October 29: Today in Christian History

October 29: Today in Christian History

October 29, 370

St. Regulus is wrecked off the coast of Scotland with the bones of St. Andrew, who is therefore adopted as the patron saint of Scotland. A site near the wreck becomes the seat of the archbishop of Scotland.

October 29, 1525

Luther introduces the first complete German mass at the City Church of Wittenberg.

October 29, 1562

George Abbot, translator of the Gospels, Acts and Revelation for the King James Bible, is born. He became head of the Church of England in 1611, but his popularity (and his health) declined sharply after he killed a man in a hunting accident in 1621.

October 29, 1666

Death in London of Edmund Calamy, the elder, a Puritan supporter of England’s kings during the Civil War and Commonwealth. He authored highly regarded doctrinal works such as The Covenant of Grace and the Covenant of Works.

October 29, 1675

Death of Andreas Hammerschmidt, one of the most distinguished composers of church music in the seventeenth century.

October 29, 1768

Death in Essex of Joseph Grigg, an English Presbyterian minister. He had written many hymns, including, “Jesus, and Shall it Ever Be.”

October 29, 1837

Dutch theologian and politician Abraham Kuyper is born in Rotterdam, Holland. He became so popular and famous that on October 29, 1907, the whole nation celebrated his 70th birthday, declaring, "the history of the Netherlands, in Church, in State, in Society, in Press, in School, and in the Sciences the last forty years, cannot be written without the mention of his name on almost every page.

October 29, 1863

A conference opens in Geneva to found the organization that becomes the International Red Cross. It is spearheaded by Henri Dunant, a businessman influenced by Christian ideals.

October 29, 1885

English missionary James Hannington was murdered in Uganda. The Ugandans speared the Anglican bishop James Hannington to death. He had been captured eight days earlier.

October 29, 1895

Death in India of Nehemiah Goreh, a convert from Hinduism to Christianity who had written several books in defense of his new-found faith.

October 29, 1900

Death of Reformed Swiss theologian Frederic Louis Godet, who was noted for his Commentary on the Gospel of St. John.

October 29, 1907

The Red Cross awards Orthodox nun Matrona Petrovna Frolova a medal for her relief work during the Russo-Japanese war. She will head a nunnery in Kazan but the Soviets will confiscate the property. Eventually she will be imprisoned, beaten, and executed for her role in resisting Soviet atheism and allegedly hiding church valuables.

October 29, 1919

Death of A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and of Nyack College.

October 29, 1954

Death of Anna Belle Russell in Corning, New York. She had been a Methodist hymnwriter, best known for the words to “Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus.”

October 29, 1972

Yustus Ruhindi is enthroned as the first Anglican Church bishop of Bunyoro-Kitara diocese in Uganda.

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