April 30: Today in Christian History

April 30: Today in Christian History

April 30, 418

Roman Emperor Honorius issues an imperial edict banishing Pelagians from Rome as a great threat to peace. They seemed to teach that people have a say in their own salvation apart from grace.

April 30, 1367

Pope Urban sails from Avignon to Italy to restore the papacy to Rome.

April 30, 1524

Death in battle of Chevalier de Bayard, considered the epitome of a Christian courtier and one of the finest soldiers in France, a “knight without fear and without reproach.”

April 30, 1658

Marguerite Bourgeoys establishes the first uncloistered Catholic misisonary community in the new world at Ville Marie, Canada.

April 30, 1854

Missionary James Calvert experiences joy when a Fijiian chief on Viwa Island orders that the death drums, formerly used to announce human sacrifice, will now call everyone to the worship of God.

April 30, 1854

Death at Mount Sheffield, of James Montgomery, author of the Christmas carol “Angels from the Realms of Glory.”

April 30, 1867

Death of Ignatius Bryanchaninov, who had been a bishop and theologian of the Russian Orthodox Church and the writer of many books on prayer and spiritual life, intended primarly for monks.

April 30, 1882

Nlemvo (Mantantu Dundulu) converts to Christianity, the first Protestant convert in the Congo. He will collaborate in translating the New Testament, Proverbs, and Psalms into the Kikongo language, with other Christian literature.

April 30, 1947

The Scriptures Visualized Institute moves two days before its old lease expires. Almost miraculously, its new building had been completed in time, despite steel shortages. It is one of the earliest gospel film companies that will make a lasting impact in the field.



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