Today in Christian History
Leonor de Cisneros walks to the stake in Valladolid, Spain, having overcome tortures and threats aimed at forcing her to deny her "Lutheran" (Reformation) beliefs.
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.
A fast day is observed in the northern United States by order of President Abraham Lincoln.
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.
Death of Frederick William Faber, English clergyman and hymwriter, who had come under the influence of the Oxford Movement, resigned from the Church of England and entered the Roman Catholic Church. He founded a religious community in Birmingham and wrote one hundred and fifty hymns, including "Faith of Our Fathers" and "There's a Wideness in God's Mercy."
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.
Yesaya Zerenji Mwasi secedes from Livingstonia mission in Malawi after publicly reading his personal statement, "My Essential and Paramount Reasons for Working Independently." He will form an independent church in Tongaland. His principles for indigenous work will be adopted by other Malawi Christian groups.
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.
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.
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.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"