Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, 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.
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.'
1837
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Chamberlain awaken eighteen-year-old Princess Victoria, a Christian, at five in the morning, to inform her she is now the Queen of England and Empress of its far-flung empire.
1880
Death of Samuel R. Brown, missionary-educator to China and Bible translator in Japan.
1907
Robert A. Torrey receives his DD from Wheaton. He will become a prominent evangelical leader and write the popular What the Bible Teaches.
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.
1966
Death of Georges Lema
1999
All the Christian communions who share control of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre agree to install a new exit door in the church. A century and a half earlier, dozens of Christian pilgrims had been trampled to death when fire broke out in the church.

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