November 24: Today in Christian History

November 24: Today in Christian History

November 24, 380

Emperor Theodosius deposes the Arian bishop, Demophilus, with all his clergy from the cathedral in Constantinople, transferring the cathedral church to Gregory of Nazianzus with the words: “This temple God by our hand entrusts to thee as a reward for thy pains.”

November 24, 1531

Death of Johannes Oecolampadius, a leader in the Swiss Reformation. He had sided with Ulrich Zwingli in the dispute with Martin Luther over the Lord’s Supper.

November 24, 1555

Catholics in Locarno, Switzerland order that all Protestants who will not embrace Catholicism must go into exile.

November 24, 1572

Death in Edinburgh of John Knox, the most notable of the reformers of Scotland.

November 24, 1703

Amidst singing and the music of an organ, viols, hautboys, trombones, trumpets, and kettledrums, Justus Falckner is ordained at Old Swede’s Church in Philadelphia—the first Lutheran pastor ordained in America.

November 24, 1836

Ordination of Robert Murray McCheyne to the pastorate of St. Peter’s, Dundee. He will become a leader in the ensuing Scottish revival.

November 24, 1838

Catholic missionaries François Norbert Blanchet and Rev. Modeste Demers arrive in Vancouver after crossing the North American continent to establish churches in Canada and Oregon.

November 24, 1846

Death in Rome of Abbé Paul Macpherson, rector of the Scotch College in Rome. He had been the first Scot to head the school and had kept it alive during the Napoleonic era when its existence was threatened. He had also spent time in a French prison for trying to rescue Pope Pius VI.

November 24, 1848

Pope Pius IX flees from Rome in face of the approach of revolutionaries led by Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi. Mildly liberal in outlook before the seizure of Rome, Pius IX thereafter becomes a reactionary.

November 24, 1850

Friedrich August Crämer arrives in Fort Wayne where he will begin years of work educating Lutherans for ministry.

November 24, 1860

Death in London of George Croly, a clergyman of the Church of England. He had been a hymnologist, publishing Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship. He also wrote the hymn, “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart.”

November 24, 1880

More than 150 African American delegates meet in Montgomery, Alabama, to form the Baptist Foreign Missions Convention of the United States. Liberian missionary William W. Colley is chief organizer, and the Rev. William H. McAlpine will be elected the convention’s first president.

November 24, 1964

Congo rebels seize American missionary Bill McChesney. He is suffering so seriously with malaria he needs help and his friend Jim Rodgers, a British missionary, leaps into the truck with him. Despite McChesney’s illness, the rebels beat him mercilessly the whole way to the prison where they will incarcerate him. Both men are beaten and trampled to death the following morning.

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