October 30: Today in Christian History

October 30: Today in Christian History

October 30, 335

Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, meets Emperor Constantine outside Constantinople. Constantine flies into a rage when someone accuses Athanasius of holding up grain shipments from Egypt.

October 30, 1451

Christopher Columbus, who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean both to spread Christianity and (as his crew members complained) to "make a great lord of himself," is born 

October 30, 1536

Power is redistributed between the church and the state in Denmark and Lutheranism becomes the official religion of the nation.

October 30, 1553

Death in Strasburg, Germany, of Jacob Sturm. He had been an ardent champion of Lutherans and had signed the protest presented to the Diet of Spires from which Protestants got their name.

October 30, 1768

 Philip Embury preaches the dedication service of the first Methodist chapel in America, a building he had helped erect with his own hands, located on John Street in New York City.

October 30, 1779

Christian poet and former slave Phillis Wheatley publishes a notice in the Evening Post and General Advisor of Boston requesting subscriptions for a new book of poems.

October 30, 1831

Baptist minister and escaped slave Nat Turner is captured and jailed in Jerusalem, Virginia.

October 30, 1838 

In a letter, Marcus Whitman, missionary to Native Americans in the Northwest part of the U.S., announced the safe arrival of several missionary reinforcements and discussed how best to deploy them. In addition to providing updates on the Waiilatpu mission, Whitman described a plan to obtain a printing press from Hawaii and mentioned his desire to build a grist mill

October 30, 1853

Consecration in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, of James Roosevelt Bayley to be the first Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Newark. He later became Archbishop of Baltimore.

October 30, 1855

William H. Miles professes a hope in Christ. He will become one of the early bishops of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.

October 30, 1879

A Council of Protestant missionaries in Tokyo undertakes translation of the Old Testament into Japanese.

October 30, 1883

Bob Jones, Sr., one of Fundamentalism's most renowned evangelists and founder of Bob Jones University, is born

October 30, 1897

Well-known Congregationalist minister and publisher Lyman Abbott delivers an address in New York at the funeral of economist Henry George, who had proposed that the economic rent of land should be shared by society rather than being owned privately.

October 30, 1902

Leo XIII publishes Vigilantiae, an apostolic letter founding a commission of eminent men, whose duty it will be be to defend Scripture.

October 30, 1972

P.G. Vargis arrives in Katia, India, to begin gospel work among Hindus. No one will rent rooms to him because he is a Christian, a situation remedied only by prayer. His faith ministry results in a major indigenous mission work, The India Evangelical Team.

October 30, 1984

The body of Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko, abducted eleven days earlier by the Polish secret police, is found with marks of torture.

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