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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, December 30

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.
1896
Execution of José Rizal, a Filipino patriot and doctor, who had sometimes espoused Christianity, and who had urged his followers to act as Christ taught, not as the Spanish conquerors behaved. He was author of the novel Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not), a social protest, and had formed revolutionary organizations.
1922
The Bolshevik government exiles Orthodox thinkers Sergius Bulgakov and Nicholas Berdyaevis among one hundred and sixty prominent intellectuals.
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.
1937
Birth of Noel Paul Stookey, American folk singer. Stookey was "Paul" of the 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Converted in the late 1960s, Stookey is now a Christian recording artist, and prefers using his "born-again" name, Noel.
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.
2002
An Islamic militant shoots and kills three US Christian missionaries working at a Baptist-run hospital in Yemen. William Koehn, the administrator of Jibla Baptist hospital, Kathleen Gariety, a supplies purchaser, and medical doctor Martha Myers all die instantly from bullets to the head. Pharmacist Donald Caswell is left in critical condition with abdominal wounds, but will recover.
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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