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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, June 27

1299
In his encyclical 'Scimus fili,' Pope Boniface VIII claimed that Scotland owed allegiance to the Catholic Church.
1739
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: 'Christ's servants have always been the world's fools.'
1760
English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'Every one, though born of God in an instant, yet undoubtedly grows by slow degrees.'
1786
Twenty-six-year-old James Upton is ordained as pastor of the Baptist Church in Greenwalk, London, which has only twelve members. Fourteen years later it will have grown to 290. Upton will also write hymns.
1844
Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormons, and his brother Hyrum were lynched by a mob in Carthage, Illinois, resulting in part from the community's moral outrage at Smith's recent authorization of polygamous Mormon marriages.
1870
Death of Cyrus Kingsbury a Presbyterian missionary to the Choctaw Indians. He had also raised money to free African-American slaves.
1895
Ordination of Onangwatgo [Cornelius Hill] as an Episcopal deacon. In 1903 this Oneida chief will be the first member of the Oneida nation ordained as a priest.
1899
Launch of the Strathcona, mission boat of Wilfred Grenfell for his Labrador work. The ship is named for a key donor and christened by Lady Curzon-Howe.
1933
Death of James Mountain, an English evangelist and writer of hymn tunes. His most famous pieces had been the tunes to which we sing "Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting" and "Like a River Glorious."
1978
The "Moscow Seven," Siberian believers, take refuge at the United States' embassy in Moscow.

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