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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, July 27

1649
An Act for Promoting and Propagating the Gospel in New England is ordered by English House of Commons, inspired by the work of John Eliot among the American Indians.
1656
Eight Quakers from England arrive at Boston on the Speedwell and are immediately imprisoned by Puritan authorities. The Puritans look upon Quakerism with suspicion, regarding it as theologically apostate and politically subversive.
1741
Birth of Fran‡ois H. Barth‚l‚mon, French Swedenborgian composer. Two of his manyworks later became hymn tunes: AUTUMN (Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus) and BALERMA (Oh, fora Closer Walk with God).
1749
Death of John Sergeant, missionary to New England's Indians. Among his memorable actions had been enlisting David Brainerd as a fellow-missionary to the Indians.
1814
Death of philanthropist Isabella Graham in New York City. She had trained poor women to learn life skills and habits of thrift, and authored a best-seller, The Power of Faith. Her charities had been inspired by her Christian faith.
1861
Birth of Cyrus H. Nusbaum, an American Methodist clergyman who penned the hymn,'Would You Live for Jesus, and Be Always Pure and Good?' (aka 'His Way With Thee').
1901
Death of Bible scholar Brooke Foss Westcott. With Fenton J. A. Hort, he revised the Greek text of the New Testament. As bishop of Durham, he had taken an interest in the lot of the coal miners and had been able to avert labor problems because of the high esteem in which the miners held him.
1913
William Wade Harris, a visionary black preacher, sets out to evangelize the French colony of Ivory Coast where he achieves notable success.
1926
William Sangster is ordained in Wesley Chapel. He will become one of the most influential leaders of the British Methodists during the twentieth century and will constantly appeal to Methodists to return to their roots and seek deeper faith. He also will resist anti-Semitism.
1936
Death of Ding Shujing, the first woman to lead China's branch of the Young Women's Christian Association.

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