Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, March 27

853
Death of Haymo, a Saxon monk and scholar, and founder of the library of Halberstadt.
1536
Swiss Protestants in Strassbourg and Constance signed the First Helvetic Confession. It became the first major document setting forth the common faith of the Swiss Protestant churches.
1683
King Christian V of Denmark commissions pastor and poet Thomas Kingo to prepare a new hymnal for use in Danish churches.
1716
Death of George Keith, an Anglican rector. As a young man, Keith had joined the Quakers but later withdrew from them, believing their doctrine had drifted from truth, and became instead an Anglican priest. He had served as a missionary to American Quakers before becoming a rector in Sussex, England.
1889
Death in Britain of John Bright, an English Quaker parliamentarian, famous for his speeches and advocacy of reforms.
1930
Bolsheviks shoot Basil Feofanovich Infantyev, a priest of the Bratskaya Church, for "anti-Soviet activity" because he had opposed communist renovations in the teaching and practice of the Russian Orthodox Church. They will harrass his widow after his execution.
1946
Members of Baptist congregations in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks met at Anchorage to form the Alaska Southern Baptist Convention.
1962
In Louisiana, Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel ordered all Roman Catholic schools in the New Orleans diocese to end segregation.
1991
Missionary Lynda Bethea is beaten to death by robbers in Kenya when she and her husband stop to help a "wounded" African lying in the road.
1993
Security officers in Shaanxi Province, China, descend on a house church and beat the leaders. They then force the lay Christians to beat the leaders, too. They beat and expose some of the church's women, hang some Christians from beams and beat them again, before forcing Lai Manping and several other badly-beaten Christians to crawl eighteen miles to a police station. Fearing than Lai will die in custody, they order him to leave. He is found dead on a roadside, having tried to crawl home.

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