November 21: Today in Christian History

November 21: Today in Christian History

November 21, 695

Pope Sergius II consecrates Willibrord as bishop. Willobrord will take the gospel to the Friesians of Northern Europe, establishing many churches.

November 21, 1430

The Burgundians sell Joan of Arc to the English.

November 21, 1526

Francis I, King of France, sends the Provost of Paris to forcibly remove De Berquin from the conciergerie where he is held by enemies of the Reformation. De Berquin seeks reformation without rupture from Rome, but three years later his enemies will use an absence of the king to burn De Berquin to death..

November 21, 1638

A general assembly at Glasgow abolishes the episcopal form of church government and puts the Presbyterian form in its place.

November 21, 1647

Paul of Aleppo is ordained an Archdeacon in the Syrian Melkite church. He will be known for his chronicle The Travels of Macarius, Patriarch of Antioch, an important source of information for events of his time. He will also write a History of the Patriarchs of Antioch.

November 21, 1706

Rev. John Williams returns to a hero’s welcome in Massachusetts on this day, one of the last released of 109 captives taken from Deerfield two and a half years earlier. He will write a bestseller The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion..

November 21, 1866

Tiyo Soga, an African Christian leader, completes a translation of Pilgrim’s Progress into the Xhosa language.

November 21, 1873

Pope Pius IX condemns the “Old Catholic” movement that rejects the decree of papal infallibility, excommunicating by name their bishop, Joseph Humbert Reinkins, and all other adherents of the movement, labeling them “miserable sons of perdition.”

November 21, 1899

President McKinley tells five visiting clergymen he had not wanted the Philippines, but since they had come into the care of the United States, he had gone down on his knees and prayed to Almighty God for guidance what to do with them. The answer he believed was “that there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God’s grace do the very best we could by them, as our fellow-men for whom Christ also died.”

November 21, 1920

Wang Ming-Dao writes out a list of his sins, vows to leave them, and receives assurance of forgiveness. He has already been a Christian for many years.

November 21, 1953

Newspaper headlines around the world announce that the Piltdown Man is a hoax, to the immense satisfaction of those Christians who had rejected the theory of evolution.

November 21, 1957

Oswald Smith of Canada begins preaching in a stadium in Santiago, Chile, with five thousand in attendance, resulting in more than a thousand inquirers. Subsequent meetings will see attendance rise to fifteen thousand.

November 21, 1964

The third session of Vatican II approves a “Decree on Ecumenism” that declares both Catholics and Protestants to blame for past divisions and calls for dialogue, not derision, in the future.

November 21, 1979

Death in Beijing of Zhao Zichen, who developed an influential but anti-supernatural theology and eventually lost his faith entirely, but not before suffering for it at both the hands of the Japanese and the Communists.

November 21, 1984

Rev. David Ernesto Fernandez is murdered in El Salvador. He had served ten congregations in the eastern portion of his country and was greatly beloved by fellow Christians.

November 21, 1988

Richard Foster and some of his friends create Renovaré, an organization to equip people to become deeply formed followers of Jesus.

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