Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, May 18

526
Death of Pope St. John I, having been imprisoned in Ravenna, Italy, by Theodoric, an Arian, for not pressing the case of the Arians with the eastern emperor in Constantinople.
1291
Acre, the last territory in Palestine taken by the first Crusaders, fell to invading Moslem armies. It signalled the end of a Christian "military presence" in the Near East. (Afterwards, friars sought to spread the gospel by preaching instead.)
1631
The General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony decreed that 'no man shall be admitted to the body politic but such as are members of some of the churches within the limits' of the colony. (Separation of church and state was an unthinkable concept in early American colonialism.)
1675
Death on Michigan's west coast of Jacques Marquette, Jesuit missionary to Michigan and midwestern North America.
1808
Death in Pennsylvania of Jacob Albright who had founded the “Dutch Methodists” of Pennsylvania, later known as the Evangelical Association.
1847
Death of Orthodox monk Macarius Glukharyov who had founded a successful mission among the Altai people of Siberia. Unlike most traditional Orthodox missions, he had recruited female missionaries. The Russian Orthodox Church will eventually declare him a saint.
1864
Death of Cesar Malan, near Geneva. He had been a Swiss Reformed pastor, evangelist, and author of more than one thousand hymns.
1896
Missionary nurse Amy Wilkes and missionary Samuel Zwemer are wed at the British Consulate in Baghdad. The Church Missionary Society, which had paid Amy's passage to the field, will require them to reimburse the cost of her journey because she had left their work. When Zwemer raises the funds it will be said he purchased his bride in true Arab fashion.
1920
Funeral in Hong Kong for the Catholic priest Leong Chi Hing, long active in the care of China's Christian community as well as its missionary and linguistic work.
1925
Popular evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, 34, disappeared while on a beach outing. Turning up five weeks later, she claimed to have been kidnapped and held prisoner, before escaping from her abductors.

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