Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, October 27

312
Constantine has a Christian vision and will be victorius over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge outside Rome the next day.
625
Honorius I begins his reign as pope. His belief in Monothelitism (that Christ had only one will, not two), later condemned as heresy by the Roman Catholic Church, will figure in arguments over papal infallibility.
1553
Servetus is condemned by Geneva's magistrates to burn alive for rejecting the Trinity. Calvin, who had vowed to execute him if he ever fell into his power, attempts to have the method of execution changed to beheading.
1614
Christians in Japan face a deadline to hand over all mission material to authorities.
1659
Boston authorities hang two Quakers, Marmaduke Stephenson and William Robinson, for their faith. The day will later be observed as International Religious Freedom Day.
1771
Francis Asbury lands in Philadelphia and will soon lead American Methodists to become the largest denomination in the United States.
1889
The first Lithuanian Church in America is organized in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, with Rev. Alexander Burba as its first pastor.
1948
Farewell service is held for Dr. "Harry" Ironside who has resigned as pastor of Moody Memorial church. He will continue to serve as a world evangelist.
1963
One month before his death at age 65, English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'Autumn is really the best of the seasons; and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life.'
1977
Death of Louise Rathke, at Valparaiso, Indiana. She had been the first trained deaconess of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, to serve in India.

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