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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, July 14

664
Death of Deusdedit, the sixth Archbishop of Canterbury.
1575
Death of Richard Taverner, a Bible translator and reformer in England.
1773
The first annual conference of the Methodist Church in America convened at St.George's Church in Philadelphia, PA.
1775
Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'The knowledgeof God cannot be attained by studious discussion on our parts; it must be by revelation onHis part.'
1800
Birth of Anglican clergyman Matthew Bridges. In 1848 he converted to Catholicism,under the influence of the Oxford Movement in England. He is remembered today for authoringthe hymn, 'Crown Him with Many Crowns.'
1809
Death of Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain, a champion of contemplative prayer and the co-compiler (with Macarius of Corinth) of the Philokalia (Love of the Good), an anthology of spiritual writings by monks from the desert fathers to Gregory Palamas.
1833
Anglican clergyman John Keble preached his famous sermon on national religiousapostasy. It marked the beginning of the Oxford Movement, which sought to purify andrevitalize the Church of England.
1850
Death of Johann August Wilhelm Neander. Born David Mendel, a Jew, he had taken the name Neander at his conversion and become an influential theologian and church historian.
1857
Forty-seven-year-old Ting Ang, a trader in Fuchau, China, is baptized on this day, the first Methodist convert in China.
1892
The Baptist Young People's Union held its first national convention in Detroit.The founding of the BYP Union was inspired by the earlier work of Francis E. Clark, aCongregational pastor who founded the first 'modern' youth fellowship in 1881.

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