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Today in Christian History
Death of Peter, Metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia. He had moved his see from Vladimir to Moscow the year before. Later he will be proclaimed a patron saint of Moscow.
The First General Assembly of the Church of Scotland meets in Edinburgh. Its purpose is, "To consult upon those things which are to forward God's glory and the well-being of His Kirk."
A revival broke out among the Shakers of New Lebanon, Indiana, soon igniting a religious fervor among other denominations, especially in Kentucky and other colonial frontier regions.
Death at Newport, Rhode Island, of theologian Samuel Hopkins who had modified Calvinism. He had also been one of the first clergymen in America to free his slaves and denounce the system of slavery.
Baldwin Institute was chartered in Berea, Ohio, by the Methodists. Changing its name in 1854 to Baldwin University, the college merged in 1914 with German Wallace College and adopted its present name: Baldwin Wallace University.
William Walsham Howe is ordained a deacon in the Church of England. He will go on to become a notable bishop and hymn writer.
As Ahmed Fahmi, a recent convert from Islam to Christianity, leaves the Presbyterian mission compound in Cairo, Egypt, where he has been teaching Arabic to missionaries, he is kidnapped by his family. He will be held for five weeks. Afterward he studies in Scotland and becomes a missionary to China.
Death of Father John of Kronstadt (John Sergiev), a Russian Orthodox priest greatly beloved for his charity and wisdom. "The enemy of our salvation especially strives to draw our heart and mind away from God when we are about to serve Him, and endeavours to adulterously attach our heart to something irrelevant."
Death in New York City of Sarah "Adelaide" Addison Pollard, an evangelistic worker and missionary to Africa, noted for her hymn "Have Thine Own Way Lord," written when her missionary plans were stymied. She dies of a ruptured appendix.
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth wrote in a letter: 'What God chooses for us children of men is always the best.'
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"