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Today in Christian History
Death of Barlaam, who had been born to wealth but gave it all away to become a hermit on the Volga River. He had gained such a following that he founded the Khutyn Monastery of Saviour's Transfiguration. His fame increased even more after he healed a Grand Prince. After his death, his tomb will become a popular pilgrimage destination.
Anglican hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'God often takes a course for accomplishing His purposes directly contrary to what our narrow views would prescribe. He brings a death upon our feelings, wishes and prospects when He is about to give us the desire of our hearts.'
Pope Pius VI confirms the election of the Rt. Rev. John Carroll to be the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States (the diocese of Baltimore). He will be consecrated in England in 1790, and become archbishop in 1808.
The first Chinese Presbyterian Church in the U.S. was organized in San Francisco, CA.
William Temple, future Archbishop of Canterbury, is christened. He will become an advocate of the common man and active in social issues.
Death of George Williams, founder of the YMCA, through which he had sought to give young men an alternative to the soul-destroying recreations in London. His endeavor had spread to the whole world.
Death of American revivalist Billy Sunday, a baseball player who had become one of America's most famous evangelists.
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'Our prayers are really His prayers; He speaks to himself through us.'
A dam bursts near Toccoa Falls, Georgia, killing thirty-eight students and instructors at a local Christian college.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"