398 John Chrysostom (ca. 347–ca.
407) became bishop of Constantinople. He was known for his
eloquence in preaching and public speaking, his denunciation
of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political
leaders, his divine liturgy and his ascetic
sensibilities. C. F. W. Walther, however, wrote that he was
“poor at distinguishing Law and Gospel and constantly and
dangerously mingled them” (Law and Gospel, p. 37).
1003 Adelheid of Willich (ca. 970–1015)
was appointed abbess of Saint Maria in Capitolis in Cologne
by Emperor Henry II.
1401 William Sawtrey (d. March 1401), an
English priest who followed the teachings of John Wycliffe,
was condemned for heresy.
David Chytraeus, a leading Lutheran theologian and one
of the authors of the Formula of Concord, was born at
Ingelfingen, Württemberg (d. 25 June 1600).
Johann Friedrich Karl Keil, German Lutheran Bible
scholar, was born (d. 5 May 1888).
1835 An edict was issued by
(ca. 1782–1861), Queen of
Madagascar, forbidding the newly established Christian
faith. The church in
had been planted by Welsh missionary David Jones, who had
returned home because of failing health in 1831 after
spending thirteen years in the field.
George C. Stebbins, American Baptist music evangelist
and composer, was born in East Carlton, Orleans County, New
York (d. 6 October 1945).
1852 Thomas Moore, hymnist, died (b. 28 May
1779, Dublin, Ireland).
1857 Henry Philip Ludwig Birkner,
vice-president of the Atlantic District of the Missouri
Synod, 1915 to 1918, and president of the district from 1918
to 1930. was born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 7 November 1932,
1857 American Congregational clergyman
Charles Monroe Sheldon, author of more than fifty books
and editor of the Christian Herald, was born in
Wellsville, New York (d. 24 February 1946). His most famous
work, In His Steps
(1896), has sold more than 23 millions copies and spawned
the recent “What Would Jesus Do?”
1873 Protestant Christianity was
introduced in Japan.
1899 Martin C. Barthel, first manager of
Concordia Publishing House, died (b. 12 February 1838).
Samuel R. Driver (b. 2 October 1846), English Old
Testament scholar, died.
1933 Heinrich Zacharias Stallmann, president of
the Lutheran Free Church in Germany, died (b. 15 August
1847, Bremen, Germany).
1963 The Lutheran World Federation radio
station opened at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1978 Alumni Hall at Concordia College
(Edmonton, Alberta) was destroyed by fire. The hall, built
in 1953, was a combined gymnasium-auditorium. In addition to
the building, the offices of eight professors, a photography
shop, the print shop, a typing classroom, all of the
college's athletic and dramatic equipment and much of its
audiovisual equipment were destroyed.
1997 Alfred O. Fuerbringer, president of
Concordia Teachers College (Seward, Nebraska) and Concordia
Seminary (Saint Louis), died (b. 11 August 1903, Saint
Louis). The son of Ludwig Fuerbringer, professor and
president at the Saint Louis seminary, he was educated at
Concordia College (Fort Wayne, Indiana) and Concordia
Seminary. He served as pastor at Norman and Okmulgee,
Oklahoma, and Leavenworth, Kansas. He was president of the
Seward college from 1941 to 1953 and of the seminary from
1953 to 1969. He was later associated with Concordia
Seminary in Exile/Christ Seminary—Seminex
from 1974 to 1983. On four occasions after 1948 he was sent
to Europe to work toward improvement in theological
education and world missions. In 1957–1958
he was sent to Asia to study seminaries there. He also
visited seminaries in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. He
played a part in the organization of the Foundation for
Reformation Research, serving as its first president (1957–1964)
and as executive director (1965–1966).
He was president of the National Lutheran Education
Conference in 1964.