December 14: Today in Christian History

December 14: Today in Christian History

December 14, 1417

Sir John Oldcastle, a Lollard leader, is suspended from a gallows in London and roasted to death for his Wycliffian religious views.

December 14, 1591

Death in Ubeda, Spain, of John of the Cross, a Carmelite mystic and poet, best-known for The Spiritual Canticle and The Dark Night.

December 14, 1642

Lady Deborah Moody and and others are summoned before the Quarterly Court of Salem for their opposition to infant baptism. Rather than change her opinion, she will move to the New Netherlands (New York) where she will be influential in introducing Baptist teachings.

December 14, 1655

Oliver Cromwell determines that Jews will be allowed back into England centuries after their expulsion.

December 14, 1710

Death of Henry Aldrich, dean of Christ Church, Oxford. A church of England clergyman,  his talent shone in many directions, including architecture (he designed All Saints Church, Oxford), music (he set English words to the music of famed Italian composers and wrote many church anthems), and  philosophy (his introduction to logic went through many editions).

December 14, 1715

Death in London of influential Anglican Archbishop Thomas Tenison, who had been one of the founders of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.

December 14, 1861

Near midnight, the bells of St. Paul's Cathedral toll the death at Windsor Castle of Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria. A Lutheran, Albert had striven to restore the moral tone of the British monarchy, and had introduced reforms into England to improve science, technology, education, military organization, and the lot of the working classes.

December 14, 1906

Death in Battle Creek, Michigan, at age thirty-four, of Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, an African-American  educator and founder of South Carolina’s Denmark Industrial School (later renamed Voorhees Industrial School and now Voorhees College). She had suffered great opposition for her efforts to educate African-Americans, and will be honored in the Episcopal Church calendar.

December 14, 1924

Lutheran theologian and author Walter Maier starts the radio station KFUO, “The Gospel Voice,” at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.

December 14, 1943

Death in Battle Creek, Michigan, of John Harvey Kellogg, who had been a doctor at a sanitarium in Battle Creek and a prominent figure among the early Seventh-day Adventists. His theories and experiments led him to develop prepackaged health foods and cereals, which were well received, and led to the formation of the breakfast-cereal industry.

December 14, 1993

Twelve Croatian and Bosnian Christians in Algeria are murdered by Muslims in the Tamezguida region.

December 14, 2002

David Olawale Olaniyi retires from the full-time pastoral ministry. He had been a notable Baptist evangelist, pastor, educator, and church planter in Nigeria.

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