September 18: Today in Christian History

September 18: Today in Christian History

September 18th, 1987

On this day, Minister Ada Ogochukwu Ehi was born into the family of Mr. Victor and Mrs. Mabel Ndukauba. Simply, yet popularly known by her stage name, Ada Ehi, she is a Nigerian gospel singer, songwriter, recording and performing artist. You can read her full biography here.

September 18, AD 98

Birth of Marcus Ulpius Trajan, Emperor of Rome from AD 98-117. He was the third Roman emperor to rule, after Nero (54-68) and Domitian (81-96), who persecuted the Early Church. During Trajan's reign, the apostolic father Ignatius of Antioch was martyred, in AD 117.

September 18, 821

Death of Theodulph, bishop of Orleans, in a monastery at Angers 

September 18, 1519

Death of John Colet, English scholar, Catholic reformer, and friend of Erasmus.

September 18, 1634

Anne Hutchinson arrives from England to Boston, Massachusetts, where she will rouse controversy and eventually be banished.

September 18, 1639

Connecticut observes its first annual thanksgiving day as a colony, following heated debate whether or not setting aside a specific day will prompt people to neglect thanking God on other days.

September 18, 1765

Birth of Oliver Holden, early Puritan pastor and statesman. His love for music is demonstrated in the hymn tune CORONATION ("All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name"), which he composed in 1792 at the age of 27.

September 18, 1860

Pope Pius IX’s army, attempting to defend the papal states from takeover by secular Italian forces, suffers defeat at Castelfidardo. The pope loses lands the papacy has mismanaged for centuries.

September 18, 1884

Death of Jerry McAuley, founder of New York's Water Street Mission, a pioneer among American rescue missions.

September 18, 1895

Booker T. Washington delivers his "Atlanta Compromise" address.

September 18, 1905

Death of Scottish clergyman George MacDonald who wrote novels to support himself. MacDonald's writings will capture C. S. Lewis's imagination, convincing him that true Christianity is not uninteresting.

September 18, 1924

A complete Bible translation of the Old and New Testaments was published by American Bible scholar and historian James Moffatt. Moffatt's intention was to make available to the lay reader, in simple language, a current scholarly understanding of the biblical text.

September 18, 1930

Death of New England music evangelist Carrie E. Rounsefell, 69. It was Rounsefell who composed the hymn tune MANCHESTER, to which we sing today, "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go."

September 18, 1938

The Church of Constantinople accepts the formerly uniate (i.e. Catholic associated) parishes of North America as a new Orthodox diocese and consecrates Orestes Chornock to be their bishop. He will be active on many fronts, convening the diocese's first convention, supporting the formation of its youth organizaiton, and leading in the formation of an Orthodox seminary.

September 18, 1950

Bishop Makarios is elected the Orthodox Archbishop and Ethnarch of Cyprus. He will quickly move to the forefront of efforts to end British rule in Cyprus and eventually will be exiled by the British government. 

In 1959, he will negotiate a compromise agreement for an independent Cypriot republic and will be elected the first president of the Republic of Cyprus. However his situation will prove so difficult that the Greeks will attempt to assassinate him and Turkey will eventually invade the island (in 1974), seizing 40% of its territory.

September 18, 1962

The Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International was founded in Dallas by Gordon Lindsay, 56. In 1967, the name was changed to Christ for the Nations. It ministers today as a service agency supporting foreign missions through fund raising and literature distribution.

September 18, 1964

Congolese rebels ransack a missionary hospital at Wasolo. They murder two of the Congolese nurses - Constant Kokembe and Boniface Bomba - and take missionary doctor Paul Carlson hostage.

September 18, 1975

For the first time in Chile’s history, its annual Te Deum prayer service that commemorates national independence, is led not by the Roman Catholic Church but by the Methodist Pentecostal Church.

September 18, 1634

Englishwoman Anne Hutchinson arrives in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, from which she will be banished just four years later. Hutchinson was controversial for her religious views that salvation could be achieved by faith alone.

In 1637, she was put on trial and found guilty of heresy against the Puritan orthodoxy, as her teachings suggested that individuals didn’t need to attend church or follow church laws to go to Heaven. Banished from the colony, Hutchinson led a group of followers to Rhode Island, where they established a new settlement.

September 18, 1884

People pack out the Brooklyn Tabernacle for the funeral of Jerry McAuley, founder of New York's Water Street Mission and a pioneer among American rescue missions.

September 18, 1964

Congolese rebels ransacked a missionary hospital at Wasolo. They murdered two of the Congolese nurses -- Constant Kokembe and Boniface Bomba -- and took Missionary doctor Paul Carlson hostage

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