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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, September 26

1492
Repose (death) of Abbot Ephraim who had founded the monastery known as Perekop and a church in honor of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker near Novgorod.
1774
Birth of pioneer environmentalist Jonathan Chapman (Johnny Appleseed). Distributing apple seeds and religious tracts from the Alleghenies to the Ohio Valley, Chapman's theology was strongly reminiscent of Swedenborgianism, which taught an empathy with the natural world.
1814
With over 1,000 delegates from 17 churches, the Flint River Association was established -- the first official Baptist organization of its kind in the history of Alabama.
1835
The Suwanee Association was formed, in Florida. Comprised of eight member churches, it was the first official Baptist organization in Florida history.
1861
A fast day is observed in the northern United States by order of President Abraham Lincoln.
1862
Ecuador, newly liberated from Spanish rule, enters into a concordat with the Roman Catholic Church which guarantees that Roman Catholicism will be the only religion of the Republic of Ecuador.
1897
The idea for the Christian flag emerges when a speaker fails to show up for a rally at Brighton Chapel on Coney Island. Sunday school superintendent Charles C. Overton thinks quickly and turns an American flag into an object lesson. A Christian flag, he says, should have white for purity, innocence and peace. Its blue panel would symbolize faith, trust and sincerity. It would have a red cross, to remind us of our Savior's sacrifice.
1942
Death of Wilson Carlile, founder of the Church Army, with the goal of reaching the working classes. He had preached out of doors as well as serving as organist in one of Moody's evangelist tours of Gt. Britain.
1990
In Russia, the Supreme Soviet ended decades of religious repression with a new declaration, forbidding government interference in religious activities and giving citizens the right to study religion in homes and private schools.
2010
Officers of China's Public Security Bureau raid a house church led by Liao Zhongxiu in Sichuan Province, destroying property, seizing Christian books, and detaining Christians. Liao herself is jailed the following year.

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