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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, March 4

1738
Moravian missionary Peter Bohler, 26, advised future English founder of Methodism John Wesley, 34: 'Preach faith until you have it; and then, because you have it, you will preach faith.'
1827
Death in India of Sheikh Salih, a notable Indian Christian. At his baptism he had taken the name Abdul Masih, meaning "servant of the Messiah."
1849
Newly-elected president of the United States Zachary Taylor refuses inauguration on Sunday out of respect for the Lord's day but is inaugurated on Monday.
1850
Future statesman James A. Garfield, at age 18, was "buried with Christ in baptism." Thirty-one years, to the day! after his conversion, Garfield took the oath of office as 20th President of the United States.
1866
Death in Bethany, West Virginia, of Alexander Campbell, co-founder of the Stone-Campbell movement that later will diverge into Disciples of Christ and various Churches of Christ.
1901
Death in Northfield, Massachusetts, of American evangelist Daniel W. Whittle, author of several popular hymns including "There Shall Be Showers of Blessing," "Have You Any Room for Jesus?" "I Know Whom I Have Believed," and "Moment by Moment."
1942
Birth of Gloria Gaither, wife of songwriter Bill Gaither, and female vocalist in the Bill Gaither Trio. Gloria is also coƂauthor of the contemporary Christian songs, "Because He Lives," "Something Beautiful" and "The King is Coming."
1963
Gaspar Makil, a Filipino missionary to Vietnam, his young daughter Janie Makil and Elwood Jacobson, a missionary from the United States, are killed by the Vietcong while travelling to the Makil home.
1966
London's "Evening Standard" newspaper published an interview with Beatle John Lennon in which he remarked: 'Christianity will... vanish and shrink... We're more popular than Jesus Christ right now.' The quote touched off a storm of international protest, resulting in burnings and boycotts of the Beatles' records.
2011
A mob of thousands of Muslims burns down the Coptic church of Saint Mina and Saint George in Soul, Egypt, about nineteen miles from Cairo. Authorities at first refuse to send assistance, although they will later rebuild the church.

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