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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, October 12

1518
Martin Luther and Cardinal Cajetan meet in Augsburg over the following three days to discuss Luther's 95 Theses. Cajetan tells Luther he must recant unconditionally.
1772
Conversion of Benjamin Abbott, who will become an American revival leader. His conversion to Christianity came after fearful mental struggles, influenced by the preaching of Abraham Whitworth.
1845
Death of Elizabeth Fry. A Quaker, she was known as a pioneer in prison reform.
1868
The Jesuits are expelled from Spain.
1894
Carl Strehlow, German missionary to Australia, arrives at Hermannsburg station where he is appointed head of the mission and will translate the Bible into three aboriginal languages.
1895
Death of hymnwriter Frances Humphreys Alexander, best known for "There is a Green Hill Far Away" and the Christmas carol "Once in Royal David's City."
1901
Death of Edward Raimond Baierlein, Lutheran missionary among the Chippewa Indians near Frankenmuth, Michigan, and and later among the people of Sadras, Cuddalore, and Tranquebar, India. He wrote books about his Michigan work, where he was beloved for treating the Indians as true equals.
1915
A German firing squad executes the British nurse Edith Cavell who had helped allied soldiers escape. At her death she says she has to go deeper to true love.
1949
American missionary and martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'For my generation I must have the oracles of God in fresh terms.'
1951
Simon Kimbangu dies after being imprisoned for years by Belgian authorities in Congo Free State. Baptist-trained, he had preached a Christian gospel of one God, healed the sick, and alarmed colonial administrators.

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