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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, January 23

1579
The Union of Utrecht joins several Dutch states against oppressive Spain.
1589
The Moscow Patriarchate is created, making the Russian Church autocephalous, that is, subject to no higher bishop. However, there are some details regarding precedence and signatures that will not be ironed out for about four years. In practice, the Russian church had been independent for one hundred and forty years before the Orthodox Church of Constantinople formally recognizes the de facto situation.
1656
Blaise Pascal publishes his first Provinical Letter, weighing in on the French controvery between Jansenists and Roman Catholics.
1755
Under the influence of the Methodist movement, English clergyman John Fletcher, 26, was converted to a living faith. He remained in the Anglican church but afterward became a chief defender of evangelical Arminianism.
1893
Death in Boston, Massachusetts, of clergyman and educator Phillips Brooks, opponent of slavery and author of "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
1935
British biblical expositor Arthur W. Pink wrote in a letter: 'Growth in grace is like the growth of a cow's tail - the more it truly grows, the closer to the ground it is brought.'
1943
The New Tribes Mission was incorporated in Los Angeles by founder Paul W. Fleming. NTM works today primarily in missionary aviation, Bible translation, church planting and the production and distribution of Christian literature.
1945
Nazis execute Helmuth James von Moltke, having said "the only trouble with you is you are a Christian."
1984
Funeral of Spetume Florence Njangali, a priest in Uganda's Anglican Church. A hard-working woman of great ability, she had struggled long to obtain priestly ordination for women.
1999
Hindu extremists burn to death Australian missionary Graham Staine and his two sons in their jeep, forcing them back into the burning vehicle when they try to escape the flames.

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