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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, June 17

1703
Birth of John Wesley, English founder of Methodism. The systematic disciplines of the 'Holy Club,' which John and his brother Charles founded, elicited the nickname 'Methodies' from their critics.
1714
Performance of Bach's first sacred cantata "Ich hatte viel Bek
1791
Death of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, a lifelong supporter of revival leaders and Methodists. Hours before her death of a ruptured blood vessel, she had whispered, "I shall go to my father tonight."
1822
In New York City, the first elders of the newly founded African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church were ordained.
1859
Birth of J. Wilbur Chapman, Presbyterian pastor and evangelist who authored a number of hymns, including 'One Day When Heaven Was Filled with His Praises.'
1922
Evangelist Paul Rader in Chicago makes the first of many radio broadcasts to generate publicity for his evangelistic meetings.
1956
Founding of the Thomas Road Baptist Church by Jerry Falwell and his associates.
1963
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.'
2004
Jiang Zongxiu, a 34 year old mother and wife in China is arrested and beaten for distributing Christian literature in a marketplace. She will die the next day.
2012
Islamic terrorists bomb three churches in Kaduna State, Nigeria, killing dozens of Christians, including children, and injuring many more.

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