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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, November 26

1639
Death of John Spottiswoode, who had sought to assimilate the Presbyterian church of Scotland into the Church of England, and served as Archbishop of St. Andrews, Primate of All Scotland. He had also written The History of the Church and State of Scotland.
1731
Birth in Hertfordshire, England, of William Cowper, who becomes a notable pre-Romantic poet, known in Christian circles for the hymns "God Moves in Mysterious Ways," and "There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood," and a collection titled Olney Hymns ( with John Newton) .
1789
President George Washington proclaimed this date (a Thursday) to be the first national Thanksgiving Day holiday. (National Thanksgiving days were periodically proclaimed by presidents, until in 1863 Abraham Lincoln inaugurated the practice of annually setting the fourth Thursday in November aside for Thanksgiving Day.)
1792
Birth of Sarah Grimk
1899
Individuals with Church of Christ leanings open a little stone chapel at Wampoony, South Australia.
1901
Death of American scholar Joseph Henry Thayer, who produced a famous Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, for many years the standard in its field.
1926
Louise Rathke, RN, first Missouri Synod deaconess, sails for India as a missionary.
1958
In a rejoinder to critic W.N. Pittenger, published in The Christian Century, C.S. Lewis acknowledges that most of what he writes is evangelistic.
1962
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'No doubt [my body] has often led me astray: but not half so often, I suspect, as my soul has led IT astray. For the spiritual evils ... arise more from the imagination than from the appetites.'
2001
Islamic authorities in Turkey order pastor Ahmet Guvener to halt construction on a church that is almost complete, alleging he has illegally changed the architectural plans. He will soon be placed on trial.

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