March 11: Today in Christian History

March 11, 843

After years of iconoclasm (opposition to and destruction of icons), two-dimensional images are restored for worship in the Eastern Empire, an event known as “The Triumph of Orthodoxy.”

March 11, 859

Muslims behead Bishop Elogius in Cordoba, Spain.

March 11, 1185

Jews are brutally massacred by their fellow townsfolk in the old Anglican city of York.

March 11, 1559

In response to a sermon by John Knox, a Reformation mob burns churches in Perth, Scotland, and instructs the friars to hold mass no more.

March 11, 1829

Mendelssohn revives Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Singakademie in Berlin. A thousand people have to be turned away from the performance for lack of room.

March 11, 1836

Emperor Nicholas I issues decrees that strengthen the Armenian church against Albanian rivals. Decades later, Armenian clergy will destroy Albanian church records in an attempt to erase the church’s history.

March 11, 1877

Gerard Manley Hopkins preaches his “dominical”—a practice sermon.

March 11, 1888

Samuel Zwemer preaches his first sermon—to a congregation of African-Americans in a small New Brunswick, New Jersey, church. He will go on to become a notable missionary to the Arab world.

March 11, 1897

Death in Tunbridge Wells, England, of Henry Drummond, Scottish evangelist and religious writer, best remembered for his classic meditation on 1 Corinthians 13 “The Love Chapter” entitled The Greatest Thing in the World.

March 11. 1918

On this day in Christian History, Popular Gospel preacher, Reverend Jack Coe was born

March 11, 1923

Death in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of hymnwriter Mary Ann Thomson. Her best-known hymn was “O Zion Haste, Thy Mission High Fulfilling.”

March 11, 1928

Sponsored by Methodists, Norman Dunning kicks off an evangelistic “crusade” in Perth, Australia, and will visit many leading cities in Australia with reasoned appeals to conversion and holy living.

March 11, 2001

Leonid Zwicki is installed as bishop of the newly-created Belarusian Evangelical Lutheran Church.

March 11, 2005

Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs requires 75,000 mosques to preach a sermon this day advising Muslims that Christian missionaries present a danger to national unity and integrity. 

March 11, 2009

Thirty or more Hindus, angered at Christian preaching, attack pastor Erra Krupanamdam while he is returning from a prayer meeting in Andra Pradesh state, India, fracturing his spine and ribs.

March 11, 2012

A suicide bomber in a car attacks St. Finbar’s Catholic Church in Jos, Nigeria,  leaving ten people dead.


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