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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, October 9

1253
Death of Robert Grosseteste, a reform-minded English bishop who influenced John Wycliffe and formulated the scientific method.
1747
Death of David Brainerd at age twenty-nine of tuberculosis. He had been a missionary to Native Americans in New England. His journal, published by Jonathan Edwards, will inspire many readers to become missionaries.
1800
Mary Webb, wheelchair-bound, organizes fourteen Baptist and Congregational women into the Boston Female Society for Missionary Purposes.
1842
Episcopal missionary James L. Breck was ordained a priest at Duck Creek, WI. In 1850, this "apostle of the wilderness" moved to Minnesota and in 1858 founded the Seabury Divinity School. It is said that "no priest did more for the Episcopal Church in the West than Breck."
1845
John Henry Newman, formerly an Anglican and a leader of the Oxford Movement, is received into the Roman Catholic church.
1860
Conversion of Robert Anderson, who will later head Scotland Yard.
1916
Irene Webster-Smith boards the Suwa Maru for Japan, where she will rescue Geisha children.
1920
Orthodox reader Basil Ivanovich Katorgin is sentenced to death by Communists of Omsk province for "counter-revolutionary activity." The sentence will be carried out on October 23 when he is shot.
1935
Yin Renxian and his wife Faith Suyun Ding, who have been reaching out with the gospel to prison inmates and street people, baptize more than twenty prisoners.
2011
The Egyptian army ruthlessly runs over or shoots Christians who are peacefully protesting the failure of the Muslim government to bring to justice Muslims who have burned Christian churches and attacked Christians. Twenty-seven protesters die. Two days later Muslims will also assault the Christian funeral processions.

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