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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, December 8

1672
Jesuit explorer-missionary Jacques Marquette reaches St. Ignace on the straits of what will become the state of Michigan.
1775
Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'This is faith: a renouncing of everything we are apt to call our own and relying wholly upon the blood, righteousness and intercession of Jesus.'
1808
Adoniram Judson, formerly an infidel, writes in his journal: "This day I made a solemn dedication of my life to God." He will go on to become one of America's most famous missionary pioneers.
1854
Pope Pius IX declares that the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is now an article of Catholic faith.
1900
Rose Lathrop and Alice Huber found the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne, also known as Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer.
1907
Christmas seals were sold for the first time, to raise funds to fight tuberculosis. Today, Christmas seal income is used primarily in the fight against birth defects.
1941
Japanese police arrest some students and fifteen faculty members at the Christian school Yanjing University in Beijing.
1953
Anglican scholar and apologist C. S. Lewis reads his paper "Petitionary Prayer" to the Oxford Clerical Society. The paper raises issues about praying in complete confidence (which the Bible seems to command) versus praying with the caveat "Thy will be done," of which we have no less an exemplar than Jesus himself.
1957
Ordination of 22-year-old Omar Cabrera in Argentina. Already president of an Assembly of God youth organization and secretary for the national Assembly of God, he will become an internationally-known evangelist, leader of revival in Argentina, and pastor of one of the world's largest churches - Vision of the Future Church.
1966
In Bogot

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