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Today in Christian History

Saturday, June 24

Nero begins the first imperial persecution of Christians. Authority for the date: Snyder, Louis L. et al. Panorama of the Past I. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1966.
Birth of Theodore Beza, French-born Swiss theological reformer. Beza became the acknowledged leader of the Swiss Calvinists, following John Calvin's death in 1564.
King Gustavus of Sweden assembled the Diet of Wester's, for the purpose of carrying through the Protestant Reformation in Sweden.
Death at St Asaph on Midsummer Day of Bishop Isaac Barrow (uncle of the better-known Isaac Barrow whose name will be associated with Sir Isaac Newton). He was notable for his charities, which included establishing a home for impoverished widows, providing for the education of young ministers, and for endowing the fund that financed King William’s College. Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography
The Wissahickon Hermits (Pietists) land in Philadelphia. Authority for the date: Christian History 10 (1986).
Two young Lutheran pastors, Andreas Rudman and Erik Bjork, arrive in Maryland to the astonishment of local Swedes and Finns who had no idea they were coming. Authority for the date: Louhi, E. A. The Delaware Finns. New York: Humanity Press, 1925.
Death of Henry Venn, the elder, an evangelical pastor and author of considerable influence in eighteenth-century England, father of John Venn (a leader in the Clapham Sect that did so much to ameliorate social conditions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), and grandfather of the notable mission leader Henry Venn, the younger. Authority for the date: Ryle, J.C. Five Christian Leaders of the Eighteenth Century. London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1960.
Birth of George J. Webb, American church organist. He compiled several collections of sacred music during his lifetime, and also composed the melody to the hymn, 'Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.'
Execution of Chinese convert and Catholic priest Joseph Yuan Zaide in China’s Sichuan Province. Authority for the date: Paul Hattaway, China’s Christian Martyrs. p. 70
Nikolai, future missionary from Russia to Japan, becomes a monk. Authority for the date: Orthodox Wiki.
Consecration in New York of Samuel David Ferguson, the first African-American Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Authority for the date: African American Registry. http://www.aaregistry.org
An imperial decree orders the killing of foreigners throughout China. The uprising is not primarily anti-Christian, but missionaries and Chinese converts will be the chief sufferers. Authority for the date: Christian History 52 (1996).
Death of Orville J. Nave (born 1841), U.S. Armed Services chaplain and compiler of the popular 'Nave's Topical Bible.'
Death of James C. Sheafe, a learned African-American pastor, who brought African Americans into the Seventh-day Adventist movement, but also founded independent seventh-day movements because of disagreement with the racial teachings of the main movement. "That man could preach, and pray, and sing like nobody you have ever heard," remarked another Adventist preacher who had heard most of the early Adventists. Authority for the date: http://www.lcsheafe.net/timeline.html
The two-day Constitutional Assembly of the Nippon Kirisuto Kyodan opened, during which was formed the United Church of Christ in Japan.
In the tenth year of the Coptic pope Kyrillos VI, relics of St. Mark, stolen by Venetians eleven centuries earlier, are returned to Cairo, Egypt. Authority for the date: Pope Shenouda III. St. Mark.
Metropolitan Michael of Toledo and Metropolitan Philip of New York sign articles of reunification, forming the united Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Authority for the date: orthodoxwiki.org.
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