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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, May 3

845
Rothad, bishop of Soissons consecrates Hincmar as Archbishop of Rheims. Hincmar will spend his life in battles to hold his position and in clashes with clergymen and kings to keep the church free of corruption and tyranny - at which he will fail.
1512
The Fifth Lateran Council opened under Pope Julius II. Its twelve sessions lasting through 1517, the council continued under Leo X, following Julius' death in 1513.
1679
Assassination of James Sharpe, Archbishop of St Andrew's, on Magus Moor. At one time a Presbyterian and Covenanter, he had joined the Church of England for the sake of advancement and had been made an archbishop. He had proceeded to brutally persecute his former brethren until at last, on this day, a band of Covenanters surround him and stab him to death to end his cruelty.
1738
English revivalist George Whitefield, 23, first arrived in America. In all, Whitefield crossed the Atlantic thirteen times, and died in Massachusetts in 1770, during his seventh visit.
1784
Death in Philadelphia of Anthony Benezet, a Quaker philanthropist and abolitionist.
1829
Nineteen-year-old Andrew Bonar, who will later become an influential minister in the Free Church of Scotland, notes in his journal that he is still out of Christ.
1831
Death of Elizabeth Hervey from dysentery before she could begin mission work in India.
1853
At twenty-one years of age, Uriah Smith begins fifty years of service at the Seventh-day Adventists' Review and Herald. In addition to his editorial work, he will write books on prophecy, including the well-known Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation, and he will patent an artificial leg, having undergone an amputation as a child because of infection.
1862
Death in New York City of Nathan Bangs, a Methodist minister and theologian, who had authored many books, including a massive history of Methodism in America. He had also been a successful Methodist publisher.
1878
Death in Winchester of William Whiting, master of Winchester College Choristers' School. He had written the hymn "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" when one of his students sailed for America in 1860. Later writers added stanzas for submariners, airmen, and other branches of the military.

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