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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, March 9

395
(traditional date) Death of Gregory of Nyssa, one of the three great Trinitarian Cappadocian fathers.
1463
Death of St. Catherine of Bologna who wrote a popular Treatise on the Seven Spiritual Weapons Necessary for Spiritual Warfare in which she recorded her visions of Christ and Satan.
1839
Birth of Phoebe Palmer Knapp, American Methodist hymnwriter. She published more than 500 hymn tunes during her lifetime; her most famous melody comprises the tune to Fanny Crosby's hymn, "Blessed Assurance."
1843
Scottish clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne wrote in a letter: 'You will never find Jesus so precious as when the world is one vast howling wilderness. Then he is like a rose blooming in the midst of the desolation, a rock rising above the storm.'
1930
Pioneer linguist Frank Laubach wrote in a letter: 'It seems to me...that the very Bible cannot be read as a substitute for meeting God soul to soul and face to face.'
1931
The World Radio Missionary Fellowship (WRMF) was incorporated in Lima, Ohio, by co-founders Clarence W. Jones and Reuben Larson. Today, this interdenominational mission agency broadcasts the Gospel in 15 languages to South America and throughout Europe.
1954
Pentecostal evangelist Tommy Hicks arrives in Argentina and requests a large stadium. Local ministers, who have had little success winning souls, try to dissuade him, saying it is impossible to obtain a large stadium and more impossible to fill it. Hicks insists and is able to obtain consent from Argentina's president Juan PerĂ³n after healing him of a skin condition. After weeks of healing services in April and May, a larger stadium will be needed to handle the huge crowds.
1956
The British send into exile Makarios III, archbishop of Cyprus, considering his outspokeness a threat to the island's peace.
1965
Three white Unitarian ministers, including the Rev. James J. Reeb, were attacked with clubs on the streets of Selma, Alabama, while participating in a civil rights demonstration. Reeb later died in a Birmingham, Alabama hospital.
2011
Muslim gangs assault Christian garbage collectors in Cairo's Mokatam district this night, wounding at least one hundred and thirty people. They burn homes and destroy garbage trucks and recycling plants. No emergency services respond until morning, by which time nine Christians and a Muslim homeowner will be dead.

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© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"