Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, October 14

1566
Repose (death) of Ignatius of Methymna, a Metropolitan of the Greek Church, and founder of the monasteries of Panagia Myrtidiotissa and Leimonos.
1656
Massachusetts enacts a law prohibiting "Quakerism." The laws decree fines and mutilations for various offenses.
1703
Death of Thomas H. Kingo, Danish hymnwriter.
1776
Baptism of Benjamin Randall as an adult, having switched to Baptist views while in the Continental Army.
1835
Birth of William G. Fischer, American sacred chorister. Three of his compositions later became hymn tunes: FISCHER ("Whiter Than Snow"), HANKEY ("I Love to Tell the Story") and ROCK OF REFUGE ("The Rock That is Higher Than I").
1876
Birth of Harry A. Ironside, American clergyman. Converted at 14, he preached for the Salvation Army, later for the Plymouth Brethren. From 1930-1948, he pastored at the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago.
1886
The Presbyterian Synod of Michigan adopts a resolution that leads to the founding of Alma College, principally to educate ministerial students for the Presbyterian Church.
1921
Ambrosius is elected Patriarch of All Georgia. As leader of his nation's Orthodox Church, he was noted for his resistance to Soviet tyranny. At the conclusion of his 1924 show trial, his words were "My soul belongs to God, my heart to my country; you, my executioners, do what you will with my body." He was also historian of the Georgian Church.
1957
Death of Edward Thomas Demby, who had been the second African-American bishop of the Episcopal Church, a suffragen (assistant) bishop.
1983
The National Council of Churches issued "The Inclusive Language Lectionary -- " Scripture readings translated to omit or blur gender references. God was thus called "Father and Mother" or "the One"; and "man" was replaced by "humanity" or "humankind." The translation proved shortlived.

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