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This week in Christian history: Hymns in battle, missionary group founded, ‘Like a River Glorious’

An early twentieth century painting depicting the Battle of Springfield, New Jersey, which occurred in 1780 during the American Revolution.
An early twentieth century painting depicting the Battle of Springfield, New Jersey, which occurred in 1780 during the American Revolution. | Wikimedia Commons

Christianity is a faith with a long and detailed history, with numerous events of lasting significance occurring throughout the ages.

Each week brings the anniversaries of great milestones, horrid tragedies, amazing triumphs, telling tribulations, inspirational progress, and everything in between.

Here are just a few things that happened this week, June 23-29, in Church history. They include the creation of a major missionary organization, a battle in which hymns were used in a military way, and the death of the composer of the hymn “Like a River Glorious.”

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