May 14: Today in Christian History

May 14: Today in Christian History

May 14, 1610

Assassination at Paris of Henry IV of France, formerly a Huguenot, who had converted to Catholicism to become king.

May 14, 1692

Sir William Phipps arrives in Massachusetts with a new charter that ends theocratic rule in the British colony.

May 14, 1759

In Everton, England, Anglican evangelical John Berridge preaches outdoors for the first time. His message is one of salvation by grace alone: “Cease from thine own works.”

May 14, 1820

A church is dedicated at New Eden, Jamaica, the fruit of Moravian mission work on the Island. Designed to hold 500 worshipers, the church soon proves too small as 900 wish to enter it. 

May 14, 1826

Baptism of Nathanael Tajkhan, formerly a Muslim, then a Hindu, until he heard the word of God. He became a zealous convert, preaching wherever he had opportunity, although renounced by his village. He won his wife and some others to Christ before his untimely death.

May 14, 1846

During the construction of a new cathedral at Zadonsk, remains of Tikhon, the Russian Orthodox bishop of Veronezh, are uncovered incorrupt. Many miracles will be reported occurring near them and he will be named a saint. He had written spiritual works stressing love and forgiveness.

May 14, 1858

Death in South Windsor, Connecticut, of Bennet Tyler, a Congregational theologian who had served as president of Dartmouth College and was a founder of the Theological Institute of Connecticut (now Hartford Seminary). While he was president of Dartmouth, the college admitted its first African-American student.

May 14, 1901

Althea Brown, an African-American Christian, is commissioned to go to Africa as a missionary. She will die there of malaria and sleeping sickness after compiling a dictionary and grammar of the Bushoong tribal language.

May 14, 1941

Christian missionary/educator Minnie Vautrin gasses herself to death in Indianapolis, unable to cope with memories of wartime experiences in which she protected thousands of Chinese women from rape by Japanese invaders.

May 14, 1948

Defying the advice of his State and War Departments, President Harry Truman issues a de facto recognition of the State of Israel within hours of its declaration of independence.

May 14, 1995

Fr Oleg Steniaev and Bishop Arseney Epifanov of Istrinsk (vicar of Patriarch Alexis II), burn books of Leo Tolstoy, Nikolai Rerikh, Vladimir Soloviev, Sergei Bulgakov, Paul Florensky, and others in a church yard. The authors had written works that were considered either heretical or liberal.

May 14 (Unknown Year)

On this day, Pastor Darasimi Gloria-Oyor (Nee Mike Bamiloye) was born. You can read her full biography here.



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