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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, June 19

325
The month-long Council of Nicea closed. Known as the first ecumenical council in the history of the Church, it formulated the Nicene Creed and established the method for calculating Easter.
1027
(traditional) Death at Fabriano, Italy, of Romuald. Shocked at seeing his father kill a man in a duel, he became an abbot and went on to found several monasteries in Italy and eventually also the very strict Order of Camaldoli. He was so strict that his monks rebelled against him and smeared him with lies, but his own father followed his example and become a monk, too.
1530
Martin Luther writes from Coburg to his son Hans, telling him of a glorious garden to which he will be admitted if he behaves well, learns his lessons, and says his prayers.
1692
The pastor of the Salem, Massachusetts, church suggests to his congregation that the New England Psalm book be used in those cases where Mr. Ainsworth's translation has tunes too difficult for the church people.
1745
David Brainerd commences his influential journal when he begins to preach to the Indians at Crossweeksung (in New Jersey).
1750
In Massachusetts, a local council meets and recommends that the connection between Jonathan Edwards and Northhampton church be dissolved. Edwards will be dismissed three days later and will preach his farewell sermon on 1 July.
1902
Death in Tegernsee, Bavaria, Germany, of Lord Acton, an English Catholic historian famed for his saying "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
1910
Father's Day, conceived by Mrs. John B. Dodd, is first observed in Spokane, Washington, at the proclamation of the mayor. It will later become a national holiday in the United States.
1987
The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring public schools to teach creationism if they taught evolutionism. The court ruled that the state law violated the First Amendment.
2009
The Ecuadorian Christian and Missionary Alliance celebrates with U.S. and Canadian missionaries in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Pastor David Muthre, president of the national church, gives thanks that one hundred and twelve years earlier, George Fisher, J. A. Strain, and F. W. Farnol undertook the evangelization of Ecuador, followed by other Alliance missionaries, including Homer Criswell, who, in 1922, built the first evangelical church in Quito despite fierce opposition.

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© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"