Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, June 27

1299
In his encyclical 'Scimus fili,' Pope Boniface VIII claimed that Scotland owed allegiance to the Catholic Church.
1638
Sultan Murad IV has Patriarch Cyril (Lucaris) of Constantinople strangled and his body thrown into the Bosporus. Cyril was the foremost Orthodox leader of the seventeenth century, although he caused controversy by adopting Calvinist ideas, later repudiated by an Orthodox synod. He had also served as Patriarch of Alexandria.
1760
English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'Every one, though born of God in an instant, yet undoubtedly grows by slow degrees.'
1786
Twenty-six-year-old James Upton is ordained as pastor of the Baptist Church in Greenwalk, London, which has only twelve members. Fourteen years later it will have grown to 290. Upton will also write hymns.
1870
Death of Cyrus Kingsbury a Presbyterian missionary to the Choctaw Indians. He had also raised money to free African-American slaves.
1895
Ordination of Onangwatgo [Cornelius Hill] as an Episcopal deacon. In 1903 this Oneida chief will be the first member of the Oneida nation ordained as a priest.
1899
Launch of the Strathcona, mission boat of Wilfred Grenfell for his Labrador work. The ship is named for a key donor and christened by Lady Curzon-Howe.
1933
Death of James Mountain, an English evangelist and writer of hymn tunes. His most famous pieces had been the tunes to which we sing "Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting" and "Like a River Glorious."
1944
Death of James Moffatt, who had made a new translation of the New Testament and taught church history.
1961
In England, Arthur Michael Ramsey was enthroned as the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury, the principal see of the Established Church of England.

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