Christian History Institute

Sharing our story of faith across the ages

Today in

Prev Thursday, August 17, 2017 Next

Christian History

A. S. Azariah

It Happened Today: V. S. Azariah: India’s Amazing Home-Grown Apostle (1874)

Azariah founded two mission societies, helped unify India's Protestants, and grew a struggling church.

Read More
The D. L. Moody Year Book

Devotional (2016 church year): Avoid spiritualist practices (1900)

To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this...

Read More

(or 18th) Death of Bautista Silva, the first convert of the Piaroa tribe in Venezuela. He helped with Bible translation and sought to win others to Christ, traveling on foot and sitting up all night to speak about Jesus if need be.

Authority for the date:

Personal letter to David Holden.


Death of Richard Upjohn, an architect who had designed many Christian churches in the United States, applying revived English Gothic architectural style. Because of his strong faith, he refused a commission to design a Unitarian church building, considering Unitarians anti-Christian.

Authority for the date:



Stephen and Mary Riggs, missionaries among the Dakota, hold service in the chapel at Hazelwood for the last time. An Indian uprising will force them to flee and the exertions of their flight will completely undermine Mary’s health.

Authority for the date:

Riggs, Stephen. Mary and I.

John Witherspoon is inaugurated as president of the College of New Jersey (later known as Princeton). Authority for the date: Lossing, B. J. Signers of the Declaration of Independence. New York: George F. Cooledge & Brother, 1848.
Presbyterian pastor John Craig arrives in America, disembarking in Delaware. The first settled minister in western Virginia, he travels the region preaching and baptizing. Authority for the date: Dolack, Bill. Forgotten Foot Soldiers. Lulu Press, 2005.

Two thousand Nonconformist pastors preach farewell sermons to their congregations in England, having been expelled from their pulpits by law.

Authority for the date:

Morgan, Robert J. On This Day. Nelson, 1997.


Repose (death) of Philip of Sukhona, a notable Orthodox hermit on Mt. Yankov. Considering himself unworthy, he had refused to become head of the monastery there.

Authority for the date:

Richard Mather arrives in Boston, the first of the “Mather Dynasty” in New England. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.