Africa Scottish Mission. She had established a system of Christian schools for the Kikuyu people of Kenya.
1951
Death of Lloyd C. Douglas, 74, American Congregational clergyman and novelist. He published his first religious novel "Magnificent Obsession" in 1929, followed later by "The Robe" (1942) and "The Big Fisherman" (1948).
1985
Death of Ji Zhiwen, who had conducted a notable evangelistic work in China. He established the Bethel Evangelistic Band in Shanghai, followed by the Chinese Evangelization Society and an orphanage (also in Shanghai), and, when driven from mainland China, founded churches in Taiwan. He had extended his ministry to Southeast Asia, founding kindergartens, orphanages and day care centers, and had developed a Christian press before retiring to Los Angeles.
2001
Vietnamese authorities arrest Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly for his calls for religious freedom. He has been arrested many times before.
2011
Police raid a Baptist church service in Gomel, Belarus, and detain pastor Nikolai Varushin for trial for "holding an unauthorized religious service."

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