Today in Christian History
Massachusetts enacts a law prohibiting "Quakerism." The laws decree fines and mutilations for various offenses.
Death of Thomas H. Kingo, Danish hymnwriter.
John and Charles Wesley sail for Georgia on the Simmonds. According to John's journal, their purpose is to save their souls and to live wholly to the glory of God. However, he soon discovers he is spiritually powerless.
Baptism of Benjamin Randall as an adult, having switched to Baptist views while in the Continental Army.
Birth of William G. Fischer, American sacred chorister. Three of his compositions later became hymn tunes: FISCHER ("Whiter Than Snow"), HANKEY ("I Love to Tell the Story") and ROCK OF REFUGE ("The Rock That is Higher Than I").
Birth of Harry A. Ironside, American clergyman. Converted at 14, he preached for the Salvation Army, later for the Plymouth Brethren. From 1930-1948, he pastored at the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago.
Razafindrasoa of Madagascar takes her vows as a nun. Her Protestant family had opposed the move, even with beatings, until the last moment. Sister Marie-Joseph (the name she takes) will work with children and as a family counselor.
Ambrosius is elected Patriarch of All Georgia. As leader of his nation's Orthodox Church, he was noted for his resistance to Soviet tyranny. At the conclusion of his 1924 show trial, his words were "My soul belongs to God, my heart to my country; you, my executioners, do what you will with my body." He was also historian of the Georgian Church.
Death of Edward Thomas Demby, who had been the second African-American bishop of the Episcopal Church, a suffragen (assistant) bishop.
The National Council of Churches issued "The Inclusive Language Lectionary -- " Scripture readings translated to omit or blur gender references. God was thus called "Father and Mother" or "the One"; and "man" was replaced by "humanity" or "humankind." The translation proved shortlived.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"