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May 2 in Christian History

May 02, 2009 01:15 PM EDT

1507 - Two years after entering the Augustinian monastery at Erfurt, future German reformer Martin Luther, 23, was consecrated a priest. (Luther remained in the order until 1521, when he was excommunicated from the Catholic Church.)


1872 - A lectureship was established at Yale Divinity School in memory of American clergyman Lyman Beecher (1775-1863). The lectures were to cover topics on preaching and the work of the Christian ministry.


1922 - Birth of missions pioneer Bob Finley. In 1953 he chartered the Christian Aid Mission in Washington, D.C. Today, this evangelical group works in over 40 countries, and is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia.


1949 - American missionary and martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'The man who will not act until he knows all will never act at all.'


1956 - The General Conference of the Methodist Church, held in Minneapolis, demanded abolishment of racial segregation in all Methodist churches.


© 1987-2009, William D. Blake. Used by permission of the author, from

Almanac of the Christian Church