Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, June 17

362
Emperor Julian "the Apostate" orders that all professors and schoolmasters must obtain a license before teaching - thus excluding Christians from educating youth.
1703
Birth of John Wesley, English founder of Methodism. The systematic disciplines of the 'Holy Club,' which John and his brother Charles founded, elicited the nickname 'Methodies' from their critics.
1714
Performance of Bach's first sacred cantata "Ich hatte viel Bek
1789
In Norwalk, after singing and praying, Jesse Lee preaches his first sermon in Connecticut (out of doors because no one will let him borrow a house or barn), taking as his theme, "You must be born again." He will establish Methodist churches throughout New England.
1791
Death of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, a lifelong supporter of revival leaders and Methodists. Hours before her death of a ruptured blood vessel, she had whispered, "I shall go to my father tonight."
1822
In New York City, the first elders of the newly founded African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church were ordained.
1855
James Theodore Augustus Holly, an African-American, is ordained as a deacon at St. Matthew's Church, Detroit. Nineteen years later, he will become the first African-American missionary-bishop of the Episcopal Church (for Haiti).
1922
Evangelist Paul Rader in Chicago makes the first of many radio broadcasts to generate publicity for his evangelistic meetings.
1956
Founding of the Thomas Road Baptist Church by Jerry Falwell and his associates.
1981
Muslims in al-Zawya Alhamra, a Coptic district of Cairo, attempt to seize a Coptic businessman's land to build a mosque. Armed with machine guns, knives, crowbars, and other weapons they attack Christians and their property over a two day period, destroying one hundred and fifty homes and shops and murdering more than a hundred Christians, several by burning them alive. Afterward, foreign correspondents will be barred from photographing the carnage or interviewing the relatives of the victims or eyewitnesses.

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