September 12: Today in Christian History

September 12: Today in Christian History

September 12, 1729

John W. Fletcher, early Methodist theologian, was born. During the Calvinism-Arminianism controversy within Methodisism in the mid-eighteenth century, Fletcher became the chief defender of evangelical Arminianism. John Wesley hoped Fletcher would be his successor, but Fletcher died six years before Wesley.

Name of Mary Feast: September 12

The Most Holy Name of Mary feast day honors Mary, the Mother of God, as blessed. It takes place each year on September 12th, four days after the feast of the Birth of the Blessed Mother. The feast day encourages us all to pray for her intercession to deepen our love of Christ and our relationship with the Lord.

The Most Holy Name of Mary originated in Spain in the sixteenth century. In 1683, Pope Innocent XI extended the feast day to the universal Church and gave it the September 12th date. The date is significant because it marks a battle victory for Christian Europe against the Muslim Turks. The Christians prayed for the intercession of Mary throughout their long and arduous campaign before achieving victory.

September 12, 1788

Alexander Campbell, one of the founders of the Disciples of Christ and the Church of Christ, is born in Ballymena, Ireland.

September 12, 1960

Pastor Bimbo Odukoya, popularly known as "Pastor Bims"(Née Abimbola Rosemary Segun-Williams) was born on September 12, 1960.

September 12, 1931

Adrian Pierce Rogers, born on September 12, 1931 – November 15, 2005, was an American Southern Baptist pastor and conservative author. He served three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (1979–1980 and 1986–1988).

September 12, 2000

Pastor Yesu Dasu was beheaded in Karimnagar, India, by unidentified assailants who struck him in the neck with an axe several times before he died.

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