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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, July 4

431
A large crowd descends on a church in Constantinople chanting, "Many years to Pulcheria! Many years to the empress!" expressing support for the Christological line Pulcheria has pressed at the Council of Ephesus.
1187
Saladin defeats Christians in Palestine at the Battle of Hattin.
1533
John Frith (Fryth) is burned at the stake in Smithfield by King Henry VIII of England. A Protestant and fellow translator with William Tyndale, he had been accused of heresy.
1755
Death of John Cennick, English clergyman. Born of Quaker parents, he had been raised in the Anglican Church, worked within the Methodist movement under John Wesley, left Wesley to work with George Whitefield, and finally, in 1845, joined the Moravian Brethren. Cennick had published several collections of hymns during his lifetime.
1765
English poet and hymnwriter William Cowper observed in a letter: 'How naturally does affliction make us Christians!'
1831
Baptist clergyman Samuel Francis Smith penned the American patriotic hymn,'America' ('My Country, 'tis of Thee'). Smith was unaware that the tune, ironically, was also that of England's national anthem: 'God Save the Queen'!
1841
Death in Lexington, Missouri, of Finis Ewing, one of the founders of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
1948
Kathryn Kuhlman preaches her first sermon in Carnegie Hall. She will become a well-recognized evangelist and faith healer.
1970
American Presbyterian missionary Francis Schaeffer observed in a letter: 'If standards are raised which are not really scriptural,... it can only lead to sorrow. If we try to have a spirituality higher than the Bible sets forth, it will always turn out to belower.'
1986
The Baptist convention of Nicaragua issues an appeal against United States intervention in Nicaragua and against an embargo of their nation's Sandinista Communist regime.

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