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Today in Christian History
First recorded instance of Jesus' nativity celebrated as a feast on December 25, appears in the Calendar of Filocalus (or Philocalus).
Two years before his martyrdom, Bohemian reformer and martyr Jan Huss wrote in a letter: 'Rejoice, that the immortal God is born, so that mortal men may live through eternity.'
German reformer Martin Luther was recorded as saying: 'It is the most ungodly and dangerous business to abandon the certain and revealed will of God in order to search in to the hidden mysteries of God.'
The Dunkards (Baptists from Germany) held their first immersion service in America at Germantown (near Philadelphia), Pennsylvania.
Death in Alexandria, Virginia, of Baptist hymn writer Mary Ann Collier, author of the hymn "The Sun That Lights Yon Broad Blue Sky."
The first continental council of the Latin American Roman Catholic Church is convened. It issues 998 canons. Among its objects is a desire to check anti-Christian influences. Thirteen archbishops and forty-one bishops are present at this meeting in Rome.
Death in Athens of Apostolos Makrakis, who had often been embroiled with the Greek Orthodox Church but was popular with middle class Christians. He had considered himself chosen to liberate Byzantium from the Turks and to renovate the church. Not only had he preached controversial sermons on Christ throughout Greece, but he condemned Freemasonry, materialism, and the buying and selling of church positions. Local councils twice condemned him to prison.
Japanese evangelist Toyohiko Kagawa crosses the Higurashi Bridge to serve in the slums of Shinkawa. His most quoted saying is, "Theology is but an appendix to love, and an unreliable appendix!"
In Washington, D.C., during Calvin Coolidge's first Christmas as president, the first electrically-lit Christmas tree appeared in the White House.
Islamic terrorists bomb Nigerian churches in Madalla, Jos, Kano, Damaturu, and Gadaka, killing dozens of Christians during Christmas services.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"