Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, June 19

1027
(traditional) Death at Fabriano, Italy, of Romuald. Shocked at seeing his father kill a man in a duel, he became an abbot and went on to found several monasteries in Italy and eventually also the very strict Order of Camaldoli. He was so strict that his monks rebelled against him and smeared him with lies, but his own father followed his example and become a monk, too.
1497
Girolamo Savonarola publishes a letter against his recent excommunication, saying it was fraudulently obtained and arguing that the judgment against him is null and void.
1625
Jean de Brebeuf, French Jesuit priest and missionary, arrives in Quebec, Canada. He will be martyred while ministering to Indians.
1692
The pastor of the Salem, Massachusetts, church suggests to his congregation that the New England Psalm book be used in those cases where Mr. Ainsworth's translation has tunes too difficult for the church people.
1750
In Massachusetts, a local council meets and recommends that the connection between Jonathan Edwards and Northhampton church be dissolved. Edwards will be dismissed three days later and will preach his farewell sermon on 1 July.
1787
Death in Haddington of John Brown, a Scottish pastor, author of the Self-Interpreting Bible - a Bible with many marginal notes and comparison of one Scripture to another. He had been a pastor who instructed his flock with a fervor that demonstrated he believed what he taught, and he had generously shared his small income.
1910
Father's Day, conceived by Mrs. John B. Dodd, is first observed in Spokane, Washington, at the proclamation of the mayor. It will later become a national holiday in the United States.
1977
Paul VI canonized John Nepomucene Neumann, the first American-born male saint. As fourth Bishop of the Philadelphia Diocese, Neumann is remembered for developing the parochial school system.
1987
The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring public schools to teach creationism if they taught evolutionism. The court ruled that the state law violated the First Amendment.
2009
The Ecuadorian Christian and Missionary Alliance celebrates with U.S. and Canadian missionaries in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Pastor David Muthre, president of the national church, gives thanks that one hundred and twelve years earlier, George Fisher, J. A. Strain, and F. W. Farnol undertook the evangelization of Ecuador, followed by other Alliance missionaries, including Homer Criswell, who, in 1922, built the first evangelical church in Quito despite fierce opposition.

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