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Today in Christian History

Saturday, June 7

761
During the iconoclast controversies, Byzantine Emperor Constantine V has John, the Abbot of Monagria, tied up in a sack and thrown into the sea because he refuses to trample an icon.
1048
Death of Berno of Reichenau who had done much to restore prosperity to the Lake Constance area (now in Switzerland). A scholar, he enriched the library, rebuilt the church, and wrote many treatises on music.
1066
Murder at Lentz of the warrior-prince Gottschalk by heathen who reject his attempts to Christianize them.
1099
The armies of the First Crusade (1096-99) reached the walls of Jerusalem.
1683
The Concord sets sail, carrying the first German settlers (Quakers and Mennonites fleeing persecution) toward their new home in Pennsylvania.
1794
Ordination of Archibald Alexander who will become a famous educator and first principal of Princeton Seminary.
1834
A little more than two weeks after their marriage, Samuel and Marie Gobat leave Germany bound for Ethiopia as missionaries. They will suffer great privations, terrible sufferings, and death of a child while crossing Egypt.
1863
Death of Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian church organist and composer of "Silent Night" (STILLE NACHT). Gruber had written almost one hundred music compositions during his lifetime but "Silent Night" is his most famous tune.
1891
English Baptist clergyman Charles H. Spurgeon preached the last sermon of his 38-year-long ministry at London's Metropolitan Tabernacle. He died the following January.
1913
Ohio-born Methodist evangelist George Bennard introduced his new hymn, 'The Old Rugged Cross,' during a revival he was conducting at Pokagon, Michigan.
1934
Wycliffe Bible Translators held its first study course in linguistics at Sulphur Springs, Arkansas. The training session lasted 3 months.
1945
Death in Guadalcanal of Ini Kopuria, founder of an evangelistic outreach known as the Melanesian Brotherhood.
1959
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a 'wandering to find home,' why should we not look forward to the arrival?'
2002
American missionary Martin Burnham and Filipino nurse Ediborah Yap are killed when the Philippine military launches a raid to rescue them from Islamic radicals who have held them captive in the jungle for more than a year. Burnham's wife Gracie is freed but suffers a gunshot wound.
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