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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, July 18

Death in Jerusalem of Godfrey of Bouillon, a crusader who became king of Jerusalem.
Birth of Heinrich Bullinger, Swiss reformer. He continued Zwingli's work afterhis death at Kappel (1531), and composed the Second Helvetic Confession in 1566.
Death of Georg Neumark, German educator, hymnwriter, and composer, in Thuringia. One of his best known hymns is, "If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee."
Death of Baptist leader Benjamin Keach. Years earlier, he had been fined and pilloried for a work entitled A Child's Instructor which rejected infant baptism.
Birth of Lemuel Haynes, colonial American Congregational clergyman. In 1785,Haynes, 32, was ordained to a church in Torrington, Connecticut, making him the firstAfrican-American to pastor a white church.
Death at Fulham of Thomas Sherlock, bishop of London, notable for defences of the Christian faith.
Catholics opposed to the dogma of papal infallibility adopt the name Old Catholics. Intellectually they are led by professor Johann Joseph Ignaz Von D
Wasyl Swystun and a group of thirty influential Orthodox laymen summon one hundred and fifty-four delegates to Saskatoon, Canada, where they discuss what they consider to be the unsatisfactory direction the church in the Ukraine and the Russian Orthodox mission in Canada are headed and vote to take steps that will lead to the creation of the Ukrainian Greek-Orthodox Church of Canada.
Azer Ata is ordained a priest in Egypt. He will become pope of the Coptic church in 1959, taking the name Kyrillos VI.
Death of Josiah Mutabuzi Isaya Kibira, a leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania and an advocate of ecumenism.

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