Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, February 27

280
Birth of Constantine the Great, the first Roman emperor to be converted (ca. 312) to the Christian faith.
1536
The First Helvetic Confession, also known as the Second Basel Confession, drafted by Heinrich Bullinger and Leo Jud, is adopted by Swiss reformers at Basel.
1710
Mennonite Melchior Zahler is betrayed, captured, and bound in Switzerland at the instigation of a Reformed churchman. His children and possessions are taken from him and he is brought to Berne where he is sentenced to be transported to America.
1792
Death in Cork, Ireland, of Samuel Neale, an internationally-known Quaker evangelist.
1823
Henry Williams reaches Sydney, Australia, enroute to New Zealand as a missionary. He will be largely responsible for the success of the Church Missionary Society in New Zealand, and serve as archdeacon of the Waimate region.
1849
William Jewell College was chartered in Liberty, Missouri, under Baptist sponsorship.
1937
Death in New England of Emily Malbone Morgan, who had founded the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. The Episcopal Church will commemorate her as a prophetic witness.
1938
English Bible expositor Arthur W. Pink wrote in a letter: 'Slackness and carelessness are inexcusable in a child of God. He should ever present a model and example of conscientiousness, painstaking care, and exactness.'
1996
A mob of ten thousand Muslims attacks Coptic Christian homes in Egypt's Nile Delta.
2003
Death from a heart attack of Tilahun Haile, an Ethiopian pastor and evangelist for the Kale Heywet Church, who had preached and taught in the local Amharic lanaguage.

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