October 19: Today in Christian History

October 19: Today in Christian History

October 19, 615

Deusdedit is consecrated pope. A saintly man, he will be said to have healed a leper by kissing him. Future generations will nickname him the “earthquake pope” because of a violent tremor which occurs during his papacy.

October 19, 1186

Pope Urban III extends papal protection to St. Mary’s, Clerkenwell. This makes the woman abbess directly responsible for the abbey under the pope without other male direction.

October 19, 1609

Death of James Arminius, Dutch pastor and theologian from whom Arminianism derives its named. He had suggested that some passages of Scripture could be interpreted more mildly than in strict Calvinism.

October 19, 1682

Death in Norwich, England, of Thomas Browne, physician and author of the prose classic Religio Medici [The Religion of a Doctor].

October 19, 1833

Baptists form the First Baptist Church of Chicago at the cabin of Rev. Jesse Walker, a Methodist whose home serves as a meeting place for many public activities.

October 19, 1856

Charles Spurgeon preaches to an overflow crowd. Someone falsely yells, “fire” and seven people are trampled to death in the ensuing melee. He nearly goes insane from the horror of it.

October 19, 1893 

John Livingston Nevius, Presbyterian missionary to China, passed away. He is well known for promoting the concept that mission work should aim, from the very beginning, to establish self-propagating, self-supporting, self-governing indigenous churches. Nevius' writings include The Planting and Development of Missionary Churches. 

October 19, 1902

Death of William O. Cushing, American Christian clergyman and hymnwriter. Among Cushing’s most popular hymns were “Under His Wings,” “When He Cometh,” “Ring the Bells of Heaven,” and “Hiding in Thee.”

October 19, 1918

Bolsheviks kill the monks Euthymius and John of the Belogorsk monastery for refusing to join the Red Army, torturing John first.

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