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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, July 27

1099
Death of Pope Urban II, who had preached the first crusade.
1656
Eight Quakers from England arrive at Boston on the Speedwell and are immediately imprisoned by Puritan authorities. The Puritans look upon Quakerism with suspicion, regarding it as theologically apostate and politically subversive.
1741
Birth of Fran‡ois H. Barth‚l‚mon, French Swedenborgian composer. Two of his manyworks later became hymn tunes: AUTUMN (Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus) and BALERMA (Oh, fora Closer Walk with God).
1749
Death of John Sergeant, missionary to New England's Indians. Among his memorable actions had been enlisting David Brainerd as a fellow-missionary to the Indians.
1903
Death of Swedish hymnwriter Caroline (Lina) V. Sandell Berg. Her most popular hymn in the United States had been "Day by Day."
1913
William Wade Harris, a visionary black preacher, sets out to evangelize the French colony of Ivory Coast where he achieves notable success.
1914
Felix Manalo incorporates Iglesia ni Cristo in the Philippines. It is influenced by Seventh-day Adventist teachings.
1926
William Sangster is ordained in Wesley Chapel. He will become one of the most influential leaders of the British Methodists during the twentieth century and will constantly appeal to Methodists to return to their roots and seek deeper faith. He also will resist anti-Semitism.
1936
Death of Ding Shujing, the first woman to lead China's branch of the Young Women's Christian Association.
1945
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's parents learn of his execution by Nazis at Buchenwald concentration camp through a broadcast emanating from London.

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