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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, September 12

1217
The Dominicans arrive in Paris for the first time and go straight to the center of the city to begin their mission work.
1743
The first service is held in the unfinished Augustus Lutheran Church of Trappe, Pennsylvania, an event which will later be seen as a historic moment in Lutheran history in America.
1782
By resolution, the U.S. Congress officially endorses Robert Aitken's publication of an English-language Bible, the first in America.
1803
Barton Stone and others form the Springfield (Ohio) Presbytery, having withdrawn from the Kentucky Synod because it censured them. Stone had recently been a key figure in the Cane Ridge revival in Kentucky, and will be a leader in the Stone-Campbell movement that births the Churches of Christ, Disciples of Christ, and other denominations. However, he had rejected the traditional Christian view of the Trinity and Presbyterian views of election, predestination, and retrobation.
1830
Death of John Henry Hobart, Episcopal bishop of the New York diocese. Energetic in extending the church, he established branches in almost every major city of New York state, sent missionaries to the Oneida Indians, founded General Theological Seminary, and revived another college that will later be renamed Hobart College in his honor.
1859
Christians in Bicester, England, commence a daily prayer meeting that will result in revival.
1901
Fei Qihao, after escaping Boxer revolutionaries in China, arrives at San Francisco, intending to study at Oberlin College in Ohio, but is denied entry into the United States on technicalities. He will eventually reach Oberlin and return to China to work with its YMCA. He also will serve in prominent government positions.
1909
When traditional Methodist missionaries will not allow Nellie Laidlaw (a.k.a. Sister Elena) to speak "in the Spirit", Chileans side with her and form their own church, which soon becomes the first large Pentecostal movement in South America. Within seventy years, it will have one million converts. This date will be remembered as Reformation Day in Chile.
1945
Poland's Communist government abrogates its concordat with the Roman Catholic church.
1972
Death of Rose M. Horton, who had worked as a missionary and Bible translator in Kenya for Africa Inland Mission and was largely responsible for getting the entire Bible translated into the Kambla language. She had been nicknamed "Happy" by the Africans.

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