Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, April 9

1558
William Nichol, of Haverfordwest, Wales, is burned at the stake for declaring that Catholics are worshipers of Antichrist.
1727
Death in Trondheim, Norway, of Thomas von Westen, apostle and educator to Norwegian Lapps.
1816
The African Methodist Episcopal Church was organized at a general convention in Philadelphia. The following day, Richard Allen, 56, was elected the new denomination's first bishop.
1828
Pioneer U.S. Baptist missionary George Dana Boardman, 27, first arrived in Tavoy, Burma, where he afterward established an extensive educational work among the Karen people.
1857
Author and hymnwriter Marianne Farningham (Mary Anne Hearne) of Farningham, England, contributes some poetry to the first issue of the newspaper The Christian World and will continue as a regular and beloved contributor for over fifty years.
1906
Edward Lee asks Pentecostal evangelist William Seymour to pray for him that he will be given the gift of tongues. When Seymour prays, Lee does speak in tongues, one of the events initiating the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles.
1930
Soviet authorities convict the Orthodox priest Innocent Semyonovich Popov of conducting "intensified agitation for the preservation of the church," and organizing illegal meetings in his flat, eliciting "massive disturbance amidst the population." Originally sentenced to death, his sentence was commuted to five years in prison.
1933
Death in Jos, Nigeria, of Johanna Veenstra, who had served the Christian Reformed Church as a missionary.
1934
Louisa Lee becomes the first missionary assigned by the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions. After twenty years of service in India with the Presbyterian Church in the USA, she has recently broken with it because she feels that its adoption of modernist ideas undercuts basic Bible doctrines. She will continue to serve in India until her death in 1972.
1944
Pius XII issued the encyclical "Orientalis ecclesiae decus," which sought to foster closer relations between Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Uniat churches.

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