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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, June 20

404
Archbishop John Chrysostom leaves Constantinople under arrest, never to return.
1530
The first Diet at Augsburg gathers. The Augsburg Confession will be presented on the 25th.
1542
Although not a bishop himself, Martin Luther consecrates Nicolaus von Amsdorf as bishop for Naumburg. Elector John Frederick had ousted the regularly elected Roman Catholic bishop, Julius von Pflug.
1734
The Schwenkfelders leave Rotterdam on what will prove to be a hard voyage to America.
1776
Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'A Christian is not of hasty growth...but rather like the oak, the progress of which is hardly perceptible, but in time becomes a deep-rooted tree.'
1880
Death of Samuel R. Brown, missionary-educator to China and Bible translator in Japan.
1885
Five Moravian missionaries arrive at the location in Alaska where they will found Bethel mission. The Moravian leader, Rev. Henry Kilbuck will learn the Yup'ik language of the local Eskimos.
1898
America's Presbyterian General Assembly opens dialogue with Baptists and Methodists for organizing Protestant mission work in the Philippines, which have recently been ceded to the United States following the Spanish-American War.
1926
Minnie Kennedy, mother of Aimee Semple McPherson, tries to end speculation about the evangelist's sudden disapperance by holding a memorial service for her at Angelus Temple. Three days later McPherson reappears with a tale of having been kidnapped.
1992
Militant Muslims gun down two Christian businessmen at Dairut, Assiut, and spray responding police officers with machine gun fire, killing two.

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