October 8: Today in Christian History

October 8: Today in Christian History

October 8, 451

The Council of Chalcedon opens to deal with the Eutychians, who believe Christ’s divinity swallowed up his humanity “like a drop of wine in the sea.”

October 8, 1559

Don Carlos de Seso Died for the Gospel in Spain 

October 8, 1664

Benjamin Keach is hauled before a magistrate and accused of scandalous behavior for printing a Baptist primer for children.

October 8, 1708

Burial of John Blow at Westminster Abbey, where he had been organist. He had composed many lovely religious works such as “Salvador Mundi.”

October 8, 1744

Lawyer Elisha Paine, imprisoned in Windham, Connecticut, for preaching illegally, writes his wife to say he preached on the prison grounds, with the result many people came under spiritual conviction.

October 8, 1797

Jacob Albright, an evangelist among German speakers, preaches his first known sermon—in an open marketplace at Shafferstown, Pennsylvania. His text is Hebrews 2:3, “How will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” The gathering is broken up by a mob.

October 8, 1853

Miles Justin Knowlton was ordained as a Baptist minister. Soon afterward he sailed as a missionary for Ningpo, China. In 1871, while on a visit to the United States, Knowlton wrote a prize-winning essay titled "China as a Mission Field." He also delivered a lecture series at several theological seminaries that was published under the title The Foreign Missionary, His Field, and His Work.

October 8, 1871

Ex-con Jerry McAuley opens the Water Street Mission of New York, one of the first rescue missions in the world.

October 8, 1888

Russian Emperor Alexander III and several family members attend a stone-laying ceremony for the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Baku, Azerbaijan, where the Tsar hopes to encourage the spread of Russian Orthodoxy. The church, designed to hold 1,700 worshipers, will be dedicated exactly one year later. Baku churches with the same name had been built in 1815 and 1858.

October 8, 1932

Joseph Nakabaale Kiwanuka arrives in Algiers to make his novitiate with the Missionaries of Africa. He will go on to become the first native African to be ordained a Catholic bishop in the twentieth century.

October 8, 2008

Death of Mrs. Yukiko Sugihara, who had helped her husband, Chiune Sugihara, rescue thousands of Jews from Lithuania during World War II.

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