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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, July 29

1685
Robert Barclay petitions that prisoners of conscience be allowed to go overseas rather than remain sequestered in prisons.
1775
The U.S. Army Chaplaincy was founded, making it the second oldest branch of thatservice, after the Infantry.
1776
Pioneer Methodist bishop Francis Asbury remarked in his journal: 'My present modeof conduct is...to read about 100 pages a day; usually to pray in public five times aday.... If it were in my power, I would do a thousand times as much for such a gracious andblessed Master.'
1833
Death of William Wilberforce, who had done much to end slavery in British possessions.
1836
Phoebe Palmer rocks her beloved eleven-month-old daughter Eliza to sleep and puts her to bed. Soon afterward, a careless helper has an accident with an oil lamp, severely burning the baby, who dies. In grief, Palmer will be driven to seek God's face as never before, becoming a leading voice of the American holiness movement.
1866
Birth of Thomas O. Chisholm, American Methodist pastor, teacher, editor and poet.Of the 1,200 sacred verses he penned, one later became the popular hymn: 'Great Is ThyFaithfulness.'
1905
Birth of Dag Hammarskj"ld, Swedish diplomat and Secretary-General of the U.N.(1953-61). His spiritual journal 'Markings' was published in 1964, three years after hisuntimely death in a plane crash.
1918
Father Florentius Troitsky secretly buries in the parish cemetery the Orthodox priest Platon Gorgonievich Gornykh and two peasants whom the Soviets had executed by firing squad in the woods outside Pokrovskoye.
1945
Death of missionary Robert A. Jaffrey, from dysentery, in a Japanese internment camp. He had led a major effort by the Christian and Missionary Alliance to evangelize China and Southeast Asia.
2006
Burial of Titus Machingo Chondol, a pastor in the Church of Christ in Nigeria, noted for his efforts to evangelize and educate his people. He had planted several churches, formed a youth fellowship and a pastors' forum, and inspired several young men to enter the ministry.

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