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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, September 29

1622
Death in exile of theologian Conrad Vorstius, at Toningen, Holstein, Germany. He had been accepted for a time by the Dutch Remonstrants (Arminians) but apparently denied the Trinity and the pre-existence of Christ and was eventually exiled by the Calvinist Synod of Dort.
1770
The day before his death at age 56, English revivalist George Whitefield prayed: 'Lord Jesus, I am weary in thy work, but not of it.'
1904
While Reverend Seth Joshua prays, Evan Roberts is filled with the Holy Spirit. He will go on to lead a significant revival in Wales.
1918
Edward Thomas Demby is consecrated as the first African American suffragan (assistant) bishop of the Episcopal Church.
1941
Communists sentence Natalya Ivanovna Sundukova to death because she refuses to work for the Soviet state, declaring it is antichristian. She is convicted of "anti-Soviet propaganda among the prisoners and counter-revolutionary sabotage" and will be shot the following January.
1951
Death of notable Welsh evangelist and revivalist Evan Roberts near Cardiff.
1967
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth wrote in a letter: 'God has very different people who like one another to different degrees.'
1968
Death of Christian and Missionary Alliance missionary Betty Ann Olsen, while being held captive by the Viet Cong. She was sick with dysentery, malnutrition and tormented by fungus, infections, leeches, and ulcerated sores.
1970
The New American Bible was published by the St. Anthony Guild Press. It represented the first English version Roman Catholic Bible to be translated from the original Biblical Greek and Hebrew languages. (The Rheims-Douai Version of 1610 had been based on Jerome's Latin Vulgate.)
1990
In Washington, DC, the National Cathedral (officially, the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul) was completed after 83 years of construction. Begun in 1907, the Gothic edifice had been used in its incomplete form since 1912.

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