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Today in Christian History
North African bishops vote unanimously that Christians who lapsed under persecution must be rebaptized upon reentering the church. The vote leads to a war of words between the North Africans and Rome, where Bishop Stephen (pope) disagrees. In behalf of the North Africans, Cyprian yields, an action that the Roman church says demonstrates its supremacy over the early church.
Death of Adrian IV (Nicholas Breakspear), the only English pope.
Beheading of Angelis, a young goldsmith in Constantinople who had shown little seriousness toward his faith. However, when confronted with the choice to convert to Islam or lose his life, he had boldly confessed Christ.
Shortly after four in the morning, John Wesley meets with Thomas Coke and James Creighton, presbyters of the Church of England, to ordain Richard Whatcoat and Thomas Vasey as deacons for America. The following day they will ordain Whatcoat and Vasey as elders (Presbyters) and appoint Coke as Superintendent (Bishop) for America.
The Massachusetts Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge is instituted in Boston, the first tract society established in North America.
When missionaries Marcus Whitman, H. H. Spalding, and their wives reach Walla Walla, Washington, Eliza Spaulding and Narcissa Whitman are the first white women to have crossed the North American continent.
Jessie Wengler, an Assemblies of God missionary in Japan, experiences an earthquake and flees to a bamboo grove for safety.
Death of Lewis E. Jones, YMCA leader. He wrote the hymn tune POWER IN THE BLOOD ( "Would You Be Free from Your Burden of Sin?" ).
Death in Manila of Gregorio Aglipay, the main founder and first bishop of the Philippine Independent Church (Iglesia Filipina Independiente).
A mob of nearly 1,000 Islamists attacks Christians gathered in a home to pray in Dimshaw, Egypt. The mob claims that the Christians don't have a license, and a rumor spreads that they are on the verge of building a new church. Only twenty-five attackers are arrested and the court will release twenty-one of them.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"