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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, September 4

1645
The first Lutheran church building erected in America was dedicated at Easton (near Bethlehem), Pennsylvania.
1646
Johann Companius dedicates the first Lutheran church in America in the Swedish colonial settlement Christina, near present-day Wilmington, Delaware on Tinicum Island.
1741
Thomas Gillespie becomes the minister of Carnock in Fife. He becomes a strong advocate of allowing Presbyterian congregations to choose their own ministers, rather than having one appointed by the general assembly.
1771
Francis Asbury boards ship for America, where he will so organize and extend the Methodist church that by his death it will have grown from being one of America's smallest denominations to being its largest.
1773
Some of the priests of the Canonical Chapter of Castellena protest having to do homage and pay tithe to a woman "bishop" (abbess) in Naples.
1813
"The Religious Remembrancer" (later renamed "The Christian Observer") was first published in Philadelphia. It was the first weekly religious newspaper in the U.S., and in the world.
1844
Death of Oliver Holden, composer and American Puritan clergyman, in Boston, Massachusetts. He had written CORONATION, the tune to which we sing the hymn "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name."
1911
Sergius Petrovich Ilmensky, an Orthodox priest, becomes editor of The Saratov Theological Herald. His increasing prominence will cause him to be made bishop of Solikamsk six years later (taking the name Theophanes) but the Communists will drown him on Christmas Eve 1918 while he is administering the diocese of Perm by their command.
1973
The Assemblies of God opened its first theological graduate school in Springfield, MO, making it the second Pentecostal denomination to establish its own school of theology. (The first such school was opened by Oral Roberts in Tulsa.)
1977
Trans World Radio begins broadcasting from its newest station, a 100,000-watt shortwave transmitter in Guam.

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© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"