Today in Christian History
Eusebius (not to be confused with historian Eusebius of Caesarea) becomes the first bishop of Vercelli, Italy, receiving his consecration from Pope Julius I. He will be influential in having the Nicene Creed restored throughout the empire.
Geneva's Council recommends Sebastian Castellio's appointment as preacher. He is one of the few Genevan clergy who will visit plague victims during the epidemic that year.
Dutch Anabaptist reformer Menno Simons wrote in a letter: 'Wherever there is a pulverized and penitent heart, there grace also is, and wherever there is a voluntary confession not gained by pressure, there love covereth a multitude of sins.'
In his first official act as a bishop, Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf ordains Peter Bohler.
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'My brother, entreat the Lord that I may grow in grace, and pick up the fragments of my time, that not a moment of it may be lost.'
The United States Bill of Rights is ratified, guaranteeing freedom of religion among other liberties.
Death in Cape Town of missionary-physician Johannes Van Der Kemp.
British apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'May it please the Lord that...faith unimpaired may strengthen us, contrition soften us and peace make us joyful.'
More than 400 American Roman Catholic theologians charged that the Vatican had been throttling church reforms and imposing "an excessive Roman centralization." They contended that the Vatican had undercut a greater role for women, slowed the ecumenical drive for Christian unity and undermined the collegial functioning of national conferences of bishops.
Saudi Arabians arrest thirty-five Ethiopian Christians for praying in Jeddeh but charge them with meeting in a mixed company of men and women. They strip the women and search their body cavities. The Christians will be imprisoned several months until deported back to Ethiopia.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"