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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, April 13

799
Death of Paulus Diaconis. This monk had been called to Charlemagne's court where he compiled a book of homilies from the church fathers which received wide circulation throughout the empire. He also prepared an accurate history of the Lombards and numerous other historical and religious works.
1598
France's King Henry IV promulgates the edict of Nantes, granting his Protestant Huguenot subjects a large measure of religious freedom.
1663
Death in Constantinople of Meletius Syrigos, one of the most learned Orthodox preachers and theologians of his day, but combative.
1824
Death in England of Christian poet Jane Taylor, just forty years old. One of her best known hymns has the words "Ye tempting sweets, forbear, Ye dearest idols, fall, My heart ye can not share, For Jesus must have all." She also wrote the nursery rhyme "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
1853
Loyola College in Baltimore was chartered under Roman Catholic auspices.
1871
At 10 p.m. emissaries of the Paris Commune enter the city's deaconess house, revolvers in hand, demanding that deaconesses state if any of them have been abused by the sisters in charge. None of the girls speaks badly of the sisters although held captive until 3 a.m.
1881
Ordination in Cincinnati of J. Wilbur Chapman, who will become a leading Presbyterian evangelist, working in tandem with music vocalist Charles Alexander.
1939
Delegates from independent Baptist churches in Shafter, Oildale, Lamont and Taft organized the first association of Southern Baptists in California.
1948
At the Antioch Baptist Church of Portland, representatives of 15 local congregations organized the Baptist General Convention of Oregon-Washington, the first organization of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.
2014
Death of Mahay Choramo of the Wolaitta Kale Heywat Church of Ethiopia. He had evangelized widely in the Omo region and suffered many imprisonments and beatings for preaching the gospel - sometimes at the hands of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. He had even gone naked when one culture demanded it but gradually taught the people to wear clothes.

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