April 3: Today in Christian History



April 3, 1253

Death of Bishop Richard of Chichester, who had suffered persecution from hostile King Henry III but was beloved by his people.

April 3, 1327

Papal bull of John XXII condemns the writings of Marsilus of Padua and John of Jandun.

April 3, 1418

At the Council of Constance, Jean Gerson rejects propositions of Matthias Grabow that are intended to suppress the lay spiritual renewal movement called the Brethren of Common Life. Gerson’s defense of the lay brothers ensures they will obtain papal approval.

April 3, 1528

Adolf Clarenbach, having preached Reformation ideas in Wesel and Cologne, Germany, is arrested by Catholic authorities in Cologne. He will be sentenced to death.

April 3, 1769

Death in Mülheim (in the Ruhr) of Pietist preacher and hymnwriter Gerhard Tersteegen. Among his best-known hymns was “Thou hidden love of God.”

April 3, 1826

Death of Reginald Heber in India. The following year, his hymns will be published posthumously. Among them will be “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “From Greenland’s Icy Mountains.”

April 3, 1901

James Chalmers and Oliver Tompkins sail from Daru, Papua, New Guinea, in what will be their last voyage. Within days, cannibals will martyr and eat them.

April 3, 1971

Nazarene evangelists Tómaz Phiri and Nadies Kampione (husband and wife) make a dangerous night escape from Mozambique to Malawi with their children. Although refugees, they will plant four churches that will remain in a flourishing condition years later.

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