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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, July 30

381
Emperor Theodosius issues a decree from Heraclea, containing the names of bishops who are to be regarded as orthodox in their respective districts.
1233
Conrad of Marburg, a cruel inquisitor, is murdered on a wooded road in Germany.
1540
Robert Barnes is burned at Smithfield for heresy without a public hearing for his Reformation views.
1629
The Puritans of Salem, Mass. appointed Francis Higginson as their teacher andSamuel Skelton as their pastor. The church covenant, composed afterward by these two men,allowed into communion only those who could prove a sound doctrinal knowledge and anexperience of grace in their lives.
1680
Execution of David Hackston of Rathillet in Edinburgh. Involved in the murder of Archbishop James Sharp of St. Andrews, he is executed in a particularly grisly fashion, first having his hands cut off, then being hanged until near death, then having his still-beating heart cut from his body.
1784
Fray Francesco Palou, a former schoolmate of Fray Junipero Serra and a brother friar, records the death of his famous predecessor as the last entry of Serra's parish record of all baptisms, marriages, and deaths.
1820
Johann Gossner, a German evangelical, preaches his first Russian sermon to a jammed church in St. Petersburg. Many Russians will be converted through his influence.
1822
James Varick becomes the first bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
1913
Death in Overton, Flintshire, England, of hymnwriter Mary Fawler Maude, best known for "Thine Forever! God of Love."
1964
Wu Weizun, a staunch Christian of Tianjin, China, who has suffered severely for his faith, is summoned by the police and his house is searched. Because he refuses to say anything during his interrogation, acting on three principles he has established for himself based on God's word (non-resistance, not disputing, and not begging) he is sent to a detention center. He will be treated with great harshness and his wife compelled to divorce him. However, he determines to follow Christ at any cost and will do so with consistency for decades.

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