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Today in Christian History
Jean de Gerson preaches a powerful sermon before the King of France, rebuking the treatment of the poor. Considered reform-minded, he will nonetheless join in condemning reformer Jan Hus at Constance.
Don Juan of Austria defeats the Turkish fleet at Lepanto.
Sudden and unexpected death of Jonathan Dickinson, the first president of Princeton and the main instigator in its creation. He had sided with the revival movement sweeping America in the mid-eighteenth century.
Death in Glasgow, Scotland, of Thomas Reid, a parish minister, who is considered a father of commonsense philosophy because of his contributions to the understanding of how people learn through their five senses.
Birth of Henry Alford, Anglican scholar. He was a member of the 1881 ERV Bible translation committee, but is better remembered today for writing the hymn "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come."
Samuel Leigh, Methodist missionary to Australia, opens the first Methodist church built in Australia, the work of John Lees, a farmer. It will form one preaching place on a thirteen-stop circuit that Leigh will establish.
Spurgeon preaches to his largest congregation ever, more than twenty-three thousand, at the Crystal Palace.
Chinese Christians in Shanghai dedicate a new church in which Cantonese will be spoken. It has a medical dispensary for the poor, a Sunday school, a Christian Endeavor Society for youth, and other church activities.
Missionary linguist Frank C. Laubach wrote in a letter: 'Beside Jesus, the whole lot of us are so contemptible.... But God is like Jesus, and like Jesus, He will not give up until we, too, are like Jesus.'
While WWII was raging, the American Council of Volunteer Agencies for Foreign Service was formed. It was as an interfaith venture to bring Protestant, Catholic and Jewish agencies involved in international relief together under one roof.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"