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This week in Christian history: Brother Van dies, Social Gospel supporter born, Moravian leader

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An illustration showing Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf (1700-1760), Moravian Church leader, preaching to a diverse group of people. |

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, Dec. 15-21, in Church history. They include the death of a popular Methodist circuit rider, the birth of a noted proponent of the Social Gospel, and the ordination of an influential Moravian Church leader.

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