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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, July 18

1681
Death of Georg Neumark, German educator, hymnwriter, and composer, in Thuringia. One of his best known hymns is, "If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee."
1685
Papal guards arrest the influential Quietist spiritual leader Miguel de Molinos, internationally renowned for his Spiritual Guide. He will die in prison after mistreatment and torture.
1704
Death of Baptist leader Benjamin Keach. Years earlier, he had been fined and pilloried for a work entitled A Child's Instructor which rejected infant baptism.
1753
Birth of Lemuel Haynes, colonial American Congregational clergyman. In 1785,Haynes, 32, was ordained to a church in Torrington, Connecticut, making him the firstAfrican-American to pastor a white church.
1761
Death at Fulham of Thomas Sherlock, bishop of London, notable for defences of the Christian faith.
1817
Death of Jane Austen in her sister Cassandra's arms. Suffering Addison's disease, the author is just forty-one years old. She will be remembered as one of the greatest novelists of the English language, but had also written fervent prayers which demonstrated Christian faith.
1876
American philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson noted: 'Great men are theywho see that spiritual is stronger than material, that thoughts rule the world.'
1918
Wasyl Swystun and a group of thirty influential Orthodox laymen summon one hundred and fifty-four delegates to Saskatoon, Canada, where they discuss what they consider to be the unsatisfactory direction the church in the Ukraine and the Russian Orthodox mission in Canada are headed and vote to take steps that will lead to the creation of the Ukrainian Greek-Orthodox Church of Canada.
1931
Azer Ata is ordained a priest in Egypt. He will become pope of the Coptic church in 1959, taking the name Kyrillos VI.
1988
Death of Josiah Mutabuzi Isaya Kibira, a leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania and an advocate of ecumenism.

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