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June 7 in Christian History

Jun 07, 2009 04:06 AM EDT

1099 - The armies of the First Crusade (1096-99) reached the walls of Jerusalem.


1891 - English Baptist clergyman Charles H. Spurgeon preached the last sermon of his 38-year-long ministry at London's Metropolitan Tabernacle. He died the following January.


1913 - Ohio-born Methodist evangelist George Bennard introduced his new hymn, 'The Old Rugged Cross,' during a revival he was conducting at Pokagon, Michigan.


1934 - Wycliffe Bible Translators held its first study course in linguistics at Sulphur Springs, Arkansas. The training session lasted 3 months.


1959 - English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a 'wandering to find home,' why should we not look forward to the arrival?'


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

Almanac of the Christian Church