March 6: Today in Christian History

March 6: Today in Christian History

March 6, 766

Death of Chrodegang, an eminent French bishop who had labored to bring the French liturgy into conformity with the Roman Catholic; had promoted Gregorian chant; restored and founded churches, abbeys, and other religious institutions; elevated the standard of learning among the clergy; urged use of the Benedictine Rule by monks; and encouraged Pepin (king of the Franks) to protect Rome.

March 6, 1447

Tommaso Parentucelli is elected pope, and takes the name Nicholas V. Nicholas, a great lover of literature and the arts, will exert much effort to improve Rome as a fitting home for a great Christian civilization. He will grant a charter for the University of Glasgow, Scotland. His Concordat of Vienna will secure the papacy the right to control benefices and sees.

March 6, 1609

Philip III, King of Spain, issues the Cedula Magna (Great Decree) that says Indians should be as free as Spaniards. Under this and other decrees, Jesuits work among the Indians of Brazil and Paraguay to protect and train Indians.

March 6, 1642

Pope Urban VIII forbids the reading of Augustinus, a Jansenist book.

March 6, 1830

The New York Evangelist is founded with the assistance of Charles G. Finney for the express purpose of representing revival interests and will soon command a large circulation.

March 6, 1883

Death in Oslo of Norwegian editor and hymnwriter, Elevine Heede. Altogether she had written or translated more than two hundred hymns.

March 6, 1901

Amy Carmichael, serving as a missionary in India, shelters her first temple runaway, a young girl dedicated to the Hindu gods and forced into prostitution to earn money for the priests.

March 6, 1903

Death at Battle Creek, Michigan, of Uriah Smith, a prominent author, pastor, educator, and editor in the early Seventh-day Adventist Church. He wrote Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation that represents their prophetic views, edited their Review and Herald, and helped found Battle Creek College, where he taught Bible classes. Some of his writings included anti-trinitarian views.

March 6, 1916

Russians slaughter the Turkish 3rd Army, giving no quarter to the men held responsible for the recent massacre of Armenian Christians.

March 6, 1919

Death in Peoria, Illinois, of hymnwriter Julia Harriette Johnston who had directed a Presbyterian Sunday school for forty years and written a book of missionary lives. Her best-known hymn was the popular “Grace Greater than Our Sin.”

March 6, 1933

Death in Massachusetts of Christian educator and hymnwriter Amos R. Wells, editor of Peloubet’s Notes for the International Sunday School Lessons and editorial secretary for the United Society of Christian Endeavor.

March 6, 1984

Death of Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller, a founder of Germany’s Confessing Church and an opponent of the Nazis, who imprisoned him for many years.

March 6, 1993

Death in Ghana of Solomon Enoch Yaw Opam, a Seventh Day Adventist leader, who had rejected kingship when his people tried to force him to assume the throne. He said “My kingdom is not of this earth.” He had been a pastor, educator, translator, and evangelist among his people.

March 6, 2015

Opening day of The Oromo Theologians’ Forum is held in Oslo, Norway, and seeks ways for displaced Ethiopians to effectively share the gospel in Europe.



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