Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, September 19

1630
George Herbert is ordained as a Church of England priest. Three years later, he will be dead of tuberculosis but on his sickbed will have written timeless religious poems.
1853
James Hudson Taylor sets sail from England for China where he will found the China Inland Mission, a faith ministry.
1854
Death of George Arthur, penal reformer, in Tasmania.
1874
Attending a prayer meeting in Dunedin, New Zealand, Florence Young is terrified at the thought of Christ's Second Coming until suddenly she realizes that the promise of Isaiah 43:25 applies to her: “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake.” Thereafter she is able to serve the Lord with gladness, and eventually will be instrumental in founding and operating the South Sea Evangelical Mission.
1918
Cheka Communists execute Vyrubova and Kalerina, Orthodox nuns at St. John the Theologian in Cherdyn, Perm province. The charge is "counter-revolutionary agitation."
1938
The Carpatho-Russian Diocese of the Eastern Rite of the U.S.A. was canonized as a diocese of the Greek Orthodox Church. Father Orestes Chornock, Orthodox bishop of Agathonikia, was made Metropolitan of the new diocese.
1943
The first Baptist church was organized in Anchorage. (Prior to this date, there had been no Baptist church in Anchorage, and only one Baptist church in all the rest of the state of Alaska.)
1948
American missionary and martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Father, make of me a "crisis man." Make of me a fork, so that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.'
1971
Death of William F. Albright, American Methodist archaeologist who had excavated the biblical sites of Gibeah, Bethel, and Petra and did much to substantiate the accuracy of the Bible.
1993
Death of Abba Gebre Michael, an Ethiopian Catholic, who had translated several prayer books into the Amharic language.

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