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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, December 30

1097
During the siege of Antioch the ground shakes, the heavens glow red, and the crusaders spot a great light in the form of a cross.
1741
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'O how little do I for Jesus, who has done so much for me!'
1838
Hanover College was chartered by the Presbyterian General Assembly of Indiana. The school had been founded as a seminary "in the wilderness" for training ministers.
1892
Death in Glasgow of Andrew Bonar, who had been moderator of the Scottish Free Church and authored many books, including a biography of Robert Murray McCheyne.
1906
Death of Josephine Butler in Northumberland, England. Having witnessed her beloved daughter plunge to death before her eyes, Butler had sought a task assisting those even more broken-hearted than herself. As a consequence, she had championed downtrodden women and brought assistance and the gospel to prostitutes.
1925
The silent film Ben Hur, based on Lew Wallace's novel of the time of Christ, opens at the George M. Cohan Theater in New York City and receives rave reviews.
1934
Death in Chicago of Frances Joseph Gaudet, an African-American / Native-American educator and prison reformer, organizer of prison prayer meetings, founder of the Gaudet Normal and Industrial School in Louisiana, and a delegate to the Women's Christian Temperance Union's international convention in 1900.
1993
The Vatican and Israel sign the Fundamental Agreement Beween the Holy See and the State of Israel which protects church property and traditional sacred spots in Israel, the rights of Christians, and the freedom to teach and train Christians. Both parties promise to uphold human freedom and the right to worship. Both deplore anti-Semitism. Diplomatic ties between the two parties commence as soon as the agreement is signed.
1997
Death in Indiana of Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder, who had argued for pacifism in his influential book The Politics of Jesus. His theological stature was undercut by widespread accusations of sexual harrassment against women.
2011
Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton, head of the Full Gospel Church in Vietnam's Thanh Hoa Province, is sentenced to two years' house arrest for collecting documents and writing articles that "tarnish" the Communist regime's reputation.

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