Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, June 19

(traditional) Death at Fabriano, Italy, of Romuald. Shocked at seeing his father kill a man in a duel, he became an abbot and went on to found several monasteries in Italy and eventually also the very strict Order of Camaldoli. He was so strict that his monks rebelled against him and smeared him with lies, but his own father followed his example and become a monk, too.
Girolamo Savonarola publishes a letter against his recent excommunication, saying it was fraudulently obtained and arguing that the judgment against him is null and void.
Richard Fitz and several other separatists are arrested in Plumber's Hall, London, holding a meeting under guise of a wedding. This will be regarded as a red-letter day in the formation of the Congregationalist movement.
Jean de Brebeuf, French Jesuit priest and missionary, arrives in Quebec, Canada. He will be martyred while ministering to Indians.
David Brainerd commences his influential journal when he begins to preach to the Indians at Crossweeksung (in New Jersey).
In Massachusetts, a local council meets and recommends that the connection between Jonathan Edwards and Northhampton church be dissolved. Edwards will be dismissed three days later and will preach his farewell sermon on 1 July.
Death in Haddington of John Brown, a Scottish pastor, author of the Self-Interpreting Bible - a Bible with many marginal notes and comparison of one Scripture to another. He had been a pastor who instructed his flock with a fervor that demonstrated he believed what he taught, and he had generously shared his small income.
Paul VI canonized John Nepomucene Neumann, the first American-born male saint. As fourth Bishop of the Philadelphia Diocese, Neumann is remembered for developing the parochial school system.
The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring public schools to teach creationism if they taught evolutionism. The court ruled that the state law violated the First Amendment.
The Ecuadorian Christian and Missionary Alliance celebrates with U.S. and Canadian missionaries in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Pastor David Muthre, president of the national church, gives thanks that one hundred and twelve years earlier, George Fisher, J. A. Strain, and F. W. Farnol undertook the evangelization of Ecuador, followed by other Alliance missionaries, including Homer Criswell, who, in 1922, built the first evangelical church in Quito despite fierce opposition.

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