Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, June 24

1519
Birth of Theodore Beza, French-born Swiss theological reformer. Beza became the acknowledged leader of the Swiss Calvinists, following John Calvin's death in 1564.
1527
King Gustavus of Sweden assembled the Diet of Wester's, for the purpose of carrying through the Protestant Reformation in Sweden.
1697
Two young Lutheran pastors, Andreas Rudman and Erik Bjork, arrive in Maryland to the astonishment of local Swedes and Finns who had no idea they were coming.
1797
Death of Henry Venn, the elder, an evangelical pastor and author of considerable influence in eighteenth-century England, father of John Venn (a leader in the Clapham Sect that did so much to ameliorate social conditions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), and grandfather of the notable mission leader Henry Venn, the younger.
1803
Birth of George J. Webb, American church organist. He compiled several collections of sacred music during his lifetime, and also composed the melody to the hymn, 'Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.'
1817
Execution of Chinese convert and Catholic priest Joseph Yuan Zaide in China's Sichuan Province.
1900
An imperial decree orders the killing of foreigners throughout China. The uprising is not primarily anti-Christian, but missionaries and Chinese converts will be the chief sufferers.
1938
Death of James C. Sheafe, a learned African-American pastor, who brought African Americans into the Seventh-day Adventist movement, but also founded independent seventh-day movements because of disagreement with the racial teachings of the main movement. "That man could preach, and pray, and sing like nobody you have ever heard," remarked another Adventist preacher who had heard most of the early Adventists.
1941
The two-day Constitutional Assembly of the Nippon Kirisuto Kyodan opened, during which was formed the United Church of Christ in Japan.
1968
In the tenth year of the Coptic pope Kyrillos VI, relics of St. Mark, stolen by Venetians eleven centuries earlier, are returned to Cairo, Egypt.

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