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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, March 27

853
Death of Haymo, a Saxon monk and scholar, and founder of the library of Halberstadt.
1329
Pope John XXII issues In Agro Dominico condemning twenty-eight propositions of the Dominican mystic Meister Eckhart.
1536
Swiss Protestants in Strassbourg and Constance signed the First Helvetic Confession. It became the first major document setting forth the common faith of the Swiss Protestant churches.
1683
King Christian V of Denmark commissions pastor and poet Thomas Kingo to prepare a new hymnal for use in Danish churches.
1840
Scottish clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne wrote in a letter: 'No person can be a child of God without living in secret prayer; and no community of Christians can be in a lively condition without unity in prayer.'
1889
Death in Britain of John Bright, an English Quaker parliamentarian, famous for his speeches and advocacy of reforms.
1920
Death of Francis Nathan Peloubet, American Congregational clergyman known for his annual volumes of Select Notes on the International Sunday School Lessons.
1921
The first Southern Baptist church to be constituted in the state of Arizona was organized in Phoenix formed principally of churchmen who protested the doctrinal views held by leaders of the Northern Baptist Convention.
1981
Alfred Selepe, Nazarene church-planter, pastor, and evangelist in South Africa is attacked by two young men, probably gangsters, and suffers eleven stab wounds but will recover after treatment.
1993
Security officers in Shaanxi Province, China, descend on a house church and beat the leaders. They then force the lay Christians to beat the leaders, too. They beat and expose some of the church's women, hang some Christians from beams and beat them again, before forcing Lai Manping and several other badly-beaten Christians to crawl eighteen miles to a police station. Fearing than Lai will die in custody, they order him to leave. He is found dead on a roadside, having tried to crawl home.

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